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Braden Taylor | Posted: 24 May 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Braden Taylor

Linkletter wins 10K, six Cougars advance to nationals in day one of NCAA West Prelims


SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  Rory Linkletter won the 10,000m as BYU track and field had six athletes qualify for nationals on the first day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round on Thursday in Sacramento, California.

“I can’t say we were surprised by any of the outstanding performances today,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “All of those individuals have demonstrated throughout the course of the season what they’re capable of. But it still shows the character and determination they have to come through in high-pressure situations.”

Linkletter finished with a 29:14.29 to take first place and advance to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 6-9. Connor McMillan (29:14.91) took third, Clayton Young (29:16.08) placed ninth and Conner Mantz (29:16.78) finished 11th giving the Cougars four national qualifiers in the men’s 10,000m.

“When you have four guys running in the 10,000m ranked in the top 12, it adds even more pressure,” Eyestone said. “I’m very proud of how all four of them were able to finish and qualify for nationals.”

Freshman Ashton Riner was the first Cougar of the day to first punch a ticket to the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Riner threw the javelin for 50.21m (164’ 8”) on her opening throw of the meet which was good enough to finish 11th overall.

Andrea Stapleton-Johnson qualified to compete in the high jump at nationals for the second year in a row. She took first place with a clearance of 1.80m (5” 10.75”) and didn’t miss a jump in the meet. Eyestone credits Stapleton-Johnson’s success to her increased confidence and improved skill.

Several Cougars advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective events at regionals putting themselves in position to qualify for the NCAA Championships on Friday or Saturday.

Max Scheible (50.91) and Scott Mecham (51.03) finished in the top three in their respective heats of the 400m hurdles to advance to the quarterfinal on Friday at 7:00 p.m. (PDT). Brenna Porter won her heat in the 400m hurdles with a time of 57.44 to qualify for Friday’s quarterfinal at 7:15 p.m.

Abraham Alvarado (1:49.48) won his heat in the 800m to guarantee his spot in the quarterfinal (Friday at 6:30 p.m.).

Talem Franco placed third in his 1500m heat to earn his spot in the next round with a time of 3:51.96. Whittni Orton (4:21.86) and Anna Camp (4:26.70) finished top-5 in the 1500m to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal. The men’s 1500m quarterfinal will start on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by the women’s quarterfinal.

“Tomorrow we’re looking forward to having some athletes competing who are ranked very high in their events,” Eyestone said. “I think we’ve got a chance to qualify another handful of athletes for the NCAA Championships.”

The West Preliminaries continue tomorrow as BYU athletes compete in the men’s discus, 800m, 400m hurdles, 200m, and 3000m steeplechase as well as the women’s pole vault, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 200m and 3000m steeplechase.

Competition will continue to be streamed on and live updates will be posted on the BYU track and field team’s Twitter account @BYUTFXC. Heat sheets, the meet schedule and live stats can be found on

Thursday's Results:

Ashton Riner
Javelin 50.21m 11th Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9
Payge Cuthbertson
Javelin 40.52m 42nd Did not qualify (DNQ)
Andrea Stapleton-Johnson
High Jump 1.80m 1st Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9
Nicole Lord
High Jump 1.75m 26th DNQ
Marissa Appiah
High Jump 1.70m 29th DNQ
Ellyana Long
High Jump 1.70m 34th DNQ
Brenna Porter
400m hurdles 57.44 2nd Quarterfinal - Fri. 5/25 @ 7:15 p.m. PDT
Madelyn Dickson
1500m 4:25.46 24th DNQ
Anna Camp
1500m 4:26.70 30th Quarterfinal - Sat. 5/26 @ 6:45 p.m. PDT
Kate Hunter 
1500m 4:25.98 26th DNQ
Whittni Orton
1500m 4:21.86 12th Quarterfinal - Sat. 5/26 @ 6:45 p.m. PDT
Avery Walker 
800m 2:17.78 47th DNQ
Claire Seymour
800m 2:10.79 37th DNQ
Jacob Foutz
Hammer 59.69m 32nd DNQ
Jake Jarvis
Pole Vault NH DNF DNQ
Raul Rios
Pole Vault 5.00m 27th DNQ
Scott Mecham  400m hurdles 51.03 13th Quarterfinal - Fri. 5/25 @ 7:00 p.m. PDT
Max Scheible
400m hurdles 50.91 10th Quarterfinal - Fri. 5/25 @ 7:00 p.m. PDT
Colten Yardley 400m hurdles 52.83 39th DNQ
Patrick Parker
1500m 3:47.24 16th DNQ
Talem Franco 
1500m 3:51.96 25th Quarterfinal - Sat. 5/26 @ 6:30 p.m. PDT
Marcus Dickson
1500m 3:54.35 30th DNQ
Clark Brown
100m 10.49 30th DNQ

Derek Sorensen
100m 10.50 35th DNQ
Abraham Alvarado
800m 1:49.48 5th Quarterfinal - Fri. 5/25 @ 6:30 p.m.
Connor McMillan
10000m 29:14.91 3rd Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9
Clayton Young
10000m 29:16.08 9th Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9
Rory Linkletter
10000m 29:14.29 1st Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9
Conner Mantz
10000m 29:16.78 11th Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9
Dallin Farnsworth
10000m 29:33.03 19th DNQ
Connor Weaver
10000m 29:52.58 26th DNQ
Michael Ottesen
10000m 30:02.14 30th DNQ
Brayden McLelland 
10000m 30:49.47 44th DNQ



Braden Taylor | Posted: 22 May 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Braden Taylor

Cougars rank top-10 in entries ahead of NCAA West Preliminaries


PROVO, Utah – Fifty-two BYU track and field athletes account for a meet-high total of 58 entries competing in the 2018 NCAA West Preliminary Round in Sacramento, California, May 24-26. 

