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Jack Urquhart | Posted: 26 Feb 2021 | Updated: 26 Feb 2021

BYU shows off distance strength at Mt. SAC Relays

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WALNUT, California – All-American athletes Shea Martinez and Jason Witt ran personal bests as BYU competed in the Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) Relays this weekend.

“This weekend was a sign of some of the good things going on with BYU track and field,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “As forecasted, this was a phenomenal race for some of our middle-distance and distance runners.”

Full results

Already owning nation's seventh-best 800-meter time coming into the race, Martinez came in at 2:04.35—good for fifth in the nation this season.

“That was a particularly gutsy race for her,” Eyestone said of Martinez. “She had some physically nagging stuff this week and took a couple days off, so to come out and run a time like that is great.”

Witt placed first among attached runners and third overall in the 5,000 meters with his time of 13:34.96. The senior's time is the fifth-best in school history and fourth-best in the nation this year.

“He ran a superlative race,” Eyestone said of Witt. “He raced against professionals and some of the best distance runners in the country and competed extremely well.”

In the same event, super freshman Connor McMillan ran a 13:59.91, which is now the 47th-best time in the nation.

“McMillan's time is one of the fastest by a true freshman ever at BYU,” Eyestone said.

The Cougars turned heads in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with James Tracy running a new personal best of 8:51.26 and Steve Flint running an 8:51.37 in his first steeplechase of the season. Tracy's and Flint's times are now the 19th- and 20th-best in the nation this year. On the women's side, Jennica Redd finished fifth in the same event with a time of 10:23.93.

BYU hosts its home meet, the Robison Invitational, next week starting Wednesday. The schedule of events and details for the meet can be found on the home meet page of byucougars.com.

 

 
nhenderson | Posted: 26 Feb 2021 | Updated: 26 Feb 2021

BYU hopes for more qualifiers at Mt. SAC Relays

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PROVO, Utah – BYU track and field will compete in another national meet this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays hosted by Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California.

“The Mt. SAC meet is one of the premier meets in the country, particularly for the distance events and the pole vault,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “Our athletes are excited for the opportunity of running and jumping season best marks and continuing to qualify for the first round of nationals.”

The Mt. SAC Relays will begin Thursday at 6 p.m. PDT and run through Saturday. Live results for the meet can be found on the men's track and field schedule page.

Athletes to watch

Jason Witt

Witt is making his outdoor season debut after placing fourth overall in the 5000 meters at the 2015 NCAA Indoor National Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Witt was also named a 2015 NCAA Indoor All-American for his fourth-place performance.

Steve Flint

Flint currently holds the nation’s 13th-fastest time in the 5000 meters and the fastest by a BYU runner this season. This weekend he'll run in the 3000-meter steeplechase, his strongest event.

Shea Martinez

 

Martinez is in a tie for the sixth-fastest 800-meter time in the nation this season and will be tested by a competitive field in both the 800 meters and 1500 meters this weekend. Martinez placed seventh overall at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships and was named a 2015 NCAA Indoor All-American.

Kelsey Brown-Gilbert

Brown-Gilbert currently holds the nation’s 18th-fastest time in the 800 meters. Having already secured a spot at the West Regionals, Brown-Gilbert hopes to continue her steady improvement and climb higher in the national rankings.