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nhenderson | Posted: 11 Jun 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Monteverde breaks school record, finishes sixth at nationals


EUGENE, Oregon – Anginae Monteverde crushed BYU’s all-time outdoor pole vault record and placed sixth overall at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Thursday.

“Obviously, it was a really rewarding day for Anginae (Monteverde), as she started out at Oregon, then transferred to BYU and returned here earning first-team All-American honors,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said.

Monteverde cleared 4.30m (14’ 1.25’’) on her second attempt, and clinched first-team All-America honors, as only seven out of 24 athletes remained in the competition following that height.

"I went into the meet with the mindset to do the very best I can so I can leave happy no matter what," Monteverde said. "When I cleared the 4.30m bar, I was so happy. It has been something I've been striving for all season. To top it off, I was able to do it at nationals in front of friends and family."

Monteverde began her record-breaking day narrowly missing on her first two attempts of the opening height of 4.05m (13’ 3.5’’), but came through on her third and final attempt. The next height was 4.20m (13’ 9.25’’), and Monteverde cleared it easily on her second attempt to set up her school record-breaking performance. Coming in to the event, Monteverde's outdoor career best was 4.24m (13' 11''), and the previous school record was 4.25m (13’ 11.25’').

“She battled really well and showed some real focus on clearing that opening height on her final attempt, and then things went smoothly for her,” Eyestone said.

In the women’s 800 meters, Shea Martinez and Kelsey Brown-Gilbert both competed in heat two of three total heats. The pace on the first lap was slow, due to a strong wind down the backstretch. With the first lap being timed at 1:07.98, Martinez began pushing the pace immediately heading in to the final lap and opened up a lead of a few meters down the backstretch. Coming in to the final straightaway, Martinez held a slight lead, but couldn’t quite hold on in the final 100 meters finishing third in her heat with a time of 2:08.48. Overall, Martinez finished 17th and Brown-Gilbert finished 24th, both earning honorable mention All-America status.

Brown-Gilbert, Martinez and Monteverde were the three representatives for BYU women's track at the NCAA Championships. Results from Thursday's action can be found at NCAA.com. Action continues Friday for the men beginning at 4 p.m. PDT. A complete schedule of events can be found here. Steve Flint (3,000m steeplechase), Shaquille Walker (800m) and the 4x400m relay team will all be competing in the finals of their respective events for national championships.


Jack Urquhart | Posted: 8 Jun 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Jack Urquhart

BYU takes nine individuals and one relay to NCAAs

PROVO, Utah – Nine individuals and one relay team will represent BYU track and field at the NCAA Championships this week at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Shaquille Walker (800 meters) and Jason Witt (10,000m) highlight the men's entries, with both achieving a No. 1 national ranking in their respective events at some point during the season. Spencer Gardner will join Witt in the 10,000m. Steve Flint rounds out the men's distance qualifiers, having earned a spot in the 3000m Steeplechase.

Pole vaulter Braydon Bringhurst is the lone men's field athlete who will participate at the championships. Mark Carlson qualified for the 400 hurdles to become BYU's only sprint/hurdles individual entrant.

The BYU men's 4x400 team, which broke a 44-year-old school record with a time of 3:03.82 at the West Preliminary, will also compete at the championships. The team consists of Mario HarperSean AdamsJesse White and Shaquille Walker.

Three women's athletes qualified for the final rounds of the championships. Shea Martinez and Kelsey Brown-Gilbert qualified for the 800m. Martinez ran at the championships last year and finished 17th overall. Anginae Monteverde qualified for the pole vault final, making her the only female field entrant for BYU.

The meet runs from June 10-13 and each event will be broadcast on ESPN's family of networks. Specific channel and time information can be found at ncaa.com. The complete schedule for the events can also be found at ncaa.com, and below is a schedule of BYU athletes' events:

Wednesday, June 10

Time Athlete Event
4:00 (PDT) Braydon Bringhurst Pole Vault (Final)
4:38 Steve Flint 3000 Steeplechase (Semifinal)
5:54 Shaquille Walker 800m (Semifinal)
6:10 Mark Carlson 400H (Semifinal)
6:43 Jason WittSpencer Gardner 10,000m (Final)
7:28 Harper, Adams, White, Walker 4x400m (Semifinal)

Thursday, June 11

Time Athlete Event
4:45 Anginae Monteverde Pole Vault (Final)
5:44 Shea Martinez, Kelsey Brown-Gilbert 800m (Semifinal)

Friday, June 12

Time Athlete Event
4:57 Steve Flint* 3000 Steeplechase (Final)
5:50 Shaquille Walker* 800m (Final)
6:00 Mark Carlson* 400H (Final)
6:50 Harper*, Adams*, White*, Walker* 4x400m (Final)

Saturday, June 13

Time Athlete Event
3:20 Shea Martinez*, Kelsey Brown-Gilbert* 800m (Final)

* --If qualified