May 4 - May
7, 2011

2011 marks the 101st running of the BYU Invitational.  In 1911, BYU Athletic Director Eugene Roberts created what has become the BYU Invitational, the longest running and most prestigious track and field invitational in the inter-mountain west. 
The 2011 BYU Invitational will follow the same format as last year. 

Qualifying Standards





3A-5A Girls










































Long Jump





High Jump










Shot Put





Pole Vault





Saturday Heat Sheets


Lap Splits of Distance Races

Time Schedule

Combined Events


Wednesday, May 4
3:00 pm Start
Heptathlon - 1st Day
100 Meter Hurdles
High Jump
Shot Put
Decathlon - 1st Day
100 Meters
Long Jump
Shot Put
High Jump
400 Meters


Thursday, May 5
3:00 pm Start
Heptathlon - 2nd Day
Long Jump
800 Meters
Decathlon - 2nd Day
110 Meter Hurdles
Pole Vault
1500 Meters

Field Events


Friday, May 6
Facility opens at 7:00a
Implement Weigh-in 7:00a - 1:00p
 8:30 Long Jump Boys 3A-5A (2 pits)
12:00 Long Jump Boys 1A-2A (2 pits)
 8:30 Javelin Girls 3A-5A
11:30 Javelin Girls 1A-2A
 8:30 Discus Girls 3A-5A
11:30 Discus Girls 1A-2A
 8:30 Shot Put Boys 3A-5A
12:30 Shot Put Boys 1A-2A
10:00 High Jump Girls (2 pits)


Saturday, May 7
Facility opens at 6:30a
Implement Weigh-in 6:30a - 1:00p
 8:00 Javelin Boys 1A-2A
 9:30 Javelin Boys 3A-5A
 9:00 Shot Put Girls 1A-2A
11:00 Shot Put Girls 3A-5A
 9:00 Long Jump Girls 1A-2A (2 pits)
10:45 Long Jump Girls 3A-5A  (2 pits)
 9:00 High Jump Boys (2 pits)
10:00 Pole Vault Boys
 1:00 Discus Boys 3A-5A
 4:00 Discus Boys 1A-2A

Running Events

  Friday, May 6
Facility opens at 7:00a
10:00 AM G 3200 Finals
10:30 B 3200 Finals
11:00 G 100H Trials 1A-2A (back-stretch)
11:00 G 100H Trials 3A-5A (back-stretch)
11:00 B 100 Trials 1A-2A (home-stretch)
11:00 B 100 Trials 3A-5A (home-stretch)
11:50 B 110H Trials 1A-2A (back-stretch)
11:50 B 110H Trials 3A-5A (back-stretch)
11:50 G 100 Trials 1A-2A (home-stretch)
11:50 G 100 Trials 3A-5A (home-stretch)
1:10 PM G 400 Trials 1A-2A
1:24 G 400 Trials 3A-5A
1:56 B 400 Trials 1A-2A
2:10 B 400 Trials 3A-5A
2:42 G 300H Trials 1A-2A
2:52 G 300H Trials 3A-5A
3:12 B 300H Trials 1A-2A
3:20 B 300H Trials 3A-5A
3:42 G 200 Trials 1A-2A
3:53 G 200 Trials 3A-5A
4:18 B 200 Trials 1A-2A
4:35 B 200 Trials 3A-5A
  Saturday, May 7
Facility opens at 6:30a
10:00 AM G 1600 Sections
10:40 B 1600 Sections
11:18 G 4x100 Sections
11:34 B 4x100 Sections
11:50 G 800 Sections
12:17 B 800 Sections
12:39 G Medley Section
1:09 B Medley Section
1:37 G 4x400 Sections
2:03 B 4x400 Sections
2:27 break
Golden Hour
2:55 PM Opening Ceremonies
3:05 G 4x100 Top Seeded Sections (2)
3:13 B 4x100 Top Seeded Sections (2)
3:22 G 1600 Top Seeded Section (top 18)
3:29 B 1600 Top Seeded Section (top 18)
3:39 G 100H Finals
3:46 B 110H Finals
3:52 G 100 Finals
3:56 B 100 Finals
4:04 G 400 Finals
4:09 B 400 Finals
4:19 G 300H Finals
4:27 B 300H Finals
4:37 G 800 Top Seeded Section (top 15)
4:41 B 800 Top Seeded Section (top 15)
4:48 G Medley Top Seeded Section (1)
4:54 B Medley Top Seeded Section (1)
5:05 G 200 Finals
5:10 B 200 Finals
5:20 G 4x400 Top Seeded Section (1)
5:27 B 4x400 Top Seeded Section (1)


Seeding Parameters  
Entry Limits - Each team can enter athletes into up to 24 events per gender, as in the past.  This means that each gender can only have 24 participations, regardless of how many athletes are involved.  The relays and the 3200 are not included in the 24 participations.  Each athlete can participate in up to 4 events, including the relays. 

Field Events - For all field events, all athletes will be seeded into flights by division (large or small).  The athletes with the best seed marks will be seeded into the later flights.  Each athlete will be given three attempts.  The top 9 athletes in the small school division and the top 9 athletes in the large school division will advance to an 18 person final, where they will each be given three additional attempts.

