AUSTIN, Texas — Ten additional BYU track and field athletes punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships in the second day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary on Friday.
“We’re really pleased with how everyone came out and did their very best today,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “In many cases, their best allowed them to punch the ticket to Eugene.”
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, four Cougars advanced to nationals from both the men’s and women’s sides. Of BYU's five men, the most of any school, three qualified. Daniel Carney finished in fifth (8:50.96), Jacob Heslington in eighth (8:52.09) and Mitchell Briggs in 11th (8:55.72). Kristi Rush-Briggs ran it in 10:18.39 and finished in ninth.
"Kristi ran a really strong race and had a great finish," Eyestone said. "Late in the race, she was out of the top-three but she got on her horse and rode it home to secure the second-place autoqualifying spot."
"We are really happy with our 400-meter crew," Eyestone said. "They knew they had to scrap for every tenth of a second they could."
A total of 13 BYU track and field athletes have qualified for the NCAA Championships so far. Jackson Walker automatically qualified for nationals in the decathlon after earning 7,483 points in BYU’s Last Chance Meet May 12-13.
The West Preliminary concludes tomorrow as BYU athletes compete in the women’s 1500m and triple jump, as well as the men’s 200m, 1500m, 5000m, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay, discus and triple jump. NCAA Championships will then be held June 7 through 10 in Eugene, Oregon.
Links of Note:
- Day One Recap
- Men’s heats sheets and athlete bib numbers
- Women’s heats sheets and athlete bib numbers
- Live results
- Live stream
- BYU Track and Field Twitter account (@BYUTFXC)- follow for meet updates and additional information
|Shea Collinsworth||800m||2:05.09||7th||Semifinals in Eugene, OR|
|Kristi Rush-Briggs||3000m steeplechase||10:18.39||11th||Semifinals in Eugene, OR|
|Erica Birk-Jarvis||3000m steeplechase||10:42.17||22nd||DNQ|
|Courtney Wayment||3000m steeplechase||10:42.86||23rd||DNQ|
|Sadie Nielson ||Discus||162'-5"|
|Andrea Stapleton||High Jump||5'-10.5"|
|5th||Semifinals in Eugene, OR|
|Lindsay Yetter||High Jump||5'-8.5"|
|Ellyana Long||High Jump||5'-6.5"|
|Tatenda Tsumba||100m||10.16||9th||Semifinals in Eugene, OR|
|Clark Brown ||100m||10.29||18th||DNQ|
|Tatenda Tsumba||200m||20.61||10th||Quarterfinals- Sat. 5/27 @ 7:50 p.m. CST|
|Clark Brown ||200m||21.17||33rd||DNQ|
|Korey Smith ||400m hurdles||50.69||10th||Semifinals in Eugene, OR|
|Max Scheible||400m hurdles||50.77||11th||Semifinals in Eugene, OR|
|Scott Mecham||400m hurdles||52.09||23rd||DNQ|
|Daniel Carney||3000m steeplechase||8:50.96||5th||Semifinals in Eugene, OR|
|Jacob Heslington||3000m steeplechase||8:52.09||8th||Semifinals in Eugene, OR|
|Mitchell Briggs||3000m steeplechase||9:55.72||11th||Semifinals in Eugene, OR|
|Clayson Shumway||3000m steeplechase||8:57.75||15th||DNQ|
|Porter Reddish||3000m steeplechase||9:47.78||45th||DNQ|
|Jameson Shirley||Pole Vault||NH||NH = no height (did not clear bar in three tries)|
|Zachary Stetler||Shot Put||59'-8.50"|
|10th||Semifinals in Eugene, OR|
|Dennis Christensen||Shot Put||F||F = fouled all attempts|