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Trevor Jones | Posted: 18 Feb 2023 | Updated: 10 Mar 2023
Trevor Jones

Atop The Podium: MPSF Title and DMR school-record in the books

BYU men win 2023 MPSF Championship
BYU DMR team sets school record Feb. 18 Danny Bryant - MPSF Champion Brandon Garnica - MPSF Champion Luke Grundvig - MPSF Champion Ben Barton - MPSF Champion 4x400 MPSF Champions Ben Barton Hep. No. 2 all-time Ben Barton 60H No. 2 all-time

PROVO, Utah -- BYU men’s track and field completed its final Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference championship weekend as the men took home the team title (163 points) after Saturday’s four individual championships and a 4x400 victory at The Podium in Spokane, Washington. Four Cougars also competed at Notre Dame, crushing an 11 year-old school record in the distance medley relay.

Photo Credit: James Snook, Spokane Sports

The day began with a bang in South Bend, Indiana as the distance medley relay team ran 9:21.18 to beat the prior BYU record by nearly eight seconds at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The squad -- Casey Clinger, Kenneth Rooks, Sebastian Fernandez and Josh Taylor -- finished fifth overall in a tightly contested field, placing just 1.19 seconds behind first-place Wisconsin.

Of the 18 schools participating in the DMR, four were ranked in the top-25. BYU’s squad finished ahead of each of those schools’ teams, including No. 5 Tennessee and No. 11 Texas A&M.

“All four of them did a super job,” BYU director of track and field Ed Eyestone said. “It just really came down to keeping their form and keepings things together through every leg. We carried our momentum. The mile is tough to lead from wire to wire, but I thought Casey knew exactly what he needed to do and closed strong.”

The majority of the men’s team was in Spokane, Washington Saturday as the MPSF championships wrapped up. In total, the men tallied six individual conference titles and two squad championships (DMR, 4x400m) for the weekend, including two top-10 marks for Ben Barton.

Barton finished atop the heptathlon with 5,693 points to surpass Curtis Pugsley for No. 2 all-time at BYU. The total bested his previous No. 6 all-time tally of 5,525 set last month in Arkansas and puts him within four spots of a qualifying national score entering Saturday. In the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, he finished with a 7.98 time to tie for No. 10 in school history for the event.

“Barton was impressive today,” Eyestone said. “To be second all-time shows how he has harnessed his energies and got the job done.”

With Danny Bryant’s 17.20m/56-5.75 shot put heave, he became the first BYU thrower to win consecutive indoor conference shot put titles since Leif Arrhenius claimed three straight between 2009 and 2011.

Garnica won the mile crossing the line first with a personal record 4:08.54. The victory marked his second conference championship of the weekend after being a part of the DMR’s first-place finish yesterday. Luke Grundvig led all entries in the 3,000-meters at 8:23.71, marking his first indoor championship and the second straight year a Cougar has taken home the 3000m title.

Wrapping up the conference winners is the 4x400-meter relay of Jared Davis, Jace Jensen, Landon Maxfield and Abram Schaap. Posting a 3:09.42 time was good for one second ahead of runner-up Cal St. Fullerton and just under four seconds away from the 4x400 school record set last week in Lubbock, Texas.

“Moving into the Big 12 next year, I felt it was important for us to finish off conference championships in style with a victory," Eyestone said. "It shows what we can do when we all work together. From here on out the focus will be on our national qualifiers.”

The Cougars are back in action next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, once again spread out with athletes at Washington and BYU’s third indoor home meet of the season.



Joseph Hovey | Posted: 11 Feb 2023 | Updated: 1 Mar 2023
Joseph Hovey

Track and field bound for MPSF Championship meet

Easton Bianchi warms up at the 2022 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships.

PROVO, Utah — With just three weeks to go before indoor nationals, BYU men's and women's track and field will compete in its final Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships Feb. 17-18 at The Podium in Spokane, Washington. 

The women's distance medley relay team will compete at the Arkansas Qualifier at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas Feb. 17 at 2:13 p.m. CST on SEC Network+. Meanwhile, men's distance medley relay will race at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational at the Loftus Sports Center in South Bend, Indiana on Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. EST. 

Meet Information

MPSF Indoor Track and Field | Men's Teams
Cal State Fullerton
Long Beach State
UC Riverside


MPSF Indoor Track and Field | Women's Teams
Cal State Fullerton
Long Beach State
San Francisco
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Riverside

Distance Medley Relay at Notre Dame

Members of the men's distance medley relay team will be competing Saturday at Notre Dame. Event details:

  • Alex Wilson Invitational
  • Feb. 18
  • M DMR starts at 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Notre Dame, Ind. - Loftus Sports Center
  • Live Results

Indoor Conference Championship History

BYU men's and women's track and field owns a proud tradition of indoor conference title dominance. In 2022, both programs swept their team conference crowns for the 18th time and first since 2011. 

This season the No. 23-ranked BYU women seek their first back-to-back team conference titles since 2010-2011. Women's track and field won a record 11-consecutive team championships between 1995 and 2005. The women took home nine individual or squad titles last season; their most since 2009. Women's track and field has claimed 157 all-time individual conference titles dating back to 1991.

A season ago, the BYU men won nine individual indoor titles for just the second time in program history and first since 2005. The Cougars have totaled 220 individual indoor titles since 1969. Men's track and field has also won 30 team indoor titles since 1970 and are seeking their fourth consecutive in 2023. The Cougars won a record 12 straight between 1990 and 2001. 

2022 MPSF Individual Champions (BYU)
Name Event
Halley Folsom Walker, Brilee Pontius, Annalise Hart & Brinn Jensen W 4x400m
Megan Hunter W 800m
Jessica Thompson W SP
Adaobi Tabugbo W 60m & 60m Hurdles
Taye Raymond W LJ
Sable Lohmeier El-Bakri W WT
Halley Folsom Walker Pentathlon
Cailee Faulkner W PV
Cortez Ruiz, Colten Yardley, Spencer Carlile & Jace Jensen M 4x400m
Joey Nokes M 3000m
Danny Bryant M SP
Dallin Vorkink Heptathlon
Dallin Draper M 60m &  200m
Brandon Garnica, Kenneth Rooks, Cortez Ruiz & Joey Nokes M DMR
Zach McWhorter M PV
Zach Erikson M 5000m

National Rankings

Several BYU athletes improved their national qualifying position at meets in Boston and Lubbock, Texas Feb. 10-11. 

Aubrey Frentheway set a women's 5,000-meters personal best at 15:32.82 in Boston and is now ranked sixth nationally having eclipsed runners from Colorado, Northern Arizona and Arkansas. 

Cierra Tidwell-Allphin's personal-best tying clearance in the women's high jump on Saturday was enough to set her at No. 8 nationally, surpassing Nyalaam Jok of Minnesota and Daniella Anglin of South Dakota. 

Eli Hazlett, Trey Jackson, Spencer Carlile and Joshua Taylor combined to set a school record in the men's 4x400-meter relay at Texas Tech's Jarvis Scott Open on Saturday. At 3:05.73, the Cougars jumped to 16th nationally and now rank ahead of squads from Florida State, Texas and LSU.