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Decathlon comes to an end at Texas Relays

Mar 30, 2017 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 10:10 pm | Permalink

After competing in two days of events, Kevin Nielsen finished No. 5 overall in the decathlon at the Texas Relays. Jackson Walker also competed but did not compete in the final events of the competition. 

Nielsen came in first place overall in the long jump with a mark of 7.42 meters and placed eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.00, just a tenth of a second off of his career-best time. He also came in third in the high jump and in his final event, he took fourth in the 1500-meter run. At the conclusion of the 10 events, Nielsen finished with a career-best score of 7,439. 

Korey Smith came in eighth and Max Scheible in 10th in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Brenna Porter finished 13th in the first round of the women's 400-meter hurdles. 

Junior Jake Jarvis finished second, sophomore Raul Rios in third and junior Jameson Shirley took 10th in the pole vault. In the men's javelin throw, Kraymer Eppich came in sixth and Jacob Barnes came in 10th. Junior Elyse Cuthbertson finished in 13th place in the women's javelin throw.

The Texas Relays will continue on through Saturday, April 1. For a full list of results, click here

Wrap-up of day one at NCAA Indoor Championships

Mar 10, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:43 pm | Updated: March 10, 2017 10:13 pm | Permalink

Day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books for the BYU men's and women's teams. 

Perhaps Friday's most impressive performance came from the BYU women's DMR squad who took fourth place overall. They finished with a combined time of 11:03.43. Ashleigh Warner started things off for the Cougars, running the 1200 meters in 3:24, followed by Brenna Porter in the 400 meters who finished in 55.0. Filling in for Shea Collinsworth was Kristi Rush in the 800 meters, running her leg in 2:06, and Erica Birk finished things with the anchor leg for BYU, completing the mile with a time of 4:36. 

2017 Mountain Region Athlete of the Year Shea Collinsworth ran in the 800-meter preliminaries on Friday, taking sixth place overall in 2:05.37. She advances to the final, which will take place on Saturday.  

Men's distance runner Rory Linkletter took 11th overall in the final of the 5000 meters with a time of 13:57.62. He placed four slots ahead of his projected placement of 15th, representing the Cougars well. 

Women's high jumper Andrea Stapleton competed in the finals of the high jump on Friday and took 13th place overall. She logged her highest jump of the weekend at 1.76m (5'9.25"). 

Abraham Alvarado represented BYU in the preliminary round of the men's 800 meters. Alvarado finished fifth in his heat and 13th overall; he will not be advancing to Saturday's final. 

Friday was also the opening day of the men's heptathlon. Kevin Nielsen finished the day with a total of 3095 points. He sits 499 points out of first place and hopes to catch the front-runners during Saturday's events. For complete stats of the men's heptathlon, click here

Track and field events continue on Saturday, when men's distance runner Clayton Young will represent BYU in the men's 3000 meters at 6:15 p.m. CST, and Shea Collinworth will be in the women's 800-meter final at 5:20 p.m. CST. The heptathlon will also conclude on Saturday.

For a full list of events, times and results as they are forthcoming, click here

Conluding day one of MSPF Championships

Feb 24, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:50 pm | Updated: February 24, 2017 10:57 pm | Permalink

In the women's 5000 meter run, Laura Young recorded a new personal record of 16:15.66 as she took sixth overall. Alice Jensen likewise set a new personal record, finishing in 16:45.35 and in 12th overall. Yesenia Silva came in 19th overall with a time of 16:51.37.

Rory Linkletter recored a second-place finish overall in the men's 5000 meters with a time of 13:59.49 while Nicolas Montanez set a new personal record of 14:09.08 and took eighth overall. Daniel Carney also set a personal record in his debut in the event, taking 13th overall in 14:13.94.

In the men's 60-meter dash, Tatenda Tsumba took third overall in the preliminaires with a time of 6.74 and will compete in the finals on Saturday. Curtis Brown finished just one spot out of qualifications in ninth place in 6.85. 

Tsumba took fourth overall in the men's 200 meters with a time of 21.25, with Brown in 10th in 21.74. Drew Tingey finished in 22.00 and took 14th place, and Jesus Serrano took 22nd overalll in 22.44. 

In the women's 200 meters, Keesha Miller set a new personal record of 25.18 and took 21st overall. Lauren Baxter finished in 37th overall in 25.73. 

Serrano and Max Scheible competed in the men's 60-meter hurdles, Serrano finishing in 8.36, with Scheible close behind with an 8.41.  

The men's DMR squad finished in 9:50.53 for third place overall.

Men's heptathletes Kevin Nielsen, Jackson Walker and Brian Matthews all participated on Friday, with Nielsen finishing the day in third place with 3129 points, Walker in ninth with 2866 points and Matthews in 12th with 2721 points. Walker and Matthews both set new personal records in the long jump of 6.85m and 6.65m, respectively. 

Penthathlete Lindsay Yetter sits in third place overall with 3395 points.  

Highlights from day one at Iowa Classic

Feb 10, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 5:12 pm | Updated: February 10, 2017 8:35 pm | Permalink

AMES, Iowa – The opening day of the Iowa Classic featured several athletes breaking into the BYU record books.

Erica Birk took first place in the women’s mile and set a new BYU record with a time of 4:38.95. Ashleigh Warner, Kristi Rush and Whittni Orton took fourth through sixth places, also claiming spots in the top 10 all-time at BYU. Warner now sits in second place (4:39.48) with Rush in fourth place (4:39.79) and Orton in ninth place (4:41.66).  

Clayton Young, Rory Linkletter and Jonathan Harper also took their places in BYU's top-10 all-time lists with their personal-record performances in the men's 5000 meters. Young finished in 13:45.25 for fourth place overall and third place all-time at BYU. Linkletter's time of 13:49.00 was good enough to give him seventh place overall and sixth place at BYU all-time. And Harper ran a time of 13:54.81 for 12th place at the meet and ninth place all-time at BYU. 

