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BYU wraps up day one at Last Chance Meet in Provo

May 12, 2017 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 5:57 pm | Updated: May 12, 2017 6:21 pm | Permalink

After a successful day of competition at the Last Chance Meet, several athletes improved their individual times and marks to earn regional qualifying marks.

Clark Brown ran a personal best in the 100m with a time of 10.31 while Derek Sorensen added a personal record of his own with a time of 10.52.

Korey Smith is now ranked No. 5 all-time in the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.54. Scott Mecham followed closely behind with a mark of 50.58. On the women’s side, Brenna Porter ran a personal best 57.65 in the 400m hurdles.

In the men’s 200m, Clark Brown, Derek Sorensen and Ramarco Thompson ran personal best times of 20.85, 21.07 and 21.11, respectively.

Junior Madelyn Brooks led the Cougars in the 800m and recorded a time of 2:09.20 while Heidi Fuhriman and Sidney Reilly took a close second and third. In the men’s heat, senior Chase Horrocks ran a personal best 1:50.48, just a mere one hundredth of a second improvement from his last time.

Jackson Walker currently leads the Cougars in the men’s decathlon with 3744 points while Lindsay Yetter sits in first place in the women’s heptathlon with 3178 points. Yetter also ran a PR of 14.04 in the 100m hurdles.

True freshman Jacob Barnes threw 66.16 in the javelin, a personal best by six meters and a regional qualifying mark.

In the long jump, Chloe Hadley hit a personal best mark of 5.76m (18’10.75’’) and Blake Steeves recorded a personal best 7.49m (24’7”).

The Last Chance Meet will continue through Saturday, May 13. For a full list of results, click here

Bull, Breland recognized in softball publications

May 09, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:05 pm | Updated: May 9, 2017 1:07 pm | Permalink

McKenna Bull and Briielle Breland were both recognized for their strong play last week in player of the week nods in a few publications.

Bull was named one of the Fastpitch News National Players of the Week. She has extended her scoreless innings pitched streak to 52 innings after four games played last week, leading BYU to its fourth-straight West Coast Conference championship. She totaled 17 strikeouts with just one walk in 15.1 innings pitched. She was also named the WCC Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Outfielder Briielle Breland was named the College Sports Madness WCC Player of the Week. She had four hits and five RBI last week. Against her former school Grand Canyon, she went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI. In the opening game at Santa Clara, she went 2 for 3 again with two runs and two RBI.

Cougar Fans in Houston enjoy BYU Fan Fest

May 06, 2017 - Posted by at 7:15 pm | Updated: May 7, 2017 6:29 pm | Permalink

A large turnout of Cougar fans in Houston met and mingled with BYU coaches and athletes on Saturday during the second of four Fan Fest events conducted this spring from Utah to Nevada to Texas to California.

The Houston Fan Fest took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park located at 6464 Creekside Forest Drive in Spring, Texas. More than 2,500 fans were estimated to have attended during the three-hour BYU event. Check out the links below to see a short highlight video and full photo gallery of the Houston Fan Fest. 

Fan Fest Highlights (video)
Fan Fest Photo Gallery

Among those participating, football head coach Kalani Sitake and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer were on hand along with Cosmo and other Cougar coaches and players, including brothers Fred Warner and Troy Warner as well as Texas natives Tejan Koroma, Akile Davis, Trey Dye and Tanner Jacobson.

BYU football will return to Houston this fall to face the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference on Sept. 2 in the 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans. Tickets can be purchased at BYUtickets.com.

This is the fifth-straight season BYU has traveled to its fans to conduct Fan Fest events, which gives Cougar Nation the opportunity to interact and take photos with Cougar coaches and student-athletes while also enjoying games and festivities such as face painting, inflatables, team posters and other BYU prizes. 

BYU's first Fan Fest this year was in Las Vegas on April 22. BYU will also conduct upcoming Fan Fest events in Farmington, Utah (Tuesday, May 16) and Corona, California (Saturday, June 3). 

Upcoming Fan Fest Events

Farmington, Utah — Tuesday, May 16 
Legacy Events Center
151 S 1100 West, Farmington, Utah 84025

6 - 8:30 p.m. MDT

Corona, California — Saturday, June 3 
Santana Regional Park 
598 Santana Way, Corona, California 92881

12 - 3 p.m. PDT

BYU prepares for national championship match against Ohio State

May 05, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:16 am | Updated: May 5, 2017 7:00 pm | Permalink

BYU men's volleyball spent the day preparing for its national championship match against Ohio State. In the morning, the Cougars headed to St. John Arena for a 90 minute practice. Following that, Joseph Grosh, Kiril Meretev, Wil Stanley and head coach Shawn Olmstead joined the media for a press conference. The team watched film on the Buckeyes in the evening before heading out for a late dinner to finish off the day. BYU faces Ohio State Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. EDT for a chance to win the NCAA title for the first time since the 2004 season.

