Amy Menlove Otis

MormonTimes Article: Amy Menlove: track champion, RM, newlywed

“Returned LDS missionary, track star and pentathlon champion, Amy Menlove isn't letting any grass grow beneath her feet.

“The day after picking up accolades from Brigham Young University for her participation in the university's recent, big track win, she was married in the new Draper Utah Temple.”

BYU Athletics Article: Menlove Named MWC Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year

“BYU All-American Amy Menlove was selected by Mountain West Conference head coaches as the MWC Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year on Thursday.

“‘It’s an incredible honor,’ Menlove said.  ‘Honestly, I wouldn’t be where I am without God, my family, the coaching staff and my teammates.  I’m so lucky to have such an amazing support group.’”

“Menlove will take the next week off to get married.  She will return to action immediately after for the outdoor season.”

Saturday, March 14, 2009

On Thursday evening, Amy was honored with her second USTFCCCA Women’s Field Athlete of the Year Award for the Mountain Region.  The award was presented with the following statement: “Menlove scored 30 points at the Mountain West Conference Championships to lead BYU to its eighth women’s MWC indoor title in the last ten years. She automatically qualified in the women’s long jump (21’ 2.75”) which ranks sixth nationally and is provisionally qualified in the pentathlon (4,048 points). Menlove was named the MWC Athlete of the Week twice in 2009 and received the MWC Conference Championship Women’s High Point Award.”

On Friday, she WON the NCAA Division I title in the pentathalon with a score of 4,365.  An hour later she jumped 6.40 m (21’) to place seventh in the open long jump competition.  This year's long jump competition was notably competetive, with seven competitors jumping 21 feet or more with only 13 cm (5¼”) separating them.

Her performance helped the BYU Women's Track Team place third in the nation (after coming into the meet ranked 14th)!  Go Cougars!!!  The other points came from the distance medly team who placed third in a school record-breaking time of 10:56.73, Lacey Cramer who took the 800 m title in a time of 2:04.27, and Katie Palmer who placed fourth in the same race in 2:04.75.

Deseret News Article: BYU's Menlove wins pentathlon crown

“Amy Menlove, a junior from Alta High School, won a rare NCAA championship for BYU at Friday's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas.

“Menlove took first place in the pentathlon — a combination of five events — to become BYU's first individual indoor NCAA champion since Tiffany Lott turned the feat in 1997. She is only the fourth BYU athlete ever to win an indoor title.”

“Menlove, already one of the most decorated BYU track athletes ever, took first place in the first event of the competition, the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.26. But after competing in the next two events – the high jump (5-6 1/2) and shot put (38 feet, 1 inch), she slipped to fourth. Then Menlove popped a 21-foot leap in the long jump — the best jump of the day — to take over first place again. She maintained her lead by winning the 800-meter run with a personal-best time of 2:18.65.”

“Still exhausted from the pentathlon, she managed to place seventh with another 21-foot jump to earn another All-America citation.”

BYU Athletics Article: Menlove Wins National Championship and Cougars Sit in First

“BYU All-American Amy Menlove won the women’s pentathlon, propelling BYU into first place at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas on Friday.”

“Menlove, one of the most decorated track athletes in BYU history, became the fourth Cougar to win an Indoor National Championship. Her point total in the pentathlon (4,365) on Friday is a school record, a Mountain West Conference record and a 2009 NCAA season-best mark.”

“The pentathlon is a combined event consisting of the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and 800-meter run. Menlove finished first in both the 60-meter hurdles (8.26) and long jump (21’-0”) events, helping her upset the nations No. 1 seed Gayle Hunter of Penn State who took second with 4,342 points.

“Menlove also earned a personal best time in the 800-meter (2:18.65) and shot put (38’1.50”), which helped lead to her fourth-career NCAA All-America certificate.”

