Qualifying marks and PRs highlight Stanford Invitational
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Multiple regional qualifying finishes and personal records highlighted competition at the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Cobb Track and Angell Field.
“This was probably one of the better meets in BYU history,” head coach Ed Eyestone said. “There was awesomeness abounding on all fronts here in Palo Alto. I think the men came away with about a dozen regional qualifiers which surpassed our expectations. On the women’s side, I think they achieved about that many as well so we’re feeling really good here.”
Matt Owens finished second in the 3k steeplechase with a time of 8:39.41. This is currently the second fastest time in the country and he beat his previous personal record by about 30 seconds. It also earned him the No. 10 mark on the BYU all-time performers list. This was Owens’ first time competing in BYU uniform.
Daniel Carney earned a PR with his third place finish in the 3k steeplechase (8:42.17). Jacob Heslington followed close behind in fifth at 8:43.41. They both earned strong regional marks. Alex Hedquist finished fifth in an earlier heat and most likely earned a qualifying regional mark as well (8:59.41).
Garrett Marsing finished first in the 3k steeplechase at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival with a time of 8:58.55. This will most likely earn him a qualifying mark as well.
Clayton Young had a No. 4 all-time BYU finish in the 10000m which earned him a qualifying mark (28:27.48). Dallin Farnsworth returned to the track for the first time in two years due to multiple injuries. He earned a qualifying mark in the 10000m with his time of 29:17.84.
Abraham Alvarado finished with the No. 7 all-time BYU record and a qualifying mark in the 1500m race (3:41.17).
Ashleigh Warner finished first in the 5000m with a time of 16:06.90 to secure No. 9 all-time in BYU history. Warner typically competes in middle-distance races so this was her debut in the 5000m.
Maddie Cannon earned a personal best and regional qualifying mark in the 3k steeplechase (10:12.76).
Madelyn Dickson finished first in the 1500m (4:19.56) to earn a regional qualifying mark and personal best. Anna Camp finished sixth with a new PR at 4:21.96.
A small group of athletes competed at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.
A full list of results from the Stanford Invitational can be found here.
A full list of results from the San Francisco State Distance Carnival can be found here.
The Cougars head to Eugene Oregon to compete in the Pepsi Team Challenge on April 7.
Cougars to compete at Texas Relays, Stanford Invitational
PROVO, Utah – BYU track and field will split and compete in four different track meets this week with the majority of the Cougars competing at the Texas Relays and the Stanford Invitational.
“We will divide and conquer,” said head coach Ed Eyestone. “No one really has an excuse not to be competing this week. We’re looking forward to having some good weather conditions, good competition and some regional qualifying marks.”
BYU track and field will have athletes competing in the Texas Relays, Stanford Invitational, San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the UVU Collegiate Invite.
BYU’s sprinters and multi-event athletes will compete in the Texas Relays. Kevin Nielsen started off competition in the men’s decathlon for the Cougars on Wednesday, March 28, and competition will wrap up on Saturday, March 31.
The Stanford Invitational will feature BYU distance and middle distance runners that qualified for the meet. A large number of the Cougar runners will compete on Friday, March 30, and the meet will finish on Saturday, March 31. Distance runners that did not qualify for the Stanford Invitational will run in the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on the same days.
BYU’s field athletes will compete in the UVU Collegiate Invite in a one-day meet on Friday, March 30. The Cougars already have a few potential regional qualifiers in the field events with Jefferson Jarvis in the discus as well as Ashton Riner and Payge Cuthbertson in the javelin.
“This weekend we should add more regional qualifiers,” Eyestone said. “I think we’re going to get another six or seven regional marks from the men’s team and the women’s team.”
Eyestone is especially excited for the outdoor season debut of the men’s distance runners at Stanford and believes that they should contribute to the number of BYU regional qualifiers this season.
Daniel Carney will make his outdoor season debut in the 3000m steeplechase and will look to return to the NCAA Championships after finishing 17th in the event at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Teammate Clayson Shumway has already run a time in the 3000m steeplechase that should qualify him for regionals and will instead compete in the 5000m this weekend.
Conner Mantz and Clayton Young will both debut in the 10,000m for the Cougars. Young will also look to return to the NCAA Championships after finishing 17th in the 10,000m and 10th in the 5000m at the 2017 NCAA Championships.
FloTrack.com will be streaming the Texas Relays, Stanford Invitational and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. The Longhorn Network will also be streaming the Texas Relays. Follow BYU track and field on Twitter @BYUTFXC to keep up on all of the action.
For the Texas Relays live stats, click here.
For the Stanford Invitational live stats, click here.
For the UVU Collegiate Invitational live stats, click here.
For more meet information and live stats for the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, click here.