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Braden Taylor | Posted: 21 Mar 2021 | Updated: 17 Apr 2021
Braden Taylor

Cougars secure all-time marks at UNLV Invitational

Rickey Fantroy Jr. - top 10 graphic
Gretchen Hoesktre - top 10 graphic Halley Folsom Walker - top 10 graphic Libby Parkinson - top 10 graphic

LAS VEGAS – Four BYU track and field athletes earned spots on the BYU Top 10 board at the UNLV Invitational this weekend.

Competing in his first meet since the 2020 indoor season, Rickey Fantroy Jr. had a career season debut in the men’s triple jump. The senior won the event with a jump of 16.37m/53-8.5 and moved up to No. 4 on the BYU all-time list.

Freshman Gretchen Hoesktre finished with a toss of 15.17m/49-9.25 in the women’s shot put, marking the fourth-best mark in BYU history. Hoesktre came back later on Saturday to take second place in the discus with a throw of 48.43m/158-11.

One week after taking 15th in the pentathlon at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships, All-American Halley Folsom Walker opened her outdoor season recording the ninth-best heptathlon score in school history. The senior earned personal records in the 100m hurdles (14.64), 200m (26.00) and Javelin (37.05m/121-7) to finish with a career-best 5,271 points.

Sophomore Libby Parkinson recorded the tenth-best javelin throw all-time at BYU with a toss of 47.71m/156-6. The performance marks the third BYU javelin thrower to move up the BYU Top 10 list in the first two weeks of the season.

Dallin Vorkink won the men’s decathlon with a career-best 7,316 points. The junior recorded personal records in the long jump (6.56m/21-6.25), 400m (51.88), discus (40.00m/131-3), javelin (61.66m/202-3) and 1500m (4:42.09).

Freshman Jacob Veres cleared 2.14m/7-0.25 to win the men’s high jump while Cierra Tidwell-Allphin took second place in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.72m/5-7.75.

Freshman Camilla Andam won the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.78m/18-11.75. In the men’s long jump, junior Conner Kennedy placed third with a jump of 7.38m/24-2.5.

Freshman Dallin Shurts took second place in his collegiate debut with a toss of 50.38m/165-3 to take second in the men’s discus.

Junior Jaslyn Garnder clocked an 11.46 in the 100m before doubling back to run a 23.79 in the 200m. All-American Michael Bluth ran a 21.00 to take third place in the men’s 200m while freshman Dallin Draper placed fifth with a time of 21.43.

Freshman Adaobi Tabugbo ran a 13.91 and junior Kayla Perry ran a 14.07 to go 3-4 in the women’s 100m hurdles. In the men’s 110m hurdles, senior Kyle Strauss (14.53), freshman Corey Johnson (14.55) and sophomore Jared Davis (14.57) finished 2-4 for the Cougars.

Sophomore All-American Zach McWhorter took first place in the men’s pole vault (5.40m/17-8.5) to open his outdoor season following his national runner-up performance at the indoor championships last week. In the women's pole vault, freshman Hannah Richardson and junior Isabel Neal went 1-2, both clearing 3.66m/12-0.

Final Results

The Cougars will compete next March 25-27 at the Aztec Invitational and Texas Relays. The Aztec Inviational will be held at the SDSU Sports Deck in San Diego while the Texas Relays will be at the Mike A. Myers Track Stadium in Austin, Texas.


Braden Taylor | Posted: 18 Mar 2021 | Updated: 21 Mar 2021
Braden Taylor

Cougars to compete at UNLV Invitational

Pole Vault Pit - 2019 NCAA West Prelims

PROVO, Utah – The BYU track and field team will fully transition to the 2021 outdoor season at the UNLV Invitational held at the Myron Partridge Stadium March 18-20.

Meet Information

The Cougars are coming off one of the most successful weeks in program history with the program capturing four national titles across indoor track and field and cross country.

The women’s track and field team finished seventh overall at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships behind national titles from the distance medley relay team and Courtney Wayment in the 3000m. The men’s team tied for 16th with national runner-up Zach McWhorter and All-American Caleb Witsken scoring 11 points in the pole vault.

The women’s cross country team were crowned national champions after a dominant performance at the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday. Conner Mantz’s incredible performance at the championship meet led him to a 22-second victory and the third men’s cross country individual national title in program history.

A squad of javelin throwers officially opened up the outdoor season for BYU two weeks ago, competing in the UNLV Spring Opener at the Myron Partridge Stadium. Both Cameron Bates and All-American Ashton Riner recorded personal records and improved their positions on the BYU Top 10 list. The rest of the team will start the outdoor season this weekend.