BYU ready for Final Four matchup with Long Beach State

May 03, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 10:54 am | Updated: May 3, 2017 8:12 pm | Permalink

BYU men's volleyball began the day with a press conference and practice, in preparation for its Final Four match against No. 2 seed Long Beach State. Jake Langlois, Ben Patch, Erik Sikes and head coach Shawn Olmstead fielded questions from the media before the team took to the court for a 90 minute practice. After lunch, the Cougars had a film session on the 49ers. Following that, BYU headed to the Ivory Room for the AVCA Banquet, where Langlois was honored as an AVCA First-Team All-American. The Cougars face Long Beach State Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. EDT. The match will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

Cougars prepare for play-in match against Barton

May 01, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 11:11 am | Updated: May 2, 2017 6:47 am | Permalink

The BYU men's volleyball team began preparations for its NCAA tournament play-in match against Barton Monday. After breakfast, the squad headed to the campus of The Ohio State University for weight lifting. The players then entered St. John Arena for the first time for a 90 minute practice. The team rounded out the day with a film session on its opponent. The Cougars face Barton Tuesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. EDT in Columbus, Ohio.

Cougars prepare for battle with No. 3 seed Hawai'i

Apr 19, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 6:21 pm | Updated: April 19, 2017 11:21 pm | Permalink

The BYU men's volleyball team took to the court at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California, for the first time Wednesday, practicing in the evening for two hours. Prior to practice, the Cougars began the day with a study hall, finishing homework and preparing for upcoming finals. Following lunch, several players and coaches participated in media interviews before the team headed to practice at Long Beach State's gym. After a post-practice meal, the Cougars studied film on Hawai'i. BYU faces the Rainbow Warriors Thursday, April 20, at 5 p.m. PDT, in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. The match will be streamed live by FloSports.

Alldredge named Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week

Apr 17, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:17 pm | Permalink

After a strong performance last week, Caitlyn Larsen Alldredge was named the College Sports Madness Softball Player of the Week.

In addition to the Madness weekly honor, Alldredge was also named the WCC Player of the Week earlier today.

In four games played this week, Alldredge led the team to four wins at the plate, hitting .600 on 6 for 10 hitting with 10 RBI, six runs and two home runs. She had three games in which she notched three or more RBI, including a career-high four RBI in the win at Southern Utah. In that same game, she also had a new career high in slugging percentage with 2.667 after hitting two home runs in the win. During the Pacific series, she had two games with three RBI. The series finale on Saturday saw Alldredge going 3 for 3 with three RBI and two runs.

To see all the players of the week from each conference, click here.

April Baseball Blog

Apr 15, 2017 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:12 pm | Updated: April 20, 2017 4:59 pm | Permalink
ESPNU TELEVISING AGAIN: It was released a couple days ago that BYU's game at Gonzaga will be televised by ESPNU/WatchESPN, Saturday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. PT. ESPNU televised the BYU-Santa Clara game last year in Provo.
 
UPCOMING GRADUATIONS: Graduating this month from BYU are: pitcher Brady Corless in family life and current graduate assistant/former shortstop Hayden Nielsen in exercise and wellness. Players hopeful of a June graduation are Keaton Cenatiempo in exercise and wellness, Tanner Chauncey in statistics and Bronson Larsen in exercise and wellness.
 
NOMINATED FOR CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Brock Hale 3.47 cumulative grade point average, majoring in pre-business; Bo Burrup 3.44 GPA, majoring in pre-communications; and Nate Favero  3.33 GPA, majoring in political science have been nominated for the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team.
 
BASEBALL COLLECTION: Pitching coach Jeremy Thomas added five baseballs from teams representing five new conferences who had games with BYU this school year: Michigan State with the Big 10, Georgia Tech with the ACC, Kennesaw State with the Big South Conference, Georgia State with the Sun Belt Conference, and Connecticut with the American Athletic Conference. Coach Thomas now has 28 baseballs in that collection, including a couple College World Series baseballs.
 
