Strong finish for BYU track and field at NCAA West Prelims
LAWRENCE, Kansas – After a rainy weekend with many delays, BYU finished the 2016 NCAA West Preliminaries to have a total of 13 athletes competing in 10 events headed to Eugene, Oregon, to compete in the 2016 NCAA Championships.
“It was really a great couple of days. We saw that our athletes stepped up and if they didn’t make it they went down fighting hard and went down swinging,” BYU track and field head coach Ed Eyestone said. “This is what we train for all year long. The stakes are really high and sometimes people freeze up, but we were really calm and even though it was really intense I think we got the best performances out of everybody. I think it’s a testament to the hard work that the coaching staff puts in to get our athletes ready for this meet.”
During the second day of the preliminaries, Chase Horrocks and Rory Linkletter added to the list of athletes qualified for the championships. Horrocks qualified in the 1,500m with a time of 3:44.06. He finished ninth overall and the time is a new season best for Horrocks. Linkletter qualified in the 5,000m with a time of 14:16.05 and placed 12th overall.
The men’s 4x400m relay team also qualified Saturday, placing 11th overall. Eyestone said Tyrell Yardley, Max Sheible, Jesse White, and Shaquille Walker put in an excellent team effort in order to get the qualifying time.
For a full list of results and qualifiers see the chart below.
The qualified athletes will head to Eugene, Oregon to compete in the championhips starting Wednesday, June 8, to Saturday, June 10.
|Yesenia Silva||10,000m||37:08.11||41st||Did not qualify (DNQ)|
|Shea Martinez-Collinsworth||800m||2:04.82||1st||800m NCAA Quarterfinals (Thursday, June 9 6:14 p.m. MDT)|
|Kaylee Packham||400m hurdles||1:01.55||41st||DNQ|
|Kristi Rush||3000m steeplechase||10:24.41||20th||DNQ|
|Lauren Shubin||3000m steeplechase||10:52.39||37th||DNQ|
|Erin Merkley||High jump||1.71m||18th||DNQ|
|Andrea Stapleton||High jump||1.71m||22nd||DNQ|
|Anginae Monteverde||Pole vault||3.97m||23rd||DNQ|
|Nicole Naatjes||Pole vault||3.82m||36th||DNQ|
|Sierra Hansen||Pole vault||3.82m||39th||DNQ|
|Kylee Trageser||Pole vault||3.82m||44th||DNQ|
|Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton||100m hurdles||13.36||15th||DNQ|
|Connor McMillan||10,000m||29:54.47||8th||10,000m NCAA Finals (Wednesday, June 8 7:00 p.m. MDT)|
|Jesse White||400m||46.52||11th||400m NCAA Semifinals (Wednesday, June 8 6:00 p.m MDT)|
|Shaquille Walker||800m||1:48.07||2nd||800m NCAA Semifinals (Wednesday, June 8 6:15 p.m. MDT)|
|Max Scheible||400m hurdles||51.86||17th||DNQ|
|Mark Carlson||400m hurdles||52.51||28th||DNQ|
|Aaron Fletcher||3,000m steeplechase||8:46.58||8th||3,000m steeplechase NCAA Semifinals (Wednesday, June 8 5:00 p.m. MDT)|
|Tyler Crofts||3,000m steeplechase||9:14.34||32nd||DNQ|
|Mitchell Briggs||3,000m steeplechase||9:22.90||41st||DNQ|
|Tomi Adegoke||Long jump||6.73m||44th||DNQ|
|Zachary Blackham||High jump||2.16m||7th||High jump NCAA Finals (Friday, June 10 5:00 p.m. MDT)|
|Chase Horrocks||1,500m||3:44.06||9th||1,500m NCAA Semifinals (Wednesday, June 8 4:45 p.m. MDT)|
|Dillon Goodman||110m hurdles||14.43||35th||DNQ|
|Rory Linkletter||5,000m||14:16.05||12th||5,000m NCAA Finals (Friday, June 10 7:25 p.m. MDT)|
|Jefferson Jarvis||Shot Put||17.08m||37th||DNQ|
|Jackson Walker||Decathlon||7403||---||Decathlon NCAA Finals (Wednesday, June 8 12:00 p.m. MDT)|
|Dennis Christensen||Shot Put||16.61m||43rd||DNQ|
|Derek Lord, Tatenda Tsumba, Drew Tingey, Michael Abbott||4x100m Relay||40.42||18th||DNQ|
|Tyrell Yardley, Mark Carlson, Jesse White, Shaquille Walker||4x400m Relay||3:05.79||11th||
4x400m Relay NCAA Semifinals (Wednesday, June 8 7:45 p.m. MDT)
High expectations for athletes this week at NCAA West Preliminaries
PROVO, Utah – The BYU track and field team is ready for the first round of the NCAA’s, the NCAA West Preliminaries. The team will compete in 26 events with a toal of 48 entries between the men and women. The meet will take place in Lawrence, Kansas, this Thursday-Saturday.
“Having a high number of entries is a testament to the hard work and determination of the staff and of the athletes themselves,” BYU track and field head coach Ed Eyestone said. “The end all goal is not to make it to just the first round of the NCAA’s, but to make it to the finals of the NCAA’s. It’s the sort of thing where you put the numbers in and then you’re going to get numbers out. Our end all goal is to make it to the championship and score as best as we can there. We are excited to take a big group of athletes to the first round. I have high hopes and high expectation, as well as the rest of the coaching staff, that we can get a number of quality people through.”
The men’s team has a total of 30 entries in 17 different events, which is the third highest in the nation behind Arkansas and Texas A&M. The women will have 18 entries in nine different events.
Athletes will have to rank in the top 12 at the meet this weekend in order to move onto the finals in Eugene, Oregon, in two weeks. With a relatively high number ranked in the top 15 to 20 of their events, there is potential for a good number of athletes moving onto the next round.
“It’s not a matter of hitting it out of the park, it’s just a matter of delivering and doing what you’ve been doing all year long in more of a high pressured situation," Eyestone said. "It’s all about tapering at this stage in the game, realizing that maybe less is more, and doing a lot of short intense workout they can recover from. It’s all about recovering at this stage and resting going into the meet prepared mentally and physically."
Eyestone said the top athletes to watch for on the men's team include No. 1 ranked Shaquille Walker in the men’s 800m, No. 7 Zachary Blackham in the high jump, and No. 3 Aaron Fletcher in the 3000m.
The men’s 4x400m relay is currently ranked No. 17 and has proven to be a solid event for the team in past years.
Jackson Walker ranks No. 11 in the decathlon and automatically moves onto the NCAA Championships. The decathlon is the only event not competed in at the preliminaries.
On the women's side, there are high expectations from the coaching staff for sisters, Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton (100m hurdles) and Anginae Monteverde (pole vault). Both sisters competed at the preliminaries last year and Anginae Monteverde went on to the championships to place sixth overall.
Also on the women’s side, Madison Pachner (No. 11) will be competing for her first time at the NCAA West Preliminaries in the women’s discus throw. Shea Martinez-Collinsworth (No. 3) will also be a top athlete to watch in the women’s 800m.
Complete list of qualified athletes.
The meet will begin Thursday, May 26, and go until Saturday, May 28, at the University of Kansas. View a full schedule of the meet here. For live streaming and results visit the women’s track and field schedule page.