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Jenessa Mann | Posted: 17 Feb 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Jenessa Mann

Women's DMR team qualifies for nationals


NOTRE DAME, Indiana – The BYU women's distance medley relay team qualified for nationals at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday.

"I am very pleased with how the girls competed," women's track and field coach Diljeet Taylor said. "We knew these four could get it done. They ran really tough and I'm very proud of them."

The Cougars sent six athletes to compete at the meet. Their goal was to secure a spot for the NCAA Indoor Championships. 

Ashleigh Warner, Kristi Rush, Brenna Porter and Whittni Orton competed as the DMR team for the Cougars. They finished with a qualifying time of 11:01.77. 

Cassidy Pinnock finished first for the Cougars in the 400m race which earned her a new personal best and the No. 7 best BYU all-time finish (55.48). 

Abraham Alvarado also competed and finished first in the 800m race with a time of 1:49.4.

The Cougars head to Seattle, Washington, to compete at the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, March 9. 


Braden Taylor | Posted: 13 Feb 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Braden Taylor

Cougars to send six athletes to Alex Wilson Invitational


PROVO, Utah – BYU track and field will send only six athletes to compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Indiana, on Saturday, Feb. 17. This will be the final meet of the indoor track regular season before the start of conference championships.

“It is like a seek and destroy mission,” said head coach Ed Eyestone. “They’re going to go and do what they need to do in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Then they’ll come back and get ready for the MPSF Championships.”

Abraham Alvarado will make the trip to compete in the 800m in an attempt to solidify his NCAA qualification. Athletes need to finish with one of the top-16 marks in the nation to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, and Alvarado currently holds the seventh-best time in 800m (1:47.98).

Eyestone believes that Alvarado is already in a good position to qualify for the NCAA Championships but still expects him finish with a faster time to strengthen his position.

The women’s DMR team currently holds the 13th-best time nationwide and will try to boost its qualifying position. Ashleigh Warner will start the relay off in the 1200m leg and will hand off the baton to Brenna Porter for the 400m leg. Kristi Rush-Briggs will receive the baton for the 800m leg and Whittni Orton will run anchor in the 1600m.

Eyestone expects the DMR team, barring any unexpected mistakes, to finish with a faster time than its current 11:18.93.

Cassidy Pinnock will be the sixth Cougar to compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Pinnock will compete in the 400m and will try to beat her career-best 56.07.

BYU will also send pole vaulters Sierra Hansen, Kylee Trageser and Elise Machen-Romney to compete in the Air Force Collegiate Open in Colorado Springs on Friday, Feb. 16.

The Alex Wilson Invitational will begin at 11 a.m. EST at the Loftus Sports Center. Follow BYU track and field on twitter @BYUTFXC to keep up on the action, or click here for more live stats.