WALK-UP MUSIC: Here are the names of walkup songs (the non-R rated segments) for several of the BYU Cougars:</p>
Ronnie Adair – Tell the World – Lecrae
Brennon Anderson – Pull the Trigger – Russ
Jackson Bishop – I’d Love to Change – Jetta
Maverik Buffo – Ladies and Gentlemen – Saliva
Bo Burrup – Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
Matt Bushman – So Fresh – Outkast
Keaton Cenatiempo – Double Double Trouble – MIA
Tanner Chauncey – Power – Kanye West
David Clawson – The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Aaron Cross – Don’t Let Me Down – Chainsmokers
Kyle Dean – Come With Now – Kongos
Matt Favero – She Cranks – Dustin Lynch
Nate Favero – Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
Riley Gates – Right Now – Van Halen
Brock Hale – The Movement – Kid Ink
Noah Hill – Sucker for Pain – Lil Wayne
Brian Hsu – Get Stupid – Mac Dre
Casey Jacobsen – Fitzpleasure – Alt-J
Mackay Jacobsen – Levels – Aviici
Keaton Kringlen – Work – Rihanna, Bad Royale remix
Bronson Larsen - Imperial March – Star Wars
Mason Marshall – Want It All – Queen
Kendall Motes – I Can’t Stop – Flux Pavilion
Pete Nielsen – Flower – Moby
Rhett Parkinson – As Good as I Once Was – Toby Keith
Hayden Rogers – Here Comes the Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
Daniel Schneemann – My Name Is – Eminem
Colton Shaver – King Kong – Jibs
Connor Williams – My Life Be Like – Grits
Jordan Wood – Come and Get Your Love – Redbone
 
SPRING SPROUTS: Or this could be called #mustachemafia Part II. Relief pitchers Mason Marshall and Rhett Parkinson started their mustaches a couple weeks ago and the Cougars have gone 10-2 in that period.The fad may be gaining momentum again.
 
SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: In addition to the summer assignments mentioned in our March blog, Cam Richins will be playing for the Chico Heat in Chico, California, where Keaton Kringlen and Daniel Schneemann played last summer.
 
PRO ASSIGNMENTS: Here is what we've learned of pro assignments of former Cougar baseball players for this month after the completion of spring training:
Jaycob Brugman –AAA Nashville Sounds in Tennessee
Taylor Cole –AAA Buffalo Bisons in New York
Jacob Hannemann –AAA Iowa Cubs in Des Moines
Adam Law –AA-Arkansas Travelers with Marcus Littlewood and in Little Rock
Brennon Lund –A ball in Burlington, Iowa
Kolton Mahoney –Low A Charleston Riverdogs in South Carolina
Adam Mille –Still rehabbing at the Diamondbacks Facility in Arizona
Mike Rucker –Low A South Bend Cubs in Indiana
 
BROCK HALE TIME OFF: Because of a knee strain suffered in the Oregon game the first part of this month, BYU's leading hitter Brock Hale had time to work on other statistics.While the Cougars were at the Pacific series, Hale remained behind to continue rehabbing his knee and spent added time in a mathematics lab at BYU studying for a test in in Math 118 and got a pleasing test score.
 
IMPENDING DOOM: Check out this notation of "Impending doom" in this link pointed out by the astute eye of David Richey from Ogden, whether it be the intended comment about the rainy weather at game one at Pacific earlier this month or the prediction of Maverik Buffo's 6-0 shutout thanks to Bronson Larsen's grand slam: http://byucougars.com/node/116517/#ui-tabs-1
 
FORGOT IN FEBRUARY TO MENTION: "I'm really impressed with BYU. I felt like every pitcher that they ran out there was good, their left side of the infield made some really good plays and up and down their lineup they can really hit," said Coach Danny Hall of Georgia Tech.http://www.ramblinwreck.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/021717aac.html
 
FLASHING LEATHER: Here are two scriptures referenced on BYU players' gloves: 1) on Pete Nielsen's glove is Isaiah 12:2--Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.; and 2) on one of the gloves used by Noah Hill is James 1:12--Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Hill also has initials representing an acronym from his high school team: FBL, enscribed on the same glove and written inside his ball cap. And then there's this emblazoned in Spanish on Brennon Anderson's glove: La Leyenda (meaning "The Legend")

Bull picks up Madness WCC Player of the Week honor

Apr 04, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:26 am | Updated: April 4, 2017 10:38 am | Permalink

In addition to her West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week nod, McKenna Bull was named the Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week for the second time this season after her strong play last week.

This is the third Madness WCC Player of the Week honor for BYU this season. Bull also picked up the award in March and Libby Sugg won back in February.

In 13.1 innings pitched this week, Bull had a 0.53 ERA and .146 opponent batting average. She also notched 19 strikeouts with just one earned run, three walks and seven hits over the week. Against No. 1/3 Oregon, she gave up no runs and just three hits while tossing eight strikeouts in the tight 1-0 loss. In the complete game win at Oregon State, Bull threw 10 strikeouts, her third game this season with double-digit strikeouts.

The Madness National Field Player of the Week was Florida State's Sydney Broderick and the Madness National Pitcher of the Week was Michigan's Megan Betsa. The complete list of the winners from each conference can be seen here.