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Braden Taylor | Posted: 12 Jan 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Braden Taylor

Porter breaks school record at BYU Indoor Invite


PROVO, Utah – All-American Brenna Porter set a school record in the 500m as three BYU track and field athletes moved up the school's all-time record board at the BYU Indoor Invite.

“You always like to get the year started off well and I feel like we can say that,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We had some great performances and had some of our athletes earn top-10 records at BYU.”

Official Results

Porter broke the school record in the 500m on Saturday with a time of 1:11.58. The senior almost stumbled at the finish but was still able to break the 32-year-old record set by Stephanie Packham in February 1987 by nine-hundredths of a second.

Jacob Foutz continued to have a career season in the weight throw as he moved up to No. 8 all-time at BYU with a toss of 19.52m/64-0.5 on Thursday. The senior started the indoor season off with strong December performances, moving into the 10th all-time position before matching that same throw the following meet.

In her collegiate debut, Jaslyn Gardner made her mark on the program record book, tying the fifth-fastest 60m in school history with a time of 7.51. Eyestone was impressed with the freshman’s immediate impact and noted that she is the future of the short-sprints group.

All-American Andrea Stapleton-Johnson started the year off strong in the high jump with a mark of 1.83m/6-0. The top 16 high jumpers in the country advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships and this height puts the senior in early position to potentially qualify.

“Andrea had a great meet in the high jump and the mark she got is usually good enough to get into the national meet,” Eyestone said. “It’s exciting to start planning on people for the NCAA Championships because it is so difficult to do.”

Raul Rios cleared a career-best 5.20m/17-0.75 in the pole vault and teammate Jameson Shirley cleared a season-best 5.05m/16-6.75. Rios, Shirley and two BYU athletes competing unattached all cleared the 16-foot height.

“The pole vault group all hit marks that would probably qualify all of them for regionals in outdoors,” Eyestone said. “We probably have one of the deepest pole vault crews in the country.”

The Cougars will next travel to compete at the Air Force Invite on Friday, Jan. 18, at Air Force Academy’s Cadet Field House. Full stats from the BYU Indoor Invite can be found on runnercard.com. Live stats and meet information can be found on the BYU track and field schedule page two days before the meet.


Natalie Lopez | Posted: 8 Jan 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Natalie Lopez

Cougars set to host BYU Indoor Invitational


PROVO, Utah – The BYU men’s and women’s track and field teams will host the BYU Indoor Invitational this weekend starting on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Smith Fieldhouse. Events will go through Saturday, Jan. 12.

The three-day event will feature athletes from BYU and Westminster.

This will be the first meet of 2019 and the second meet of the indoor track and field season. The Cougars’ were first tested earlier this season at the December Invite. BYU coach Ed Eyestone is looking forward to seeing the athletes compete at home following the winter break.

“This will be a good meet,” Eyestone said. “We’re going to be able to see how well people trained over the winter break. Obviously, most of the athletes are looking in fine form.”

Eyestone looks forward to seeing sprinters Michael Bluth and Brenna Porter racing in the 500m. This will be Bluth’s first year competing at BYU after running his freshman year at Utah State. Porter was named a first-team All-American during the 2018 indoor season after finishing eighth in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Following strong performances in the jumping events at the December Invite, Rickey Fantroy Jr. and Tomi Adegoke are two athletes to watch this weekend. Adegoke took first in the men’s long jump with a mark of 7.11m/23-6.25 and beat his personal best from the 2018 indoor season in the triple jump. Fantroy Jr matched his career best in the triple jump (14.93m/48-11.75) and finished second place in the men’s 60m final.

Eyestone feels that All-American Andrea Stapleton-Johnson will also continue to excel after her strong start at the December Invite. She cleared 1.82m/5-11.75 in the women’s high jump to take first in the event. Last indoor season, Stapleton-Johnson jumped 1.83m/6-0 to qualify for the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Freshmen Aubrey Frentheway and Sadie Sargent will race in their collegiate track and field debut after a successful cross country season. Both runners competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships to help the women’s team claim a seventh-place finish. Eyestone is looking forward to the opportunity to see how the freshmen perform this weekend.

Eyestone anticipates that Jacob Foutz and Jefferson Jarvis both have shots of finishing in the top 10 for their events. At the December Invite, Foutz took first and matched his career best in the weight throw with a distance of 19.36m/63-6.25. Last indoor season Jarvis threw a season-best 17.39m/57-0.75 in the shot put at the 2018 MPSF Indoor Championships to finish 10th overall.

This home meet gives the athletes the chance to compete in their respective events while also working towards earning one of the spots on the traveling team for the upcoming away meets.

“The athletes are motivated because they’re trying to insure that they’ll be on the traveling team for the upcoming meets,” Eyestone said. “Most groups will have athletes ready to compete in full force. This is also the one home opportunity that fans have a chance to come see us.”

For a full schedule of events at the Indoor Invitational click here. Follow BYU track and field on Twitter and Instagram @BYUTFXC for updates and click here for live stats.