Whittni Orton
Distance
Ht
5'
7"
Class
Senior
Hometown
Panguitch, 
Utah
Last School
Panguitch High School
Roster Years
2017-2021


Personal

  • Parents are Beth Brewster and Dale Orton 
  • Has five siblings (Nicole, Oaklee, Heather, Mason, Acey)
  • Majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Psychology
  • Also recruited by Weber State, UVU, SUU and Idaho State
  • Played basketball and volleyball in high school as well

Before BYU

  • 2016 High School Female Athlete of the Year 
  • Deseret News 2015 1A MVP in girls basketball
  • Deseret News 2014 1A Defensive MVP in girls basketball
  • Three-time state champion in basketball
  • Two-time state champion in volleyball
  • Four-time state champion in track (1600m, 3200m, 800m)
  • Four-time cross country state champion

Stats

Indoor Personal Bests
Mark/Time  Event Meet
2:07.57 800m 2018 Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge
4:12.34 1500m 2020 Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge
4:29.76 Mile  2020 Dr. Sander Invite
8:49.63 3000m 2020 Husky Classic
15:22.98 5000m 2019 Boston University Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener
Outdoor Personal Bests
Mark/Time  Event Meet
2:05.97 800m 2019 Payton Jordan Invite
4:09.31 1500m 2021 West Coast Relays
4:47.16 Mile  2018 BYU Cougar Invitational
15:12.91 5000m 2021 American Track League: The Track Meet

Career Stats
Cross Country Profile

BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2017

Indoor

  • Finished 6th in the mile at the Iowa State Classic
  • Took 11th in the mile run and 800m run at the MPSF Indoor Championships

Outdoor

  • Came in 20th in the 1500m at the NCAA Championships with a time of 4:21.74
  • Earned 2017 USTFCCCA Outdoor Track and Field All-America Honorable Mention
  • Finished 12th overall in the 1500m at the NCAA West Prelims with a time of 4:21.68
  • Came in 1st in the 1500m run and 2nd in the 800m run at the Trojan Invitational
  • Placed 4th in the 1500m at the Stanford Invitational
  • Finished 12th in the 800m at the Mt. SAC Relays
  • 8th place in the 1500m run at the Payton Jordan Invitational 
Sophmore Year 2018

Indoor

  • Earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships where she finished seventh overall in the mile with a time of 4:35.44
  • Started the season with a first-place finish in the mile (4:49.73) at the BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational 
  • Placed 20th in the 800m with a time of 2:07.57 and fourth in the distance medley relay (11:18.93) at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge
  • Took first in the mile with a time of 4:34.88 at the Iowa State Classic
  • Finished fifth in the distance medley relay (11:01.77) at the Alex Wilson Invitational 
  • Competed in the MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships where she placed seventh in the 800m (2:08.71)

Outdoor

  • Placed 19th in the 1500 prelims (4:17.84) at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships to earn All-America honorable mention
  • Placed fifth in the 1500m (4:21.21) at the Payton Jordan Invitational 
  • Took first in the mile with a time of 4:47.16 at the BYU Cougar Invitational 
  • Competed in the NCAA West Preliminary Round and advanced to the NCAA Championships after finishing eighth in the 1500m with a time of 4:14.41
Junior Year 2019

Indoor

  • Competed in the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships where she finished twelfth (4:41.74) in the mile and received second-team All-America honors
  • Competed in the MPSF Indoor Championships where she ran a season-best time of 2:09.03 in the 800m
  • Finished first overall in the mile at the Iowa State Classic
  • Placed third in the distance medley relay (10:56.51) at the UW Invitational
  • Competed in five meets during the 2019 indoor season

Outdoor

  • Took eighth place (4:14.73) and received first-team All-America honors in the 1500m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships
  • Placed sixth in the 1500m with a time of 4:13.58 at the NCAA West Prelims
  • Ran a career-best time of 2:05.97 and finished second overall in the 800m at the Payton Jordan Invitational
  • Competed in six meets during the 2019 indoor season
Senior Year 2021

Indoor (2020)

  • Named a USTFCCCA All-American in the 3000m and the DMR
  • Named the Y Awards Female Athlete of the Year
  • Started the season breaking the school record in the 5000m with a time of 15:22.98 at the Boston University Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener
  • Set a new school record in the mile, clocking 4:29.76 at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge
  • Competed in the NCAA-leading distance medley relay to set a school and facility record (10:53.95) at the UW Invitational 
  • Clocked 8:49.63 and broke the 3000m school record at the Husky Classic
  • Competed in four meets during the 2020 indoor season

Outdoor (2021)

  • Named an All-America Honorable Mention in the 1500m and the 5000m
  • Competed in the 1500 at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, finishing 17th with a time of 4:14.99
  • Competed in the 5000 at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, finishing 18th with a time of 16:05.33 
  • Finished 1st with a time of 4:16.16 in the 1500 Preliminaries and 5th overall in the 5000 with a time of 15:58.32 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round 
  • Ran a career best 4:09.31 in the 1500 at the West Coast Relays, good for the second best time in BYU history
  • Posted a career best 15:12.91 in the 5000 at American Track League: The Track Meet, a BYU record
  •  Competed in seven meets during the 2021 outdoor season
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year



  • Whittni Orton at 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships

    Whittni Orton at 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships

  • Whittni Orton at Pugsley Award night

    Whittni Orton at Pugsley Award night