WOMEN'S TENNIS: At San Diego, the BYU women’s tennis team battled throughout the day, but couldn't come up with a win and fell 4-0 to Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference Championship semifinals at the Barnes Tennis Center on Friday.
The No. 2-seed Cougars lost the doubles point and so were trailing 1-0 heading into the singles matches.
“We were slow today when we started our doubles matches,” BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We couldn’t pick up our energy when we headed into the singles matches. It just wasn’t our day.”
In singles, the Gaels' Jenny Jullien topped Mayci Jones at No. 1, 6-1, 6-3. Danielle Flores had to work hard for every point, but got past the Cougars' Nicolette Tran 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2, and Parmider Kaur topped BYU's Morgan Anderson at No. 6 to seal the Gaels' win.
The Cougars (12-8) closed out an impressive 2013-14 campaign with a second place finish in the WCC and a perfect 8-0 record at home.
TRACK: At Provo, several Cougars registered personal best and regional qualifying marks at the Robison Invitational.
“All in all, this was probably one of our best performances as a team this season,” BYU coach Ed Eyestone said. “We had great showings in a lot of events. I’m very happy for our coaches and athletes.”
For the men, freshman Tanner Sork ran a personal best and regional qualifying time in winning the 800 meters (1:49.71). Korey Smith and Mark Carlson were 1-2 in the 400m hurdles (51.26, 51.35) for PBs and RQTs. Chase Horrocks and Evan Argyle were 1-2 in the mile (4:10.10, 4:10.88). Freshman Zachary Blackham (7-1) and sophomore Sam Rockwood (6-11) were 1-2 in the high jump with RQMs. BYU went 1-4 in the javelin and shot put, with Kyle Baker (204-4), Wyatt Warnick, Keith Keller and Zachary Stetler coming through in the javelin and Stetler (57-7.75), Craig Merkley, Mitchell Swensen and Aaron Clark sweeping the shot put.
Other first-place finishers for BYU were Spencer Gardner (5,000m, 14:59.37), Tyrell Yardley (400m, 46.84) and Alex Ashworth (long jump, 23-9.75). Fan Fan Charles and Tyler Sorensen were 3-4 in the 100m (10.66, 10.71).
For the BYU women, freshman Shea Martinez and sophomore Lexi Eaton led the way. Martinez won the 800m in a RQT of 2;06.45, more than five seconds better than the second-place finisher. Competing for the first time in almost two years, Eaton won the high jum (5-10.75), a height that ranks her among the top 20 in the nation and has her in the hunt for a spot in the regional meet.
Other top BYU finishes included Martha Shepard (hammer, fourth, 191-0.25, PB), Nicole Laws, Anginae Monteverde and Kaylee Packham (100m hurdles, second, fourth, fifth, 14.41, 14.58, 14.63), Deezbaa Whaley (discus, fifth, 160-0.5, PB), Rachel Fisher and Sierra Hansen (pole vault, second, fourth, 12-6.5).
The Robison Invitational continues today, beginning with the men’s hammer throw at 10 a.m.