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Braden Taylor | Posted: 25 May 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Braden Taylor

Cougars secure 21 entries to NCAA Championships


SACRAMENTO – BYU track and field totaled 21 national qualifiers as the Cougars wrapped up competition at the NCAA West Preliminaries on Saturday.

"Perfect ending to what was really a perfect meet," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "Rickey Fantroy Jr. coming through in the triple jump really shows that people rise up when given the opportunity. The coaches did a great job getting the athletes ready for this meet. It's the best first round that we've come to and it bodes well for the NCAA Championships."

Rickey Fantroy Jr. jumped a career-best 15.55m/51-0.25 to obtain the final qualifying spot in the triple jump. The junior's mark moves him onto the school record board to No. 8 all-time at BYU.

Whittni Orton will make her third-straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 1500m. The All-American earned an automatic qualifying bid as well as a career-best 4:13.58 after taking second in her heat. Orton's new personal record improves her hold on the fourth-best 1500m time in BYU history. Kate Hunter ran a personal-best 4:18.14 and Olivia Hoj finished in 4:21.64 in the same heat as Orton.

A year after missing the 2018 NCAA Championships by one qualifying spot, Talem Franco secured his spot to the 2019 NCAA Championships with a personal-record 3:42.15 in the 1500m quarterfinal. The junior also improved his position as No. 9 all-time at BYU in the 1500m.

Two days after qualifying for the 10,000m, Conner Mantz and Clayton Young both qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 5000m. Mantz (13:48.69) and Young (14:07.98) both automatically qualified after finishing in the top five in their respective heats.

The BYU men's 4x400m relay team were the last Cougars to punch tickets to Nationals. The squad clocked a season-best 3:06.67 to earn the bid to the NCAA Championships. The squad consisted of Abram Schaap, Blake Ellis, Colten Yardley and Michael Bluth.

Jefferson Jarvis finished up his BYU career with a solid performance in the shot put. The senior's first toss of the day ended up being his best with a mark of 18.22m/59-9.

The women's 4x100m relay team matched its season best with a time of 44.95. The team consisted of Haley Rogers, Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush, Lauren Rawlinson and Jaslyn Gardner.

The Cougars that qualified will travel to Austin, Texas, for the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 5-8. General information for that meet can be found on Final results from the NCAA West Prelims can be found here. Recaps for the first and second days of competition can be found here.

Thursday's Results, May 23

Event Athlete Mark Finish Next Up
Hammer (M) Jacob Foutz 61.11m/200-6
27th Did not qualify (DNQ)
Javelin (W) Sydnie Martindale 43.43m/142-6 33rd DNQ
Javelin (W) Payge Cuthbertson 40.48m/132-10 45th DNQ
High Jump (W) Andrea Stapleton-Johnson 1.80m/5-10.75 5th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
High Jump (W) Lindsay Yetter-Shirley NH DNP DNQ
400m Hurdles (W) Brenna Porter 57.99 5th Quarterfinal - See Friday's Results
400m Hurdles (W) Kaitlyn Gunnerson-Burrup 59.71 24th DNQ
400m Hurdles (M) Colten Yardley 51.38 22nd Quarterfinal - See Friday's Results
Pole Vault (M) Jameson Shirley 4.96m/16-3.25 33rd DNQ
1500m (W) Whittni Orton 4:16.69 4th Quarterfinal - See Saturday's Results
1500m (W) Olivia Hoj 4:18.40 11th Quarterfinal - See Saturday's Results
1500m (W) Kate Hunter 4:18.91 13th Quarterfinal - See Saturday's Results
1500m (W) Alissa Fielding 4:29.02 39th DNQ
1500m (W) Madey Brooks-Dickson 4:34.31 46th DNQ
1500m (M) Talem Franco 3:44.67 4th Quarterfinal - See Saturday's Results
1500m (M) Marcus Dickson 3:45.42 17th DNQ
100m (W) Jaslyn Gardner 11.88 40th DNQ
400m (M) Michael Bluth 46.30 7th Quarterfinal - See Friday's Results
800m (W) Anna Camp-Bennett 2:05.74 2nd Quarterfinal - See Friday's Results
800m (W) Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes 2:07.30 11th Quarterfinal - See Friday's Results
800m (W) Karina Haymore 2:09.37 36th DNQ
10,000m (M) Rory Linkletter 28:59.43 1st Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M) Connor McMillan 29:00.49 4th

Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)

10,000m (M) Conner Mantz 29:00.50 5th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M) Clayton Young 29:00.77 8th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M) Dallin Farnsworth 29:01.08 10th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M) Connor Weaver 29:02.15 11th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M) Danny Carney 29:23.17 19th DNQ
10,000m (M) Michael Ottesen 29:31.59 23rd DNQ
10,000m (M) Brayden McLelland 30:12.73 41st DNQ

