Women's track and field puts up top times at Boston, Texas Tech meets
PROVO, Utah — BYU women’s track and field compiled 15 personal bests and four program top-10 times in a day of team and nationwide successes at two different meets on Friday.
David Hemery Valentine Invitational
BYU women’s distance runners stood out among a crowded field at Boston University Track on Friday.
"I'm really proud of a gutsy effort all around," said BYU women's distance coach Diljeet Taylor. "The sisterhood had a strong showing in Boston and I'm grateful for a good drop here."
Aubrey Frentheway finished the night with a 15:32.82 performance to finish ninth in the 5,000-meters. Frentheway improved her personal best by nearly 10 seconds, holding her spot at No. 3 all-time at BYU. The senior from Cheyenne, Wyoming finished first among collegiate runners in an event filled with professionals from Nike, New Balance and Puma.
Sadie Sargent and Jenna Hutchins led the Cougars in the 3,000-meters with each recording a BYU top-10 time on their way to finishing top-25 in an event with 283 runners spread over 16 heats.
Sargent surged past opponents from Wake Forest, Penn State and Florida State to seize ninth place at a personal best 8:59.91. The junior from Coalville, Utah jumped to No. 4 all-time at BYU in the indoor 3,000m, clearing a time set by Erica Birk-Jarvis in 2019.
For the second time in as many weeks, Hutchins improved her 3,000m time, this week coming in at 9:05.41 to finish 21st and climb to No. 8 in program history. The freshman from Johnson City, Tennessee has notched two top-10 times in just two meets this season.
Alena Ellsworth led all American collegiate finishers in the 400-meters with a third-place finish at 53.91. Ellsworth’s time was good for a personal best and No. 4 all-time at BYU, surpassing Jennifer Rockwell Grossarth (2007). Claire Seymour and Meghan Hunter recorded personal bests as well in the 400.
Freshman Taylor Rohatinsky rose among the top of a packed 19-heat mile event as she clocked a personal record 4:33.79. Rohatinsky’s previous best came in December 2022 in the Cougars’ last trip to Boston University Track. The freshman from Highland, Utah not only improved her best by nearly nine seconds but cracked the Cougars top-10 board, jumping Birk-Jarvis for No. 5 in program history. With her performance on Friday, Rohatinsky becomes the fifth current BYU runner to leave her mark on the program’s indoor women’s mile record board.
Fellow freshman Riley Chamberlain ran 4:34.90 to take 16th in the mile while Taylor Lovell and Madi Moffitt also recorded personal bests.
Jarvis Scott Open
BYU women’s track and field saw success in sprints, throws and long jump during its opening day at the Sports Performance Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Adaobi Tabugbo turned-on a torrid pace, blowing by opponents to win the 60-meter hurdles final at 8.30. Tabugbo’s victory is her second in the hurdles in three meets and at 8.30 matches her personal best set at the Ralph Lindeman Invitational on Jan. 21. The sophomore from Laurel, Maryland advanced to the hurdles final with an 8.41 time in the semi. In both races, Tabugbo overcame Naomi Krebs of host No. 15 Texas Tech.
Annalise Hart and Sami Oblad recorded finishes of sixth and 10th, respectively, in the 400-meters. Hart came in ahead of TCU’s Samarra Monrroy and Sam Houston’s Jackeria Woodkins. While Oblad improved her best from 55.78 to 55.68, Hart finished at 54.99; just two-hundredths of a second off tying her own personal record.
Jessica Thompson tossed a personal best 18.77m/61-7 to finish runner-up in the weight throw. Thompson not only beat the home team’s Malin Smith and Field Gatlin but climbed closer to surpassing Tipaleli Fotu (18.83m/61-9.5, 2007) for No. 4 all-time at BYU.
Freshman Maddie Passmore added another personal best to the Cougars’ total with a long jump mark of 5.60m/18-4.5 to finish sixth.
While BYU women’s distance concluded its weekend in Boston, the remainder of women’s track and field looks to notch more top marks as they continue competition at the Jarvis Scott Open on Saturday at 11 a.m. CST.
Cougars spread out at Texas Tech, Boston University
PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s and men’s track and field will spread out this weekend with athletes in Lubbock, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts as they travel to the Jarvis Scott Open at Texas Tech and David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University Feb. 10-11.
Jarvis Scott Open
- Host: Texas Tech
- Schedule (*all times CST)
- Friday’s events begin with the women’s weight throw at 3:00 p.m. and conclude with the men 5,000-meter at 9:45 p.m.
- Saturday’s events begin with the women’s shot put at 10:00 a.m. and conclude with the men’s 4x400-meter relay at 4:00 p.m.
- Live Results
- ESPN+ Live Stream (Friday) – begins at 3:00 p.m.
- ESPN+ Live Stream (Saturday) – begins at 10:00 a.m.
- Further Information
- Tickets are available for purchase here
David Hemery Valentine Invitational (Distance Runners Only)
- Host: Boston University
- Schedule (*all times EST)
- Friday's events begin with the women's 5,000-meter at 10:00 a.m. and conclude with another round of the women's 5,000-meter at 9:35 p.m.
- Saturday's events begin with the men's 5,000-meter at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with another round of the men's 5,000-meter at 8:30 p.m.
- Live Results
- FloTrack Live Stream ($)
- Further Information
- Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10
The women's team has nine athletes ranked in the top-25 for individual events. Two relay teams – distance medley and 4x400m – are nationally-ranked as well.
Women's distance runners Taylor Rohatinsky, Annalise Hart, Alena Ellsworth and Sadie Sargent are No. 8 in the women's distance medley relay for their 10:57.60 performance at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 28.
Riley Chamberlain is currently No. 10 in the country in the mile after her 4:33.14 time in Arkansas, good for No. 4 in school history. Cierra Tidwell Allphin posted a mark of 1.84m/6-0.5 at BYU's second home indoor meet to place herself at No. 10 in the high jump.
The No. 21 men's team also currently boasts nine athletes ranked in top-25 among individual events and another four in the 4x400m relay.
Caleb Witsken and Casey Clinger lead all Cougars at No. 4 in the nation in their respective events. Witsken's pole vault clearance of 5.66m/18-6.75 at BYU's second home meet on Jan. 14 earned him the placement. Clinger is among six ranked Cougar distance runners. He is coming off a school-record, 7:43.96 time in the 3,000-meters to jump ahead of Ed Eyestone's 38 year-old record at the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas last month.
Distance athlete Sebastian Fernandez currently holds No. 7 in the nation among 800-meters runners after surpassing current BYU assistant Ryan Waite's No. 4 all-time program record to become third in BYU history at 1:47.63 on Jan. 28 in Arkansas.