Personal bests and regional qualifiers highlight Sacramento State Open
SACREMENTO, Calif. – Personal bests and regional qualifiers highlighted the Sacramento State Open as the No. 7 BYU men’s track and field team and the No. 35 women’s team competed at Hornet Stadium on Saturday.
“I think this was a good meet,” head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We accomplished some of our goals – to improve our regional marks – and saw athletes who have been on the outside looking in punch their ticket to regionals.”
BYU secured the top four spots in the 3000m steeplechase. Porter Reddish finished first (8:43.00), Garrett Marsing followed in second (8:55.18), Cade Perry came in third (9:07.33) and Alex Hedquist rounded out the group in fourth (9:18.76). Reddish and Marsing’s finishes were both personal bests and regional qualifying times.
Jacob Foutz threw a new personal record in the hammer throw at 61.19m.
Tomi Adegoke finished first in the long jump while earning a personal best mark of 7.50m.
Clark Brown finished second in the 200m with a time of 21.01.
Sarah Musselman secured her regional qualifying time in the 3000m steeplechase and earned a new personal best with her first place finish (10:25.99).
Karina Haymore ran a collegiate best in the 800m with her time of 2:09.06. Taylor Cox finished right behind her to earn a PR (2:10.64).
“We had nice performances all around,” Eyestone said.
The Cougars return home for the BYU Last Chance Meet May 11-12 at the Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex. This will be the last meet of the regular season.
Men’s team ranks No. 7 heading into Payton Jordan Invitational, Sacramento State Open
PROVO, Utah – The USTFCCCA ranked the BYU men’s track and field team No. 7 in the nation while the women’s team jumped to No. 35 as the Cougars prepare to compete at the Payton Jordan Invitational and the Sacramento State Open this week.
“The Payton Jordan Invitational is a distance-oriented meet and it will be exciting to see our top distance athletes doing their thing there,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “The majority of the team will then be competing Saturday in Sacramento where we’ll be looking to continue to build on the home meet we just had that gave us a bunch of new regional qualifiers.”
BYU will only be sending some of its top distance runners to compete at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational on Thursday, May 3, while the rest of the team will compete at the Sacramento State Open on Saturday, May 5.
Eyestone noted his excitement for several distance runners that will compete in particular events for the first time this season. Rory Linkletter and Connor McMillan will both run their first 10,000m race of the season on Thursday. Linkletter was named a First Team All-American after taking second place in the 10,000m at the 2017 NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Clayton Young will open in the men’s 5000m for the first time this season. Young received second-team All-American honors in the 5000m last year after finishing 10th at the 2017 NCAA Championships. He holds BYU’s No. 10 all-time mark in the 5000m with a time of 13:50.00.
Whittni Orton will have her season debut in the 1500m after missing a majority of the season dealing with an injury. Orton took 20th in the 1500m at the 2017 NCAA Championships to earn honorable mention All-America honors and currently ranks No. 10 all-time at BYU in the 1500m (4:17.50).
“It’s only three weeks until the NCAA West Prelims so the distance athletes will go all out this week and then rest up for regionals,” Eyestone said. “The sprint group will go hard this week and have another shot next week at home with the Last Chance Meet.”
The Payton Jordan Invitational will be streamed online on FloTrack.org. Follow BYU track and field on Twitter @BYUTFXC for live updates from both track meets. Live stats for both meets will be available on the BYU track and field team’s schedule page on the day of the event.
The official USTFCCCA track and field rankings can be found here.