Sunday, March 1, 2009

As you will see, Amy did more than her part to help the BYU Women's Track Team win the 2009 Mountain West Conference Indoor Track & Field Title!  In addition to winning the pentathalon on Friday, she placed first in the 60 m hurdles, second in the Long Jump, and seventh in the 60 m dash.  All in all she gained 30 (10+8+10+2) points for her team and became the high-point champion!  Here is a summary of her performance:

Congratulations, Amy, on an outstanding meet!

Deseret News Article: BYU track, swimming: Y. dominates MWC swim, track events

“It was Championship Saturday for Brigham Young University, as the Cougars swept both team titles in the Mountain West Conference indoor track and field championships staged at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, and BYU claimed a third conference crown in the MWC swimming and diving championships held at Oklahoma City, Okla.

“BYU won the women's indoor track and field meet with 224 points, with TCU a distant second with 117.

“BYU's Craig Poole was named MWC coach of the year, and Amy Menlove won the 60-meter hurdles and was the high-point champion with 30 points.”

MWC Article: BYU Men and Women Win MWC Indoor Track & Field Championships

“The BYU men and women both emerged victorious in the 2009 Mountain West Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Air Force Academy. The Cougar men won their seventh-straight title, while the BYU women took home their eighth crown in 10 years.”

“Women's High Point Award - Amy Menlove, BYU (30)”

“BYU junior Amy Menlove defended her 2005 60-meter hurdle crown, winning the event with a provisional-qualifying time of 8.365. TCU senior Kishelle Paul followed closely behind, also registering a provisional-qualifying time of 8.370. Candise Maxwell, a UNLV junior, ran a time of 8.42 to finish third.”

“The BYU Cougars won the men's mile for the seventh-consecutive year, as senior Kyle Perry made a late sprint past teammate Miles Batty to defend his championship title and finish in 4:21.04.”

BYU NewsNet Article: Menlove Wins Pentathlon, Men Lead in Heptathlon

“All-American Amy Menlove won the MWC pentathlon for the second time in her career with a total of 4,018 points. Menlove is only the second MWC athlete to win the prestigious title twice.

“‘It was a great competition with great athletes,’ said Menlove. ‘I thought Mindy Robins, Mindy Neeley and I performed well. We have a strong team and I think tomorrow and the rest of the meet should be really exciting.’”

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Here are the results of the 2009 Mountain West Conference Pentathalon Championship:

1. Amy MenloveBYU4018 points
2. Mindy NeeleyBYU3754 points
3. Meaghan PeoplesTCU3649 points
4. Mindy RobinsBYU3393 points

Congratulations to Amy and her teammates!  A solid performance by all three.

Monday, February 16, 2009

This past weekend Amy competed in the Air Force Invitational where she won the 60 m hurdle competition, placed second in the long jump, and third in the 200 m dash.  She once again beat her personal best in the 60 m hurdles with a time of 8.21 seconds!  And all this after a very rigorous training week.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Yesterday Amy competed in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York in the long jump and 60 m hurdles.  She placed second in the long jump with a jump of 6.47 m (21’ 2¾”).  She was edged out of the final in the 60 m hurdles by 0.003 seconds, but won the consolation race in a time of 8.24 seconds (her best yet)!  That time would have placed her fifth.

Today she ran on a 4 x 400 m relay team that placed first in the collegiate race in a time of 3:41.2.  Go BYU!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today Amy won her third Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week Award from her performance last Saturday.  I'd say the track and field season is off to a good start!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Amy competed at the Cherry and Silver Invitational at the University of New Mexico today and performed very well!  She won the long jump competition with a jump of 6.26 m (20’ 6½”), placed second in the 60 m hurdles with a time of 8.27 seconds, and was on the winning 4 x 400 m team!

That currently puts her 5th in NCAA Division 1 rankings in both the long jump and 60 m hurdles.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Track season has begun and Amy is back!  She competed in her first pentathalon in over two years at the Cougar Indoor Invitational on January 9th and won with a score of 4,048 points, two points off of an automatic entry into the NCAA Indoor National Championships this March!  Her performance also earned her the Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week Award.  Congratulations, Amy!  Keep up the good work!!!