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Braden Taylor | Posted: 20 Feb 2021 | Updated: 13 Mar 2021
Braden Taylor

Pole vaulters climb BYU all-time list at BYU Cougar Invite

Caleb Witsken - 2020 Cougar Indoor Invite

PROVO, Utah – Three BYU pole vaulters cracked the BYU track and field top 10 board at the BYU Cougar Indoor Invite on Saturday.

Final Results

Junior Caleb Witsken cleared 5.52m/18-1.25, the fifth-best mark in school history, to take second place at the meet. Sophomore All-American Zach McWhorter won the event with a mark of 5.72m/18-9.25, nearly clearing 5.81m/19-0.5 in his final attempts. McWhorter currently ranks No. 2 in the NCAA (5.76m/18-10.75) and Witsken is now No. 6.

Freshman Hannah Richardson and junior Isabel Neal both moved up the BYU Top 10 list in the women’s pole vault. Richardson is now No. 8 with a clearance of 4.07m/13-4.25 while Isabel Neal is tied for No. 10 with a mark of 4.02m/13-2.25.

The Cougars went 1-4 in the women’s shot put with senior Sierra Freeland taking first place with a mark of 14.80m/48-6.75. Sophomore Jessica Thompson (13.70m/44-11.25), sophomore Gretchen Hoesktre (13.23m/43-4.75) and junior Bradina Anae (13.09m/42-11.25) went 2-3. In the men’s shot put, junior Austin Carter won the event with a toss of 16.14m/52-11.50.

Junior Sable Lohmeier El-Bakri took first place in the women’s weight throw with a season-best 17.16m/56-3.65. In the men’s weight throw, Brandon Anderton (17.06m/55-11.75) and Danny Bryant (16.88m/55-4.50) went 3-4 in the event.

Sophomore Annalise Hart won the women’s triple jump with a season-best 11.69m/38-4.25 while freshman Taye Raymond placed first in the women’s long jump with a distance of 5.68m/18-7.50. Junior Conner Kennedy took first in the men’s long jump with a mark of 6.82m/22-4.50.

Sophomore Cierra Tidwell-Allphin cleared 1.75m/5-9 to win the women’s high jump while sophomore Jacob Veres finished with a personal-best 2.08m/6-10 in the men’s high jump.

In the men’s 400m, senior All-American Michael Bluth clocked a season-best 46.66 to win the event while freshman Ransom Allphin took second with a season-best 49.24. Senior Brinn Jensen and junior Kayla Perry both ran career-best times of 55.64 and 55.93, respectively, to go 1-2 in the women’s 400m.

Junior Jaslyn Gardner won the women’s 60m with a time of 7.36 and Raymond ran a season-best 7.75 to finish third. In the men’s 60m, junior Easton Bianchi and senior Colten Yardley went 1-2 in the final with times of 6.76 and 6.85, respectively.

BYU track and field will wrap up the indoor regular season next week at the Husky Classic. The meet will take place Feb. 25-27 at the Dempsey Indoor Track Arena in Seattle, Washington.


Braden Taylor | Posted: 18 Feb 2021 | Updated: 20 Feb 2021
Braden Taylor

Cougars to Host Final Home Meet of Indoor Season

BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational III - Graphic

PROVO, Utah – BYU track and field will host the BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational III, its final home meet of the 2021 indoor season, Feb. 18-20, at the Smith Fieldhouse.

Meet Information

The Cougars will host their third home meet of the season after competing at the UW Invitational and Texas Tech Shootout last week.

Both BYU teams rank in the top 10 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s national poll. The men’s team is currently No. 6 in the nation and the women’s team is ranked No. 8.

The men's team currently has nine athletes ranking in the top 25 in the NCAA this season in 11 events while the women's team has 10 athletes and a relay squad ranked in the top 25 in 13 events.

BYU Men's T&F Athletes in the NCAA Top 25

Rank Name Event Time/Mark
No. 1 Conner Mantz 5000m 13:28.00
No. 2  Casey Clinger 5000m 13:28.79
No. 2 Zach McWhorter Pole Vault 5.76m/18-10.75
No. 3 Brandon Garnica 5000m 13:29.16
No. 3 Conner Mantz 3000m 7:47.50*
No. 15 Caleb Witsken Pole Vault 5.32m/17-5.5
No. 16 Caleb Witsken Heptathlon 5423 points
No. 19 Dallin Vorkink Heptathlon 5375 points
No. 24 Elijah Armstrong 5000m 13:59.08
No. 24 Easton Bianchi 60m 6.70*
No. 25 Ethan Cannon 5000m 13:59.58

*With conversion

BYU Women's T&F Athletes in the NCAA Top 25

Rank Name Event Time/Mark
No. 1 Courtney Wayment 3000m 8:54.90
No. 2  Olivia Hoj Simister 3000m 8:56.91
No. 5 Relay Squad DMR 11:03.62
No. 7 Courtney Wayment Mile 4:35.80
No. 10 Olivia Hoj Simister Mile 4:37.77
No. 11 Halley Folsom Walker Pentathlon 3864 points
No. 12 Kate Hunter Mile 4:38.90
No. 16 Simone Plourde Mile 4:39.59
No. 18 Aubrey Frentheway 3000m 9:17.57
No. 20 Jaslyn Gardner 60m 7.33*
No. 20 Claire Seymour 800m 2:07.15
No. 22 Alena Ellsworth 800m 2:07.24
No. 25 Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes 800m 2:07.64

*With conversion