Porter delivers her second historic performance of the week
LOS ANGELES – All-American Brenna Porter earned the No. 8 outdoor 400m time in BYU history as No. 3/12 BYU track and field wrapped up the regular season at the Oxy Invitational on Saturday.
“Brenna had a great race in the 400m to earn another spot on the BYU record board,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “It was a good final meet to get a few more hopeful qualifiers heading into the regional meet. It’s now just the waiting game to find out who made it, but I think we positioned ourselves nicely.”
Two days after breaking the school record in the 400m hurdles at the BYU Invitational, Porter ran the eighth-fastest outdoor 400m in BYU history. The senior clocked 54.50 in the final meet of the regular season to move up the school record board. Porter is No. 2 in the indoor 400m with a career-best 53.90.
Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush and Karina Haymore also ran the women’s 400m and won their respective heats. Heiden-Quackenbush finished with a time of 54.84 while Haymore ran a career-best 55.20.
Jesus Serrano and Scott Mecham both earned potential qualifying times for the NCAA West Prelims in the 400m hurdles. Serrano ran a personal-best 52.20 while Mecham earned a season-best 52.25. The hurdlers need to be amongst the top 48 400m hurdlers in the West to qualify. The NCAA will release qualifiers for each region next week.
Anna Camp-Bennett improved her position to qualify for regionals in the women’s 800m with a personal record of 2:04.20. The junior was already a likely qualifier after heading into the weekend ranked No. 9 in the West with a time of 2:04.86.
In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, Adam Wood and Cade Perry finished with times that push them into position to potentially qualify for the NCAA West Prelims. Wood ran the race in 8:59.46 to earn a time under nine minutes for the first time in his career while Perry finished with a season-best 9:02.88.
The men’s 5000m featured three Cougars earning possible regional-qualifying times. Danny Carney and Connor Weaver finished with times of 14:00.04 and 14:00.06, respectively. Both are likely qualifiers based off of times that advanced to regional meets the past six years. Brandon Garnica ran a career-best 14:05.97 and is on the bubble for qualifying for the NCAA West Prelims.
The men’s 4x100m relay team won the event with a time of 40.46. The team consisted of Andrew Stuart, Michael Bluth, Abram Schaap and Derek Sorensen. In the women’s 100m, Jaslyn Gardner clocked 11.75 to place third overall.
Full results from the Oxy Invitational can be found here.
The final list of qualifiers for the NCAA West Prelims will be announced by Wednesday, May 15. Qualifiers from the BYU track and field team will compete at the NCAA West Prelims in Sacramento, California, May 23-25. Information for the regional meet can be found on ncaa.com.
Cougars set to host last meet of regular season
PROVO, Utah – BYU track and field will host the final meet of the regular season, the BYU Cougar Invitational, at home at the Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex, May 9-10. A majority of the team will also travel to the Oxy Invitational to compete on Saturday, May 11.
“The BYU Cougar Invitational is our last chance at home to improve on marks and sharpen up before the first round of the NCAA Championships,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We’re two weeks out from the NCAA West Prelims and it’s important to have a solid competition. The Oxy Invitational will be great prep for the national meet.”
The No. 3/12 Cougars are looking to earn and improve their regional qualifying marks one last time before the NCAA West Prelims on May 23-25. The BYU Cougar Invitational also provides another opportunity for fans and family to see the Cougars compete at home.
Eyestone is looking forward to seeing decathlete Brian Matthews compete this weekend. Matthews scored a season-best 7280 points at the BYU Robison Invitational the last time he competed at home. Matthews hopes to earn above 7400 points to solidify his spot for Nationals. The decathlon squad is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to the USTFCCCA.
“The top-24 make it to Nationals,” Eyestone said. “Since this is conference weekend, there will probably be other decathletes with strong performances, so he’s hoping to score above 7400 points to keep his spot in the top-24 and compete at Nationals.”
At the BYU Cougar Invitational, the BYU men’s team plans to assemble a strong 4x100m relay team to earn a regional-qualifying mark. The team will consist of Andrew Stuart, Michael Bluth, Abram Schaap and Derek Sorensen.
“On the men’s side, we’re going to try and get the 4x100m qualified,” Eyestone said. "The other relay teams have qualified, so this is an important race for the squad.”
Javelin throwers Michael Whittaker and Kraymer Eppich are on the bubble and hope to position themselves to potentially qualify for the 2019 NCAA West Prelims.
Several athletes will travel to the Oxy Invitational after the BYU Cougar Invitational to join the rest of the team competing in California.
Eyestone noted that freshman Brandon Garnica hopes to get a regional-qualifying time in the 5000m. Danny Carney will also be running in the 5000m – his first race since the Stanford Invitational earlier this season.
The Oxy Invitational also provides one more opportunity for senior Madey Dickson to compete in the 1500m. Last weekend at the Payton Jordan Invitational, Dickson earned a season-best 4:26.27.