Tatenda Tsumba also had a good day, winning the men’s 200 meters and claiming third place all-time at BYU with a time of 21.02. He also took fourth place in the men’s 60 meters in 6.76.

Men’s runner Chase Horrocks placed third in the mile with a time of 4:03.19, and in the men’s 3000 meters, Alex Hedquist took eighth place in 8:25.52.

Tomi Adegoke finished second in the long jump with a mark of 7.06, and Chloe Hadley took seventh in the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.64.

Keesha Miller competed in the final of the women’s 60 meters and ran a 7.65, taking sixth place overall. Christina Hedgepath, Samantha Reevers and Lauren Rawlinson also finished in the top 15.

BYU Indoor Invitational wraps up second day

Jan 13, 2017 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 9:41 pm | Permalink

During the second day of the 2017 BYU Indoor Invitational, the women’s heptathlon wrapped up with sophomore Halley Folsom taking first place (3463) and freshman Lyndsay Yetter came in at a close second (3294 points).

At the close of the men’s pentathlon, Kevin Nielsen took first place in the men’s heptathlon with a total of 5525 points and Jackson Walker third place with 4414 points.

The women wrapped up three field events today including the pole vault, shot put and long jump. Kylee Trageser in first place overall for the pole vault (3.97m) and Sierra Freeland first place in the shot put.

The meet with resume tomorrow with the final field events and all races for both men and women. For a full schedule of Saturday’s events, click here

Cougars complete first day of indoor track and field competition

Jan 12, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:41 pm | Updated: January 13, 2017 10:31 am | Permalink

At the end of the first day of competition at the BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational, Kevin Nielson leads all athletes in the men’s heptathlon with 3130 points. The men’s heptathletes competed in the high jump, long jump, shot put and the 60 meters. Nielson placed first in all heptathlon events, with Cougar Jackson Walker taking second place in the shot put, third place in the 60 meters and fourth place in the jumps. Walker finished the day with 2713 points, behind Nielson, Utah Valley’s Rusty Jones and unattached Brian Matthews.

The discus throw finals also took place on Thursday, with BYU’s Jefferson Jarvis placing second place with a 47:08 mark. Cougar Jacob Foutz finished close behind in fourth place with a mark of 45.58.  

The women got in on the action as well on Thursday, with five Cougar athletes competing in the weight throw. Siale Viatohi and Sadie Nielsen took fourth and fifth for BYU with marks of 15.50 and 15.36, respectively. Sierra Freeland and Emily Spendlove took sixth and seventh with 13.75 and 13.45 marks, and Leah Thompson rounded out the pack in 11th place with a 12.28 mark.

Competition resumes tomorrow with additional men’s heptathlon events and beginning of the women’s pentathlon. The men’s shot put and long jump finals, as well as the women’s pole vault, long jump and shot put finals, will take place tomorrow.

For a full schedule of Friday’s events, click here

Head coach Ed Eyestone and Jason Witt to appear on TrackTown LIVE

Jun 10, 2014 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 1:05 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Ed Eyestone and Jason Witt will appear on TrackTown LIVE at 2:00 p.m. PDT in celebration of Eyestone's victory in the 10,000-meter race 30 years ago. Witt will compete in the 10,000-meter race tomorrow at the NCAA Championships. You can catch the program live on the embeded video below.

Former Cougar Jason Pyrah to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Jan 13, 2014 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 10:20 am | Permalink

Former BYU track and cross country All-American Jason Pyrah will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Jan. 26 at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.

A native of Willard, Mo., Pyrah was a four-time NCAA track and two-time NCAA cross country All-American at BYU. Following his career as a Cougar he represented the United States in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was the USA Indoor Mile Track Champion in 2000. Pyrah has competed on six continents and in more than 20 different countries and has run a sub four-minute mile more than 30 times.

“Jason was a fantastic athlete — someone who you could always rely on,” said BYU track coach Mark Robison. “No matter what, he always brought everything to race day. He didn’t vacillate; he was just consistent. And driven — man, was he driven.”

Before coming to BYU, Pyrah was a five-time high school track All-American and a six-time Missouri state track champion. At one time, he held four Missouri state track records (two of which he still holds) and in 1987 ran the fastest mile of any high school athlete in the nation. In 2006, Pyrah was inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame. Some of the memorabilia from his career is on display in Legacy Hall in the Student Athlete Building at BYU.

McAdams advances to 3,000 meter steeplechase final

Jun 25, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:57 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar Josh McAdams (2004-2006) ran in the 3,000 meter steeplechase preliminary at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials on Monday and advanced to the final. McAdams, represented by New Balance, ran the race in 8:31.15 and finished fifth in his heat to automatically move on to Thursday's final.

For McAdams to make the Olympic Team, he will have to finish in the top three and achieve the Olympic A Standard time of 8:23.10. In 2008 McAdams represented the US at the Olympics in Beijing and finished ninth in opening round. At BYU, McAdams was the NCAA National Champion in the steeplechase at the 2006 NCAA National Championships.

Walker and Sork's winning race at the USA Junior Championships

Jun 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:59 am | Permalink

It has been chronicled here on BYUcougars.com that Shaquille Walker won the 800 meters at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships last weekend and has qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Barcelona. What has not been mentioned is that the second-place finisher who also qualified for the World Junior Championships is BYU signee Tanner Sork from Camas, Wash.

As you can see in the video below, Sork was in the top two or three throughout the race, fell back to fourth before sprinting ahead to take second right at the end. Sork came into the race ranked No. 1 in the nation among high school runners in the 800 meters. We'll have more on both Walker and Sork as the World Junior Championships approach.