Friday, May 24

Event Athlete Mark Finish Next Up
Javelin (M) Cameron Bates 67.03m/219-11 14th DNQ
Javelin (M) Kraymer Eppich 64.44m/211-5 24th DNQ
Javelin (M) Matt Kitchen 57.18m/187-7 40th DNQ
Discus (M) Jacob Foutz 51.59m/169-3 40th DNQ
Pole Vault (W) Elise Romney 4.17m/13-8.25 18th DNQ
400m (M) Michael Bluth 46.01 13th DNQ
800m (W) Anna Camp-Bennett 2:03.69 6th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
800m (W) Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes 2:05.10 13th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
400m Hurdles (W) Brenna Porter 56.98 4th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
400m Hurdles (M) Colten Yardley 51.58 19th DNQ
200m (W) Jaslyn Gardner 24.83 44th DNQ
200m (M) Derek Sorensen 21.07 30th DNQ
3000m Steeplechase (W) Erica Birk-Jarvis 9:42.54 2nd Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (W) Emma Gee 10:04.84 15th DNQ
3000m Steeplechase (W) Maddie Cannon 10:16.03 26th DNQ
3000m Steeplechase (W) Sara Musselman 10:40.13 45th DNQ
3000m Steeplechase (M) Kenneth Rooks 8:36.08 4th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M) Clayson Shumway 8:36.25 5th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M) Jacob Heslington 8:39.58 7th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M) Matt Owens 8:39.95 10th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M) Garrett Marsing 9:02.66 31st DNQ
3000m Steeplechase (M) Adam Wood 9:15.68 39th DNQ

Saturday, May 25

Event Athlete Mark Finish Next Up
Shot Put (M) Jefferson Jarvis 18.22m/59-9.5 28th DNQ
High Jump (M) Jared Lorimier 2.01m/6-7 37th DNQ
High Jump (M) AJ Beynon NH DNP DNQ
Women's 4x100m

Haley Rogers
Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush
Lauren Rawlinson
Jaslyn Gardner

44.95 15th DNQ
Men's 4x100m Rickey Fantroy Jr.
Derek Sorensen
Andrew Stuart
Abram Schaap
41.12 19th DNQ
1500m (W) Whittni Orton 4:13.58 9th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
1500m (W) Kate Hunter 4:18.14 16th DNQ
1500m (W) Olivia Hoj 4:21.64 18th DNQ
1500m (M) Talem Franco 3:42.15 10th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
Triple Jump (M) Rickey Fantroy Jr. 15.55m/51-0.25 12th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
5000m (W) Courtney Wayment 16:35.34 36th DNQ
5000m (M) Conner Mantz 13:48.69 5th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
5000m (M) Clayton Young 14:07.98 21st Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
5000m (M) Brandon Garnica 14:37.24 42nd DNQ
Women's 4x400m Haley Rogers
Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush
Lauren Rawlinson
Brenna Porter
3:38.32 19th DNQ
Men's 4x400m Abram Schaap
Blake Ellis
Colten Yardley
Michael Bluth
3:06.67 11th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)

Natalie Lopez | Posted: 21 May 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Natalie Lopez

Cougars rank No.1 in entries for upcoming NCAA West Prelims


PROVO, Utah – The BYU track and field program will have a program-high 59 entries competing in the 2019 NCAA West Preliminary Round in Sacramento, California, May 23-25.

“We’re excited about the prospect of taking 59 athletes to the regional meet,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We’ve got the most combined athletes qualified in the entire NCAA. It’s mission accomplished as far as getting athletes to the meet and now the important step is to have them finish in the top 12 in their events.”

BYU has the highest number of combined entries to the NCAA West Prelims. The top 12 finishers in each event at the NCAA West Prelims will advance to the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 5-8 in Austin, Texas. Based on current rankings, the Cougars currently have 18 entries ranked in the top 12 in their respective events.

In the regional meet, the No. 6 BYU men’s track and field team will feature 35 of its athletes in competition, with 14 earning top-12 seeds. All-Americans Connor McMillan (No. 1), Rory Linkletter (No. 2), Conner Mantz (No. 3) and Clayton Young (No. 4) headline the top four runners in the the 10,000m in the NCAA this season. In the 5000m, Mantz and Young are ranked No. 3, 5 in the nation. All-American Matt Owens (No. 3), All-American Clayson Shumway (No. 5) and Jake Heslington (No. 8) will be competing in the men’s 3000m steeplechase.

Talem Franco (No. 12) will be racing in the men’s 1500m and the men’s 4x400m relay team (No. 12) will include Abram Schaap, Colten Yardley, Blake Ellis and Michael Bluth.

From the BYU women’s team, 25 athletes will be competing with six ranking in the top 12. Headlining the BYU women’s team is All-American Andrea Stapleton-Johnson who ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in the women’s high jump. The other top-seeded athletes are Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes (No. 2) in the 800m, Brenna Porter (No. 4) in the 400m hurdles, Erica Birk-Jarvis (No. 5) in the 3000m steeplechase, Whittni Orton (No. 5) in the 1500m and Anna Camp-Bennett (No. 6) in the 800m.

Brian Matthews already punched his ticket to compete in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships with his career-best score of 7335 at the BYU Cougar Invitational. Instead of hosting a preliminary round, the NCAA advances the top 24 declared decathletes and heptathletes straight to the finals.

