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 ncaa.org. 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
|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
|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
|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|
|Men's 4x100m||Rickey Fantroy Jr.
|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
|Men's 4x400m||Abram Schaap
|3:06.67||11th||Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)|
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
|12:00 p.m.||Jacob Foutz||Men's Hammer
|Women's High Jump
|4:30 p.m.||Brenna Porter
|Women's 400m Hurdles (First Round)
|Men's Pole Vault|
|5:00 p.m.||Colten Yardley||Men's 400m Hurdles (First Round)|
|Women's 1500m (First Round)|
|6:00 p.m.||Talem Franco
|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)|
|Women's 800m (First Round)|
|9:40 p.m.||Connor McMillan
Friday, May 24
|12:00 p.m.||Cameron Bates
|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)
|Women's 800m (Quarterfinal)|
|7:00 p.m.||*Brenna Porter
|Women's 400m Hurdles (Quarterfinal)
|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
|Women's 3000m Steeplechase|
|9:00 p.m.||Matt Owens
|Men's 3000m Steeplechase|
Saturday, May 25
|2:45 p.m.||Jefferson Jarvis||Men's Shot Put|
|4:00 p.m.||Jared Lorimier
|Men's High Jump|
|6:00 p.m.||-Haley Rogers
|6:15 p.m.||-Andrew Stuart
|6:30 p.m.||*Whittni Orton
|Women's 1500m (Quarterfinal|
|6:30 p.m.||Rickey Fantroy Jr.||Men's Triple Jump|
|6:45 p.m.||*Talem Franco
|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
|9:25 p.m.||-Haley Rogers
|9:45 p.m.||-Abram Schaap
* -- If qualified