“We’ve got the second-most men’s entries (34) and seventh-most women’s entries (24),” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “This is the first round of the NCAAs and the whole purpose is to advance onto the finals. I think this Thursday, Friday and Saturday we’re going to have some great performances advancing athletes to the championship meet.”

The top 12 finishers in each event at the NCAA West Prelims will advance to the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 6-9 in Eugene, Oregon. The Cougars, based on current rankings, have 20 entries ranked in the top 12 in their respective events.

The No. 7 BYU men’s team heads into the meet with 14 athletes, including six All-Americans, earning top-12 seeds. Matt Owens (No. 2), All-American Daniel Carney (No. 4), Clayson Shumway (No.5) and All-American Jacob Heslington (No. 7) all competing in the 3000m steeplechase. All-American Connor McMillan (No. 2), All-American Clayton Young (No. 4), All-American Rory Linkletter (No. 5) and Connor Mantz (No. 10) rank top-10 in the 10,000m.

Young (No. 5), Linkletter (No. 7), McMillan (No. 8) and Carney (No. 10) also hold top-10 rankings in the 5000m. Teammates Scott Mecham (No. 10) in the 400m hurdles and All-American Abraham Alvarado in the 800m rank top-12 in their respective events.

For the BYU women’s team, All-American Brenna Porter ranks No. 6 in the 400m hurdles and All-American Andrea Stapleton-Johnson ranks No. 4 in the high jump. Ashton Riner (No. 12) in the javelin, Maddie Cannon (No. 11) in the 3000m steeplechase along with both All-American Madelyn Dickson (No. 10) and Anna Camp (No. 12) in the 1500m round out the Cougars ranked in the top 12.

All-American Kevin Nielsen already punched his ticket to compete in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships after scoring 7475 points at the Robison Invitational. Instead of hosting a preliminary round, the NCAA advances the top 24 declared decathletes and heptathletes straight to the finals.

Eyestone is excited at the prospect of potentially having more than 20 athletes advance to the NCAA Championship meet, but recognized that the rankings don’t come with any guarantees.

“It comes down to the actual performance,” said Eyestone. “The slate is clean going into regionals. Even though you might be ranked in the top 12, you still have to get it done in this meet to advance to nationals.”

The BYU coach expects that there will be Cougar athletes that outperform their rank to finish in a qualifying position for the NCAA Championships. Besides the sheer number of BYU track and field athletes competing, Eyestone predicts that his team’s experience will lead to a good number of qualifiers.

“Across the board, I think three-fourths of our athletes competing have participated in regionals before,” Eyestone said. “As you’ve been here before, you gain experience and you’re not as intimidated the next go-around. At the end of the day, I think we can advance a lot of athletes to the national meet.”

The full list of qualifying BYU track and field athletes can be found in the table below. The NCAA West Prelims will be streamed live on, or follow @BYUTFXC on Twitter for live updates. Live stats and the meet schedule can be found on

Female Qualifiers
Event Athletes and Seed No.


Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush (No. 45)


Avery Walker (No. 30)
Claire Seymour (No. 45)


Madelyn Dickson (No. 10)
Anna Camp (No. 12)
Kate Hunter (No. 15)
Whittni Orton (No. 17)

3000m Steeplechase

Maddie Cannon (No. 11)
Olivia Hoj (No. 24)
Emma Gee (No. 30)
Sara Musselman (No. 33)


Ashleigh Warner (No. 23)

100m hurdles

Alyssa Dalton (No. 15)
Nicole Lord (No.45)

400m hurdles

Brenna Porter (No. 6)


BYU (No. 22)
-Lauren Rawlinson
-Cassidy Pinnock
-Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush
-Brenna Porter

High Jump

Andrea Stapleton-Johnson (No. 4)
Nicole Lord (No. 19)
Marissa Appiah (No. 30)
Ellyana Long (No. 31)

Pole Vault

Sierra Hansen (No. 22)

Hammer Throw

Siale Vaitohi-Teaupa (No. 39)


Ashton Riner (No. 12)
Payge Cuthbertson(No. 29)

Male Qualifiers
Event Athlete and Seed No.


Clark Brown (No. 23)
Derek Sorensen (No. 47)


Derek Sorensen (No. 29)
Clark Brown (No. 32)


Abraham Alvarado (No. 12)


Patrick Parker (No. 21)
Talem Franco (No. 26)
Marcus Dickson (No. 47)

3000m Steeplechase

Matt Owens (No. 2)
Daniel Carney (No. 4)
Clayson Shumway (No. 5)
Jacob Heslington (No. 7)
Porter Reddish (No. 21)
Garrett Marsing (No. 31)


Clayton Young (No. 5)
Rory Linkletter (No. 7)
Connor McMillan (No. 8)
Daniel Carney (No. 10)


Connor McMillan (No. 2)
Clayton Young (No. 4)
Rory Linkletter (No. 5)
Conner Mantz (No. 10)
Dallin Farnsworth (No. 28)
Connor Weaver (No. 34)
Michael Ottesen (No. 41)
Brayden McLelland (No. 45)

400m hurdles

Scott Mecham (No. 10)
Max Scheible (No. 18)
Colten Yardley (No. 45)

Pole Vault

Jake Jarvis (No. 37)
Raul Rios (No. 38)

Shot Put

Jefferson Jarvis (No. 26)

Discus Throw Seth Knowlton (No. 37)

Hammer Throw

Jacob Foutz (No. 38)