Eyestone is looking forward to seeing how the athletes compete in the postseason after a strong outdoor track and field season. He stated that they’re not so concerned about athletes winning their particular event, but just advancing as many to the national meet as possible.

The BYU coach expects that Cougars currently ranked in the top 12 will perform up to ability and advance, but he also hopes that those outside of the top 12 can improve their standing.

“That’s a great goal for anybody – to improve on their position coming in,” Eyestone said. “It will be a great performance if an athlete can come into this meet and improve on their position. What makes this meet special is when we get surprises from athletes rising up at the most important meet of the year and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. ”

The 2019 West Prelims will be held at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California, from May 23-25. The meet schedule and full list of NCAA qualifiers can be found here. Live stats and streaming options can be found on the BYU track and field schedule page two days prior to the first day of competition.

Thursday, May 23

Time (PDT) Athlete(s) Event
12:00 p.m. Jacob Foutz Men's Hammer
12:00 p.m.

Sydnie Martindale
Payge Cuthbertson

Women's Javelin
3:30 p.m.

Andrea Stapleton-Johnson
Lindsay Yetter-Shirley

Women's High Jump
4:30 p.m. Brenna Porter
Kaitlyn Gunnerson-Burrup
Women's 400m Hurdles (First Round)
4:30 p.m.

Jameson Shirley

Men's Pole Vault
5:00 p.m. Colten Yardley Men's 400m Hurdles (First Round)
5:30 p.m.

Whittni Orton
Olivia Hoj
Kate Hunter
Alissa Fielding
Madey Brooks-Dickson

Women's 1500m (First Round)
6:00 p.m. Talem Franco
Marcus Dickson
Men's 1500m (First Round)
6:30 p.m. Jaslyn Gardner Women's 100m (First Round)
7:45 p.m. Michael Bluth Men's 400m (First Round)
8:10 p.m.

Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes
Anna Camp-Bennett
Karina Haymore

Women's 800m (First Round)
9:40 p.m. Connor McMillan
Rory Linkletter
Conner Mantz
Clayton Young
Danny Carney
Dallin Farnsworth
Michael Ottesen
Connor Weaver
Brayden McLelland
Men's 10,000m

Friday, May 24

Time (PDT) Athlete(s) Event
12:00 p.m. Cameron Bates
Matt Kitchen
Kraymer Eppich
Men's Javelin
4:00 p.m. Jacob Foutz Men's Discus
5:00 p.m. Elise Romney Women's Pole Vault
5:45 p.m. *Michael Bluth Men's 400m (Quarterfinal)
6:00 p.m. *Jaslyn Gardner Women's 100m (Quarterfinal)
6:30 p.m.

*Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes
*Anna Camp-Bennett
*Karina Haymore

Women's 800m (Quarterfinal)
7:00 p.m. *Brenna Porter
*Kaitlyn Gunnerson-Burrup
Women's 400m Hurdles (Quarterfinal)
7:15 p.m.

*Colten Yardley

Men's 400m Hurdles (Quarterfinal)
7:30 p.m. Jaslyn Gardner Women's 200m (First Round)
7:55 p.m. Derek Sorensen Men's 200m (First Round)
8:20 p.m. Erica Birk-Jarvis
Maddie Cannon
Emma Gee
Sara Musselman
Women's 3000m Steeplechase
9:00 p.m. Matt Owens
Clayson Shumway
Jacob Heslington
Kenneth Rooks
Garrett Marsing
Adam Wood
Men's 3000m Steeplechase

Saturday, May 25

Time (PDT) Athlete(s) Event
2:45 p.m. Jefferson Jarvis Men's Shot Put
4:00 p.m. Jared Lorimier
AJ Beynon
Men's High Jump
6:00 p.m. -Haley Rogers
-Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush
-Lauren Rawlinson
-Jaslyn Gardner
Women's 4x100m
6:15 p.m. -Andrew Stuart
-Michael Bluth
-Abram Schaap
-Derek Sorensen
Men's 4x100m
6:30 p.m. *Whittni Orton
*Olivia Hoj
*Kate Hunter
*Alissa Fielding
*Madey Brooks-Dickson
Women's 1500m (Quarterfinal
6:30 p.m. Rickey Fantroy Jr. Men's Triple Jump
6:45 p.m. *Talem Franco
*Marcus Dickson
Men's 1500m (Quarterfinal)
7:35 p.m. *Jaslyn Gardner Women's 200m (Quarterfinal)
7:50 p.m. *Derek Sorensen Men's 200m (Quarterfinal)
8:05 p.m. Courtney Wayment Women's 5000m
8:45 p.m. Conner Mantz
Clayton Young
Brandon Garnica
Men's 5000m
9:25 p.m. -Haley Rogers
-Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush
-Lauren Rawlinson
-Brenna Porter
Women's 4x400m
9:45 p.m. -Abram Schaap
-Colten Yardley
-Blake Ellis
-Michael Bluth
Men's 4x400m

* -- If qualified