Total of 15 BYU track and field athletes advance to nationals


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AUSTIN, Texas — A total of 15 Cougars qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships in 17 entries after the three-day 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminaries concluded Saturday.

“I’m really proud of the way our student-athletes rose to the occasion,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “As a combined program, this is the most men and women we’ve had qualify for nationals in the four years I’ve been head coach.”

Tatenda Tsumba and Clayton Young both punched their second tickets to nationals on Saturday. Tsumba ran the 100m in 10.16 seconds for ninth place on Friday before also advancing in the 200m with a time of 20:42. Young clocked in a 14:14.47 in the 5000m after qualifying in the 10,000m (29:56.58) on Thursday.

True freshman Whittni Orton as well as Chase Horrocks qualified in the 1500m on Saturday after recording times of 4:21.68 and 4:00.24, respectively. Eyestone described Horrock’s race as “smart and tactical.”

“Whittni ran fearless in the faster of the two heats,” Eyestone said. “She was in ninth place but didn’t give up. She continued to fight, fight, fight all the way around.”

Prior to Saturday, 13 Cougars punched their tickets earlier in West Prelim competition or during the regular season.

On Friday, 10 Cougars qualified for nationals, including three men and one woman in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. 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.

Korey Smith and Max Scheible punched their tickets in the 400m-hurdle as well. Smith recorded a 50.69 while Scheible clocked in a personal-best 50.77 seconds. Zachary Stetler qualified in the shot put with a throw of 18.20m/59-8.5 for 10th place. 

Shea Collinsworth advanced to nationals in the 800m with a 2:05.09. Andrea Stapleton finished fifth overall in the high jump after a jump of 1.79m/ 5-10.5.

Along with Young, Rory Linkletter moved on in the 10,000m on Thursday, posting a 29:51.63.

Jackson Walker automatically qualified for nationals in the decathlon after earning 7,483 points in BYU’s Last Chance Meet May 12-13.

The qualifying athletes will compete in Eugene, Oregon, beginning on Wednesday, June 7, through Saturday, June 10.

Links of Note:

Overall Results:

Whittni Orton
1500m4:21.687thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Heidi Fuhriman
1500m4:33.9120thDNQ (Did not qualify)
Chloe Hadley
Triple Jump40'-11"
ShyAndrea Jackson
Triple Jump38'-2.75"
Shea Collinsworth
800m2:05.097thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Kristi Rush-Briggs
3000m steeplechase10:18.3911thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Erica Birk-Jarvis
3000m steeplechase10:42.1722ndDNQ
Courtney Wayment
3000m steeplechase10:42.8623rdDNQ
Sadie Nielson 
Andrea Stapleton
High Jump5'-10.5"
5thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Lindsay Yetter
High Jump5'-8.5"
Ellyana Long
High Jump5'-6.5"
Brenna Porter
400m hurdles1:08.1342ndDNQ
Ashleigh Warner
Anna Camp
Madelyn Brooks
Alice Jensen
Yesenia Silva
Laura Young
10,000m DNF 
Nicole Naatjes-Derenthal
Pole Vault3.95m38thDNQ
Kylee Trageser
Pole Vault3.80m39thDNQ
Payge Cuthbertson
Chase Horrocks
1500m4:00.2412thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Tatenda Tsumba
200m20.4210thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Clayton Young
5000m14:14.472ndSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Mitchell Briggs
Daniel Carney
Clark Brown,
Tatenda Tsumba
Drew Tingey,
Derek Lord
4x100 relay39.7013thDNQ
Drew Tingey,
Korey Smith,
Scott Mecham,
Max Scheible
4x400 relay3:08.5018thDNQ
Zachary Stetler
Rickey Fantroy
Triple Jump48'-9"
Tatenda Tsumba
100m10.169thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Clark Brown 
Clark Brown 
Korey Smith 
400m hurdles50.6910thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Max Scheible
400m hurdles50.7711thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Scott Mecham
400m hurdles52.0923rdDNQ
Daniel Carney
3000m steeplechase8:50.965thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Jacob Heslington
3000m steeplechase8:52.098thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Mitchell Briggs
3000m steeplechase9:55.7211thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Clayson Shumway
3000m steeplechase8:57.7515thDNQ
Porter Reddish
3000m steeplechase9:47.7845thDNQ
Jameson Shirley
Pole Vault NHNH = no height (did not clear bar in three tries)
Zachary Stetler
Shot Put59'-8.50"
10thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Dennis ChristensenShot Put FF = fouled all attempts
Kramer Morton
Talem Franco
Rory Linkletter
10,000m29:51.632ndSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Clayton Young10,000m29:56.587thSemifinals in Eugene, OR
June 7-10
Jonathan Harper 
Jacob Barnes
Kraymer Eppich
Blake Steeves
Long Jump7.53m24thDNQ