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Jenessa Mann | Posted: 13 Jan 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Jenessa Mann

Track and field wraps up BYU Indoor Invitational


PROVO, Utah – BYU track and field wrapped up day three of the BYU Indoor Invitational on Saturday at the Smith Fieldhouse with strong finishes in each event.

“It was an outstanding meet,” head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We accomplished what we wanted to in terms of all of the event groups were able to see the work that they’ve done throughout the fall pay off. I was super pleased with all of our event groups.”

The meet featured athletes from BYU and UVU and unattached athletes. Results from the meet will help determine who will travel with the team for the upcoming track meets.

Sophomore Whittni Orton finished first in the mile with a time of 4:49.73, securing her one of the top times in the nation.

“It is probably the No. 2 top time in the country right now if you take into consideration the altitude conversion,” Eyestone said. “That was a super good opener for her and will set her up well for the rest of the season.”

Sophomore Anna Camp finished first in the 800m (2:10.61), which Eyestone called a dominating win on her part.

Senior Sierra Hansen earned a 4.05m mark in the pole vault. Junior Andrea Stapleton finished the high jump at 1.75m to place first.

Freshman Clayson Shumway earned one of the fastest times in the country thus far with his 8:15.93 finish in the 3000m race. Conner Mantz ran his first race in uniform as a freshman and finished right behind Shumway in second (8:18.7). Senior Abraham Alvarado secured first in the mile with a time of 4:09.6. While Alvarado is an 800m runner, Eyestone said he was proud of him for stepping up and running the mile that well.

Sophomore Jesus Serrano finished first in the 60mH (8.15) and senior Max Scheible placed first in the 500m (1.06.01).

Rickey Fantroy won the triple jump with a 14.85m finish.

“I think that if you looked at all of our groups, they all represented people with high performances that performed really well,” Eyestone said.

For a recap of the previous days of the meet, click here. For full results, click here.

The Cougars head to Colorado for the Air Force Indoor meet on Friday, Jan. 19.



Braden Taylor | Posted: 9 Jan 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Braden Taylor

Cougars Host Annual BYU Indoor Invitational


PROVO, Utah – BYU track and field will host the BYU Indoor Collegiate Invitational at the Smith Fieldhouse this weekend. Events will begin Thursday, Jan. 11, and finish on Saturday, Jan. 13.

This will be the first meet of 2018 and the second meet of the indoor track and field season for the Cougars. BYU coach Ed Eyestone is eager for another opportunity to see the various event groups in action after the winter break.

“It’s going to be a nice opportunity for athletes to get back into action and start making progress towards making it to the NCAA Indoor Championships,” Eyestone said. “We’re very excited because this meet is another opportunity to establish a baseline. It will go a long way in establishing who is going to be traveling for the rest of the season so there is plenty of motivation for everyone.”

Eyestone looks forward to seeing junior Brian Matthews and senior Kevin Nielsen compete in the men’s heptathlon after strong performances during the 2017 indoor season. Matthews had a personal best score of 4922 in the heptathlon at the 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships. Nielsen competed in the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships after setting a BYU record score of 5728 in the heptathlon at the MPSF Indoor Championships.

Sophomore Lindsay Yetter Shirley is another athlete that Eyestone expects to continue to flourish. Shirley started off the 2018 season with a career-best score of 3533 in the pentathlon at the BYU December Invitational.

At that same meet, senior Marcus Dickson had his personal best in the mile with a time of 4:09.06. Coach Eyestone anticipates that Dickson will run the mile under 4:05 by the end of the season.

Eyestone said that they’re looking forward to another opportunity to see junior Dennis Christensen in the shot put. Christensen recently broke his personal record with a 17.87m mark and a first-place finish at the 2017 Weber State Winter Open in December.

Senior Laura Young Bluth and sophomore Whittni Orton are two women’s distance runners to watch in their 2018 debut. Bluth and Orton both competed in the 2017 MPSF Indoor Championships and will compete this weekend in the 3000m and 800m respectively.

For a full schedule of events at the BYU Indoor Invite click here. Follow BYU track and field on twitter @BYUTFXC to keep up on the action, or click here for more live stats.