Sydney Jorgensen | Posted: 7 Jun 2017 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Linkletter, Heslington highlight day one of NCAA championships

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EUGENE, Oregon – Strong performances by Rory Linkletter and Jacob Heslington highlighted the first day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field on Wednesday.

"It was a great day all around and no one seemed intimidated or scared," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "We had a lot of people qualified for this meet and I thought the athletes came through and did really well. Rory (Linkletter) looked super confident in his race and had an incredible sprint finish. It was an amazing performance and we're very excited for him."

Linkletter fought hard to move up during the last lap of the 10,000m final and it paid off as he took second with a time of 29:02.96. Clayton Young finished in 29:39.80 for 17th place. 

In the 3000m steeplechase, Heslington finished seventh overall with a mark of 8:43.23, a personal best by just over eight seconds. Though he didn’t finish top-five in his heat, he recorded one of the next two best times to secure his spot in the final heat on Friday.

"Having Jacob (Heslington) advance was a nice little addition," Eyestone said. "He wasn't someone favored to advance, but he put himself in it, finished strong and got the last qualifying spot."

Daniel Carney and Mitchell Briggs also competed in the steeplechase but did not qualify for the final round as they finished 17th and 18th overall, respectively. Carney recorded 8:56.39 while Briggs crossed the finish line at 8:57.24.  

Chase Horrocks ran the 1500m in 3:45.92 and finished 20th overall. Tatenda Tsumba posted a time of 10.29 in the 100m and 20.62 in the 200m, but neither time qualified him for the final round.

Korey Smith and Max Scheible competed in the 400m hurdles with times of 51.48 and 51.92, respectively. Smith finished 16th overall while Scheible came in 17th place.

Zachary Stetler threw a mark of 18.49m in the shot put final and finished 20th overall.

After the first five events of the decathlon, Jackson Walker sits at No. 23 overall with 3446 points. He will compete in the final five events on Thursday.

Also competing Thursday are BYU female distance runners Whittni Orton in the 1500m, Kristi Rush-Briggs in the steeplechase and Shea Collinsworth in the 800m.

Links of note:

Wednesday's Results

Athlete   Event Mark Place  
Chase Horrocks   Men's 1500m (Semifinal)
3:45.92 20th  

Jacob Heslington

  Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal) 8:43.23 7th  

Daniel Carney

  Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal) 8:56.39 17th  
Mitchell Briggs   Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal) 8:57.24


Tatenda Tsumba   Men's 100m (Semifinal)
10.29 19th  

Tatenda Tsumba

  Men's 200m (Semifinal) 20.62 16th  
Korey Smith   Men's 400m Hurdles (Semifinal)
51.48 16th  

Max Scheible

  Men's 400m Hurdles (Semifinal) 51.92 17th  

Zachary Stetler

  Men's Shot Put (Final) 18.49m (60'8'') 20th  
Rory Linkletter   Men's 10,000m (Final)
29:02.96 2nd  
Clayton Young  

Men's 10,000m (Final)

29:39.80 17th  
Jackson Walker   Decathlon (100m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m) 3446 23rd  

Thursday, June 8

Time Athlete Event Network
10:30 a.m. Jackson Walker Men's 110m Hurdles (Decathlon)
11:20 a.m. Jackson Walker Men's Discus Throw (Decathlon)
12:30 p.m. Jackson Walker Men's Pole Vault (Decathlon)
3:00 p.m. Jackson Walker Men's Javelin Throw (Decathlon)
4:46 p.m. Whittni Orton Women's 1500m (Semifinal)
5:02 p.m. Kristi Rush-Briggs
Women's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal) ESPN2
6:14 p.m. Shea Collinsworth Women's 800m (Semifinal)
6:56 p.m. Jackson Walker Men's 1500m (Decathlon)

Friday, June 9

Time Athlete Event Network
5:54 p.m. Jacob Heslington Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Final)


7:25 p.m.
Clayton Young Men's 5000m (Final) ESPN

Saturday, June 10

Time Athlete Event Network
3:00 p.m.
Andrea Stapleton Women's High Jump (Final) ESPN
3:41 p.m. Whittni Orton*
Women's 1500m (Final) ESPN
3:54 p.m.
Kristi Rush-Briggs* Women's 3000m Steeplechase (Final) ESPN
4:44 p.m.
Shea Collinsworth* Women's 800m (Final) ESPN

* -- If qualified

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