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Braden Taylor | Posted: 6 Feb 2021 | Updated: 5 Mar 2021
Braden Taylor

McWhorter Breaks School Record in Pole Vault

Zach McWhorter School Record - Graphic

PROVO, Utah – Sophomore All-American Zach McWhorter cleared 5.76m/18-10.75 to set a new BYU indoor record in the pole vault on Saturday at the BYU Cougar Indoor Invite II.

Final Results
Video of Zach McWhorter's 5.76m/18-10.75 Clearance

McWhorter initially broke the school record with a vault of 5.71m/18-8.75 before clearing the bar 5 centimeters higher. The previous school record of 5.70m/18-8.25 was set in 2006 by the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault Champion, Robison Pratt. McWhorter was previously No. 2 on the BYU Top 10 board with a mark of 5.61m/18-4.75, set during the 2020 season.

Clearing 5.76m/18-10.75 automatically qualifies McWhorter for the U.S. Olympic Trials. The mark also currently ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this season.

Sophomore Easton Bianchi and senior Halley Folsom Walker both moved up the BYU Top 10 board for the second time this season. Bianchi clocked a 6.68 in the men’s 60m dash to tie for the sixth-fastest time in school history while Folsom Walker scored the ninth-most points in the pentathlon with 3,864. Folsom Walker’s point total currently ranks No. 11 in the NCAA while Bianchi’s time is No. 19 in the nation.

Junior Caleb Witsken also had a career day in the men’s pole vault, clearing a personal-best 5.30m/17-4.5 to finish second. His mark is currently No. 13 in the NCAA so far this season.

Sophomore Cierra Tidwell-Allphin won the women’s high jump with a career-best 1.77m, the 23rd-best jump in the country this year. In the men’s high jump, freshman Nathan Kay jumped a season-best 2.06m/6-9 to take second.

Four Cougars recorded career-best times in the women’s 400m final. Senior Brinn Jensen won the event with a time of 55.91 while junior Kayla Perry (56.29), sophomore Anna Hart (57.56) and freshman Layne Bolli (57.88) went 3-5 while earning personal records.

In the women’s pole vault, freshman Hannah Richardson tied her personal record of 3.95m/12-11.5 to take first place. Junior Isabel Neal placed second (3.80m/12-5.5) while senior Charlotte Read and freshman Hannah Stetler each had career-best marks of 3.80m/12-5.5 to finish 3-4, respectively.

Junior Conner Kennedy won the men’s long jump with a distance of 7.27m/23-10.25 while freshman Taye Raymond had a season-best 5.91m/19-4.75 to take second in the women’s long jump.

The Cougars swept the top three spots in the women’s shot put. Freshman Gretchen Hoesktre won the event with a mark of 14.00m/45-11.25, the best toss of her career. Senior Sierra Freeland and sophomore Jessica Thompson finished 2-3 with marks of 13.65m/44-9.5 and 13.42m/44-0.5, respectively.

Junior Sable Lohmeier El-Bakri won both the women’s discus (48.90/160-5) and weight throw (16.82m/55-2.25). Junior Brandon Anderton threw a personal-best 17.27m/56-8 to win the men’s weight throw.

Freshman Meri Dunford took first place in the mile with a personal-best 5:02.93 while junior Madi Moffitt also finished with a career time of 5:04.40 to place third overall.

Sophomore Jared Davis clocked a new personal record of 21.95 in the men’s 200m final to finish second while Andrew Stuart ran a season-best 22.01 to place third.

The Cougars continue their indoor season at the UW Invitational and Texas Tech Shootout Feb. 12-13. Details for these meets can be found on the track and field schedule pages prior to the first day of competition.


Braden Taylor | Posted: 3 Feb 2021 | Updated: 7 Feb 2021
Braden Taylor

Cougars Return Home for BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational II

BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational II - Graphic

PROVO, Utah – BYU track and field will host the BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational II Feb. 4-6, at the Smith Fieldhouse.

Meet Information

The Cougars will host their second home meet of the season after competing at the UW Preview and Weber State Invitational last weekend. Athletes from BYU, Northwest Nazarene, Southern Utah, UNLV, Utah Valley, Weber State and Westminster are expected to compete.

The BYU women’s team jumped 16 spots in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s national rankings to No. 8 while the men’s team was rated No. 17.

The women’s squad currently has 10 athletes and a relay squad that rank in the top 25 in the NCAA. The distance medley relay team ran a 11:03.63 at the UW Preview, the fastest time in the nation. Senior All-American Courtney Wayment (4:35.80) and senior Olivia Hoj Simister (4:37.77) rank No. 2 and No. 4 in the women’s mile, respectively.

Senior Kate Hunter (11th, 4:41.18), freshman Simone Plourde (13th, 4:42.00) and junior Heather Hanson (16th, 4:42.85) also rank in the top 25 in the women’s mile.

Junior Claire Seymour is 13th in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:07.15. Jaslyn Gardner is 16th in the 60m dash (7.31*) and Aubrey Frentheway is 16th in the 3000m (9:36.20*).

In the women’s field events, Halley Folsom Walker is No. 17 in the pentathlon with 3821 points and Cierra Tidwell is 24th in the high jump with a clearance of 1.75m/5-8.75.

Six members of the men’s squad currently rank in the top 25 in the NCAA. Sophomore All-American Zach McWhorter’s clearance of 5.56m/18-2.75 is the third-best mark in the nation. Junior All-American Conner Mantz ranks ninth in the 3000m with a time of 7:58.03*.

Freshman Aidan Troutner and junior All-American Brandon Garnica also are among the top 3000m runners. Troutner is No. 11 with a time of 8:10.19* and Garnica is No. 23 with a time of 8:14.32*.

Juniors Caleb Witsken (5423 points) and Dallin Vorkink (5375 points) are 13th and 15th in the heptathlon, respectively. Witsken’s mark of 5.22m/17-1.5 in the pole vault is the 19th best in the country.

*Without altitude conversion