3200 - Timed Finals.  All athletes will be pooled together.  50 athletes, 10 from each classification, are accepted into the meet.  The top 10 athletes in each classification will be accepted. Each race will be split evenly into two sections of 25 athletes. 

1600 - Timed Finals.  All athletes will be pooled together.  Each race will be split evenly into sections of about 18 athletes, with the top 9 athletes from each division (small and large) competing in the final section, the final having 18 athletes.  The final section will be contested during the Golden Hour, with the other sections competing in the morning session.

800 - Timed Finals.  All athletes will be pooled together.  Each race will be split evenly into sections of about 15-18 athletes, with the top 15 athletes overall competing in the final section, the final having 15 athletes.  The final section will be contested during the Golden Hour, with the other sections competing in the morning session.

Races running Heats/Finals - Athletes will be pooled by division (small and large) and seeded separately by division into heats, using serpentine parameters.  The top 9 athletes from each division will advance to the finals.  Advancing athletes will be grouped together and seeded into two sections, with the top athletes running in the second section.

Relays - The top 9 relays from each classification will be accepted into the meet. Please enter your alternate relay members in positions 5 and 6. The final section will be contested during the Golden Hour, with the other sections competing in the morning session.

Registration - Registration will close on Monday, May 2nd, at 8:00 a.m.

Entry Fees - Entry fees are $5 per athlete.  Each team will be responsible to pay for each athlete entered into the meet, regardless of whether the athlete actually does participate.  The number of athletes in your roster when registration closes will determine your team entry fees.

Combined Events - A Decathlon and Heptathlon will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.  The combined events will not be sanctioned by the UHSAA as a State Qualifying Meet.  They will be held in the afternoon, starting at 3:00 p.m. each day.  We have scheduled the start as late as possible with the objective to minimize time away from school and still allow us to be completed each day before dark.  The top 9 male and 9 female athletes that register from both large and small schools will be invited, for a total of 18 boys and 18 girls.  The marks that will be used to estimate a combined event score will be the marks for each athlete listed in the 2011 descending order lists, available on RunnerCardThe marks that are on the list at 8:00 a.m., Monday, April 25th, will be used.  You can use the following Decathlon/Heptathlon Scoring website to calculate the point value of each mark.  Field event distances must be entered in meters.  All submitted marks will be displayed here for review: Decathlon Entries, Heptathlon Entries.

Results of the Combined Event will earn double points toward the team scores (20, 16, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2).  Combined Events count as part of the 4 event limit. The Combined events are are not sanctioned by the UHSAA.  You do not need to guess if your athlete will qualify and thus need to save two state qualifying meets for the Invitational.  This also means that if an athlete earns a state qualifying mark in the Decathlon or Heptathlon, the mark can not be used to qualify for state.  

"Golden Hour" - Most event finals will be run during the day on Saturday, with the top sections of the finals being run during the "Golden Hour" from 3:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon.  Friday during the day and Saturday in the morning will be the time of the majority of the qualifying rounds for the track events. Field events will be scheduled across both days.

Top Athletes Head-to-head - All finals will consist of 1 or 2 sections.  In general, 9 athletes from the large schools and 9 athletes from the smaller schools will advance to a final.  The top 9 athletes will compete in the 2nd section, regardless of whether they are large or small school athletes.  This will allow for the top athletes to compete head-to-head whether they be a large or a small school athlete and will enable the exciting "Golden Hour" on Saturday afternoon of the top athletes in the meet.  We have medals just the same as last year. We will present medals to the top 3 athletes in each division, regardless of where they place in their respective races, or which race they compete in. Remember that the Golden Hour will generally have two sections of the races. The "slower" section will also be in the Golden Hour for most races. The only exceptions are some of the relays.

Team Scoring - Team scoring will be the same as always.  Large school athletes will be scored against large school athletes, whether they competed in the same section or not.  Small school athletes will be scored against small school athletes, whether they competed in the same section or not.  Field events will be held over the two days, similar to the past, though following the same format of 9 large and 9 small school athletes advancing to the final. 

Team Packet pickup - Packet pickup for teams will be available on Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm. during the Decathlon / Heptathlon, and also on Friday morning.  If you would like to pick up your packet before Friday, that will simplify Friday morning. 

Qualifying Standards - Each athlete that is accepted into the meet must have met the qualifying standard for each event during the 2011 season in a state qualifying meet as certified by the UHSAA.  Seed marks will only be pulled from the database of marks submitted to the UHSAA for this season. 

