Linkletter, Heslington highlight day one of NCAA championships
"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.
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:
- Schedule of events
- Live stats
- Live stream
- NCAA Track & Field Championships Website
- BYU Track and Field Twitter account (@BYUTFXC)- follow for meet updates and additional information
|Chase Horrocks||Men's 1500m (Semifinal)
|Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)||8:43.23||7th|
|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)
|Men's 200m (Semifinal)||20.62||16th|
|Korey Smith||Men's 400m Hurdles (Semifinal)
|Men's 400m Hurdles (Semifinal)||51.92||17th|
|Men's Shot Put (Final)||18.49m (60'8'')||20th|
|Rory Linkletter||Men's 10,000m (Final)
Men's 10,000m (Final)
|Jackson Walker||Decathlon (100m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m)||3446||23rd|
Thursday, June 8
|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
|5:54 p.m.||Jacob Heslington||Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Final)||
||Clayton Young||Men's 5000m (Final)||ESPN|
Saturday, June 10
||Andrea Stapleton||Women's High Jump (Final)||ESPN|
|3:41 p.m.||Whittni Orton*
||Women's 1500m (Final)||ESPN|
||Kristi Rush-Briggs*||Women's 3000m Steeplechase (Final)||ESPN|
||Shea Collinsworth*||Women's 800m (Final)||ESPN|
* -- If qualified
The USTFCCCA recognized 27 BYU men's track and field athletes with All-Academic honors on July 13.