Fifteen BYU track and field athletes advance to NCAA Championships
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A total of 15 BYU athletes qualified for the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 16 entries as the three-day NCAA West Preliminary Round concluded Saturday night.
"We're very excited about the direction we're headed in," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone. "Our athletes came out and performed at a very high level. Now we're just hoping to go to the big dance and score as many points as we can."
Connor McMillan (13:48.45), Clayton Young (13:51.19) and Rory Linkletter (13:51.28) each earned their second qualifying bid of the weekend to the NCAA Championships in the 5000m. The trio first qualified for nationals on Thursday night in the 10,000m.
Whittni Orton ran a personal-best 4:14.41 in the 1500m Saturday to guarantee her spot in the national meet and gave her the No. 3 all-time mark in school history. Anna Camp also broke her previous record in the 1500m with a time of 4:18.08 but fell one spot shy of qualifying for the semifinal.
After running a 13.36 in the 100m hurdles prelims on Friday, Alyssa Dalton clocked a 13.27 in Saturday night’s quarterfinal to advance to the semifinal round at nationals. The BYU women’s 4x400 relay team ran a season-best 3:36.82 to close the track meet for the Cougars and earned the final qualifying spot for the semifinal at the NCAA Championships.
The Cougars qualified six athletes for nationals on the opening day of the NCAA West Prelims on Thursday. True freshman Ashton Riner finished in 11th place in the women’s javelin to secure her spot in the NCAA Championships. Andrea Stapleton-Johnson punched her ticket to nationals for the second year in a row after taking first place in the high jump with a clearance of 1.80m
The men’s 10,000m squad entered regionals ranked No. 1 in the nation and left with four national qualifiers after Linkletter won the race with a time of 29:14.29. McMillan took third (29:14.91), Young (29:16.08) finished ninth and Conner Mantz (29:16.78) came in 11th.
Brenna Porter earned her spot to compete at the NCAA Championships after clocking a career-best 57.18 in the 400m hurdles on Friday. The No. 1 ranked men's steeplechase team added two more qualifiers for BYU Friday night with Matt Owens (8:36.73) taking second place and Clayson Shumway (8:36.76) taking third.
Kevin Nielsen received an automatic bid to nationals after the regular season in the decathlon, qualifying with a total of 7475 points for the 24th seed. Decathletes do not compete in the NCAA preliminary rounds.
The NCAA Championships will be in held at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, June 6-9. ESPN holds the broadcasting rights and a schedule of its coverage can be found on ncaa.com.
|Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush||200m||24.30||40th||Did Not Qualify (DNQ)|
|Whittni Orton||1500m||4:14.41||9th||Semifinal in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Olivia Hoj||3000m Steeplechase||10:05.45||14th||DNQ|
|Maddie Cannon||3000m Steeplechase||10:09.78||18th||DNQ|
|Emma Gee||3000m Steeplechase||10:19.95||32nd||DNQ|
|Sara Musselman||3000m Steeplechase||10:23.26||33rd||DNQ|
|Alyssa Dalton||100m hurdles||13.27||11th||Semifinal in Eugene OR June 6-9|
|Nicole Lord||100m hurdles||13.84||33rd||DNQ|
|Brenna Porter||400m hurdles||57.18||3rd||Semifinal in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|4X400m||3:36.82||12th||Semifinal in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Andrea Stapleton-Johnson||High Jump||1.80m||1st||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Nicole Lord||High Jump||1.75m||26th||DNQ|
|Marissa Appiah||High Jump||1.70m||29th||DNQ|
|Ellyana Long||High Jump||1.70m||34th||DNQ|
|Sierra Hansen||Pole Vault||NH||NH||DNQ|
|Ashton Riner||Javelin||50.21m||11th||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Matt Owens||3000m Steeplechase||8:36.73||2nd||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Clayson Shumway||3000m Steeplechase||8:36.76||3rd||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Jacob Heslington||3000m Steeplechase||8:44.46||11th||DNQ|
|Daniel Carney||3000m Steeplechase||8:46.15||14th||DNQ|
|Porter Reddish||3000m Steeplechase||8:50.28||21st||DNQ|
|Garett Marsing||3000m Steeplechase||8:57.23||23rd||DNQ|
|Connor McMillan||5000m||13:48.45||5th||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Clayton Young||5000m||13:51.19||10th||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Rory Linkletter||5000m||13:51.28||11th||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Rory Linkletter||10,000m||29:14.29||1st||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Connor McMillan||10,000m||29:14.91||3rd||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Clayton Young||10,000m||29:16.08||9th||Final in Eugene, OR, June 6-9|
|Conner Mantz||10,000m||29:16.78||11th||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
|Scott Mecham||400m hurdles||50.89||14th||DNQ|
|Max Scheible||400m hurdles||51.14||17th||DNQ|
|Colten Yardley||400m hurdles||52.83||39th||DNQ|
|Raul Rios||Pole Vault||5.00m||27th||DNQ|
|Jake Jarvis||Pole Vault||NH||NH||DNQ|
|Jefferson Jarvis||Shot Put||17.56||31st||DNQ|
|Kevin Nielsen||Decathlon||7475||N/A||Final in Eugene, OR June 6-9|
The USTFCCCA recognized 27 BYU men's track and field athletes with All-Academic honors on July 13.