Taylor ties 400-meter school record in Texas, Jackson now No. 3 all-time
LUBBOCK, Texas – BYU men’s track and field competed at Texas Tech’s Scott Jarvis Open on Friday, with Josh Taylor tying the 400-meter school record at 46.25 and Trey Jackson jumping to No. 3 all-time in the same event with a 46.36 finish.
Taylor’s historic run became the second time this season he matched a former Cougar’s top-three mark as he tied for second all-time at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 28. The sophomore from Richfield, Utah is now locked with Cade Lindahl (2012) for the school record.
Danny Bryant registered an event win and personal best among 14 competing athletes in the weight throw with a 18.44m/60-6 mark. In all, the Cougars racked in six personal-bests and two new top-10 marks.
“The 400 group ran really well today,” BYU sprints, hurdles and relays coach Kyle Grossarth said. “We had PR’s by Spencer Carlile and Eli Hazlett and then great efforts by Josh to tie for No. 1 and Trey becoming an outright top three performer all-time at BYU.”
Among the seven BYU athletes in the 400m, four Cougars took home a victory in their respective heats – Taylor, Jackson, Hazlett and Carlile. Hazlett bested his last PR set two weeks ago in Arkansas by 0.14 seconds to cross the line at 47.29. The finish put the sophomore just 0.8 seconds away from a top-10 program mark. Carlile posted a 48.07 time to surpass his previous PR set in Lubbock a year ago.
“The entire sprints group has really been putting in the work since we started back in the fall and they are seeing the results from that,” said Grossarth. “I’m excited to see what we can put together tomorrow after a great day.”
The Cougars will resume competition at the Scott Jarvis Open at 11:25 a.m. CST Saturday and will also have several distance athletes at Boston University for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Events in Boston will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST with the men’s 5000-meter.
Cougars spread out at Texas Tech, Boston University
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s and women’s track and field will spread out this weekend with athletes in Lubbock, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts as they travel to the Jarvis Scott Open at Texas Tech and David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University Feb. 10-11. The men's team is ranked No. 21 in the latest USTFCCCA top-25 poll released Monday.
Jarvis Scott Open
- Host: Texas Tech
- Schedule (*all times CST)
- Friday’s events begin with the women’s weight throw at 3:00 p.m. and conclude with the men's 60-meter final dependent on qualifiers at 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday’s events begin with the women’s triple jump at 11:00 a.m. and conclude with the men’s 4x400-meter relay at 4:00 p.m.
- Live Results
- ESPN+ Live Stream (Friday) – begins at 3:00 p.m.
- ESPN+ Live Stream (Saturday) – begins at 10:00 a.m.
- Further Information
- Tickets are available for purchase here
David Hemery Valentine Invitational (Distance Runners Only)
- Host: Boston University
- Schedule (*all times EST)
- Friday's events begin with the women's 800-meter at 9:20 a.m. and conclude with the women's 5,000-meter at 9:35 p.m.
- Saturday's events begin with the men's 5,000-meter at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with another round of the men's 5,000-meter at 8:30 p.m.
- Live Results
- FloTrack Live Stream ($)
- Further Information
- Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10
The No. 21 men's team currently boasts nine athletes ranked in top-25 among individual events and another four in the 4x400m relay.
Caleb Witsken and Casey Clinger lead all Cougars at No. 4 in the nation in their respective events. Witsken's pole vault clearance of 5.66m/18-6.75 at BYU's second home meet on Jan. 14 earned him the placement. Clinger is among six ranked Cougar distance runners. He is coming off a school-record, 7:43.96 time in the 3,000-meters to jump ahead of Ed Eyestone's 38 year-old record at the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas last month.
Distance athlete Sebastian Fernandez currently holds No. 7 in the nation among 800-meters runners after surpassing current BYU assistant Ryan Waite's No. 4 all-time program record to become third in BYU history at 1:47.63 on Jan. 28 in Arkansas.
The women's team also has nine athletes ranked in the top-25 for individual events. Two relay teams – distance medley and 4x400m – are nationally-ranked as well.
Women's distance runners Taylor Rohatinsky, Annalise Hart, Alena Ellsworth and Sadie Sargent are No. 8 in the women's distance medley relay for their 10:57.60 performance at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 28.
Riley Chamberlain is currently No. 10 in the country in the mile after her 4:33.14 time in Arkansas, good for No. 4 in school history. Cierra Tidwell Allphin posted a mark of 1.84m/6-0.5 at BYU's second home indoor meet to place herself at No. 10 in the high jump.