(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Hayley Jensen -- Gymnastics -- Junior -- Colorado Springs, Colo.
Junior Hayley Jensen walked away with a career-high 9.825 on the floor rotation in the Cougar's head-to-head meet with No. 2 Utah last weekend. That score helped catapult her to a three-way tie for the individual title on the rotation, with two other Utah gymnasts. That score moved Jensen to be tied for No. 41 nationally on the event. This is only Jensen's fifth time competing in the event as a Cougar.
Trent Plaisted -- Men's Basketball -- Junior -- San Antonio, Texas
Junior forward/center Trent Plaisted scored 27 points on 71.4 percent shooting from the floor and 77.8 percent accuracy at the free-throw line in BYU's 83-72 win last week vs. TCU. Plaisted added four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot in his 33 minutes on the floor.
He scored a season-best 17 first-half points to lead the Cougars to a 43-35 lead at the break. He added double-digit scoring in the second half as well to equal his career mark with a game-high 27 points. Plaisted finished the night making 10-of-14 field-goal attempts while going 7-for-9 at the charity stripe. He scored 20 or more points for the sixth game this season and 15th time during his career.
Chris Little -- Men's Track and Field -- Sophomore -- Los Gatos, Calif.
Chris Little cleared a season and career best of 17-00.75 (5.20m) in the pole vault on Saturday at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, good enough for a national provisional mark and fourth place in the championship heat. Little's mark positions him as the sixth-best vaulter in the MWC and tied for 17th in the nation according to trackshark.com.
Katie Palmer -- Women's Track and Field -- Freshman -- Boulder City, Nev.
As just a freshman, Katie Palmer managed to run a 2:10.29 in the 800-meter run in the women's championship heat of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. The time is the second fastest in the conference behind BYU's Carlee Clark-Platt. This time came after running the 800-meter leg of the distance medley relay the day before. Palmer ran a 2:07.80 split in the DMR, launching the Cougars into nationals with a national provisional time of 11:12.93.