Hotel Room Information

We have negotiated hotel discounts with the following Hotels:

Hotel Contact Phone # Rooms  Rate  Rebate/Notes
Comfort Inn-Orem Puja 431-0405 48 Double Queens;
19 One King; 10 King Suite
$64-$74 CODE: BYU Track & Field
La Quinta Inn-Provo Towne Center Bryson 374-9750 20 Double Queens $74.99 Hot Breakfast,
4 People per Room
Sleep Inn-Provo Bryson 377-6597 12 Double Queens $64.99;
$69.99 Upgraded Queens
Continental Breakfast
La Quinta Inn-Orem Victor 235-9555 35 $67  
Hampton Inn Mike 377-6396 12 $84  
Courtyard Craig 404-1648 5 Kings; 10 Double Doubles $84  
SpringHill Suites Craig 404-1648 5 Kings; 15 Queen Queens $95  
Hampton Inn & Suites-Orem Sarah 426-8500 40 Standard $89  
Super 8 Christy/Prem 374-6020 75 $95  
Provo Marriott Michael 377-4700   $79  
Towne Place Suites Craig 404-1648 15 Doubles; 5 Kings $84  


Brigham Young University Invitational Meet and Relay Carnival.

Gene Roberts explained (162:16) that as soon as he got “settled” and adjusted to his responsibilities at Brigham Young University, he began to put into effect a dream that he had had when he first attended the Pennsylvania Relay Carnival; this was during the Spring of 1910. To begin a miniature carnival at Brigham Young University, he invited several nearby high schools and also the Provo elementary schools to participate in a few competitive track and field events, which included some relays. This was done during the Spring of 1911 in connection with the annual interclass track and field meet.
Influencing the beginning, growth, and evolution of the athletic pageant was the unique
conception among the Mormon youth of both sexes--competition matching skill against endurance; beauty of performance against its kind; and not man against man nor school against school. Sportsmanship and mutual appreciation were and always have been objectives of the meet (87:77).
At the first meet, Roberts recalled (169:24) that the contestants were mainly interclass
performers from Brigham Young University, and from three or four schools from Utah county that had been invited to participate. The second year of this event, Heber, from outside the county, was invited, and from that time on the invitations were increased and the number of events were enlarged. As the number of schools increased, it was necessary to divide the squads into “A” and “B” classes. Then the junior colleges, colleges, college freshmen, junior high schools, and finally girls’ events were added to the meet, resulting in the huge program that still continues today. Gene Roberts recalled the start as a humble one, and he attributed the growth of the event, in a large part, to the competing coaches. After each meet, Gene would write letters to every one of the coaches and officials who had taken part in the meet, asking for suggestions to improve the events. He would take these suggestions into consideration, and upgrade the meet accordingly. Each year the officials remained the same, so that much of the burden of the meet was able to be placed on the shoulders of those men who knew exactly what was expected of them without help or advice from the leaders.
Speaking of this aspect of the meet, Reed Swenson (226) stated: The meet was well organized as to the time of the events, the heats in track events, and the qualifying trials for the field events. Coach Roberts’ physical education majors, along with others, would act as officials, judges, recorders, announcers, etc. These experiences assured that every
major (physical education) student had the ability to conduct a track meet.
Individual competition was the main thrust of the meet, from its inception. One of the major reasons that all around competition was started was to take the strong athletes away from the regular events, and thereby do away with the chance for anyone trying to select a team champion.
Reiterating the purpose of the meet, Coach Roberts emphasized (87:79) "The great purpose of the meet has been clearly understood by the general public for several
years. It was to bring together hundreds of athletically inclined and interested people for mutual stimulation and benefit."
In an atmosphere of athletic pageantry predominating at the carnival, the stress and strain of competition was lessened, and the spirit of crowd reaction and universal participation found full expression. Points were not awarded winners of places. Instead, individual medals, pennants, and trophies were presented to individuals and teams who happened to emerge victorious from the various competitions.
From its small beginning, the meet grew rapidly until it became one of the greatest athletic carnivals in the west; from a few participants to more than three thousand young men and women who competed for medals, trophies, and banners.
A unique feature of this event was the Women’s Posture Parade. Working first with Algie
Ballif and later Wilma Jepson, Coach Roberts helped bring this event into the meet. Algie Ballif (8) related the following: Gene wanted a posture parade, and he knew that I was unusually anxious about the posture of the girls. The first posture parade that was held at Brigham Young University was held while I was teaching physical education there with E. L. Roberts. I am almost sure that he got this idea in Germany, while on his mission. At that time they were at their zenith of greatness and power, and doing so much for all classes, for men and women, to keep them physically fit. We had white suits with dark black bloomers. It was a beautiful sight. We would get up early and go up to the track to
practice, and watch the lines. We had very simple formations. This grew into a great event. It brought together girls from all of the major high schools in Utah. They competed with each other. I have had some of my students tell me, that even in their old age, when they were all crouched down, that they remember the influence of my physical education classes and the influence of E. L. Roberts in the posture parades.
Explaining some of the background behind this particular event, Reed Swenson (226)
reported: Gene believed that the posture of many women and girls was poor. We were taught how to evaluate the spine for various deformities due to habit. To correct these problems, he added to the Invitational Track Meet, A Posture Parade for high school girls. They would march in groups, and were judged on their posture and formations. As a result of this competition, many of the high schools emphasized posture training in their year-round gym classes. I was teaching at Murray High School from 1929 through 1933, and they had won the merit rating consistently in the Posture Parade, and a tradition of good posture was established.