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Braden Taylor | Posted: 1 May 2021 | Updated: 24 May 2021
Braden Taylor

Cougars post all-time marks amid power outage at West Coast Relays

Talem Franco - BYU Top 10 Graphic
Courtney Wayment - BYU Top 10 Graphic Whittni Orton - BYU Top 10 Graphic Anna Camp-Bennett - BYU Top 10 Graphic Lucas Bons - BYU Top 10 Graphic Conner Mantz - BYU Top 10 Graphic Casey Clinger - BYU Top 10 Graphic Olivia Hoj Simister - BYU Top 10 Graphic Kate Hunter - BYU Top 10 Graphic Aubrey Frentheway - BYU Top 10 Graphic Sara Musselman - BYU Top 10 Graphic

CLOVIS, Calif. – All-Americans Whittni Orton and Courtney Wayment both broke school records in their respective events as BYU track and field had 11 athletes move up the program’s top 10 list at the West Coast Relays.

A power outage at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, California, delayed Friday’s distance events late into the night. While waiting for the power to come back on, cars were positioned around the track so that their headlights provided some light, and those attending the meet were asked to circle the fence around the track with their cell phone lights. The stadium lights came back on following the men’s 1500m invitational race.

After having the 3000m steeplechase invitational pushed back late into the night, Wayment put together one of the most historic performances in school and collegiate history. The two-time national champion completed the race in an NCAA-leading 9:31.37 to break the BYU record by more than 11 seconds (Erica Birk-Jarvis, 9:42.54, 2019). Only four women’s collegiate runners have run faster times than Wayment and her time marks the fastest steeplechase since 2016.

Orton claimed her fourth school record after recording a 4:09.31 in the 1500m invitational on Friday. The All-American’s time marks the third fastest in the NCAA this year. Orton broke Jamie Cottle’s record of 4:11.67, set in 2003, by more than two seconds.

Three other Cougars also ran all-time marks in the 1500m invitational. All-American Anna Camp-Bennett completed the race in 4:11.63, marking the second-fastest time in school history and the sixth-fastest time in the country. All-American Olivia Hoj Simister ran a 4:13.28 to move up to No. 5 on the BYU Top 10 list (No. 12 in the NCAA this year) and All-American Kate Hunter crossed in 4:14.53, marking the seventh-fastest time in program history.

Racing with the help of car headlights and cellphone flashlights, All-Americans Talem Franco, Lucas Bons, Conner Mantz and Casey Clinger all ran top-5 times in program history in the men’s 1500m invitational.

Franco ran a 3:37.55, marking the second-fastest time in BYU history and the sixth-fastest time in the nation this year. Bons finished the race in 3:37.68 for the third-fastest time in program history and Mantz ran a 3:37.96 for the fourth-best time on the BYU Top 10 board. Clinger rounded out the historic race with a 3:38.16, marking the fifth-fastest time in school history.

All-American Aubrey Frentheway completed the 5000m in 15:58.76, marking the seventh-fastest time in program history. In the steeplechase, All-American Sara Musselman ran a 10:00.61 to retain her No. 10 spot on the BYU all-time list.

Garrett Marsing (8:44.50), Matt Owens (8:46.11) and Adam Wood (8:47.23) finished 2-4 in the men’s steeplechase. In the men’s 5000m, Easton Allred (13:45.54), Michael Ottesen (13:53.52), Connor Weaver (13:53.52) and Aidan Troutner (14:02.85) all recorded personal records.

All-American pole vaulters Zach McWhorter and Caleb Witsken were set to compete Saturday night at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster before heavy rain caused the meet to be canceled.

Complete Results - West Coast Relays

The Cougars will return to action next week at the Weber State Invitational May 3-4 and the Oregon Twilight meet on Friday, May 7.


Braden Taylor | Posted: 29 Apr 2021 | Updated: 1 May 2021
Braden Taylor

Cougars set to compete at West Coast Relays, Texas A&M Alumni Muster

Brinn Jensen 2021 UVU Invite

PROVO, Utah – The BYU track and field team will compete at the Fresno State West Coast Relays on Friday, April 30 and the Texas A&M Alumni Muster on Saturday, May 1.

West Coast Relays

Texas A&M Alumni Muster

Members of the BYU distance, sprints, hurdles and jumps squads will compete on Friday at the West Coast Relays. The meet will be hosted in Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, California.

All-American pole vaulters Zach McWhorter and Caleb Witsken will be the only Cougars competing on Saturday at Texas A&M’s Alumni Muster. That meet will be hosted at E.B. Cushing Stadium in College Station, Texas.

The BYU men moved back up to No. 2 in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s national ratings. The BYU women remained in the top 25, entering the week at No. 22.

The BYU men’s team currently has the top-ranked 1500m squad, steeplechase squad and 5000m squad according to the USTFCCCA Event Squad Rankings (BYU men’s track and field performance list). The BYU women’s team currently has the top 10,000m squad according to the women’s event squad rankings (BYU women’s track and field performance list).