Cougars add 3 more national qualifiers on second day of NCAA West Prelims


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – BYU track and field added three more national qualifiers to increase their total to 10 on Friday at the NCAA Track and Field Prelims.

"It was a day of near misses and a day of great completions," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "We added a few national qualifiers, but also had several athletes just miss out."

Matt Owens and Clayson Shumway punched their tickets to compete in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2018 NCAA Track and Field Championships while also moving up on BYU’s all-time record board. Owens finished second in the steeplechase standings with a personal-best 8:36.73 for the No. 6 time in BYU history. Shumway ran a career-best 8:36.76 for the third-best time and No. 7 in school history.

Steeplechasers Jacob Heslington and Daniel Carney were the top-two athletes left out of qualifying position after failing to secure a bid to nationals. Heslington finished 11th overall (8:44.46) but athletes below him finished in the top three of their heat to earn the automatic qualifying position.

After easily winning her heat in the first round of the 400m hurdles on Thursday, Brenna Porter clocked a career-best 57.18 to secure her spot in the NCAA Championships. Porter's time improves her hold on the No. 2 time in BYU history.

Alyssa Dalton (13.36) finished third in her heat to advance to Saturday’s 100m hurdles quarterfinal (7:20 p.m. PDT). Teammate Nicole Lord tripped up on a hurdle early on in her heat and ended up finishing with a 13.84 to miss qualification.

Derek Sorensen qualified for the 200m quarterfinal (Saturday at 7:35 p.m. PDT) by 0.002 seconds with an official time of 21.274. Clark Brown ran a 21.34 in the 200m to miss qualifying for the quarterfinal by three spots. Abraham Alvarado missed qualifying for nationals by 0.12 seconds in the 800m after clocking a 1:49.00 in the quarterfinal.

Olivia Hoj ran a career-best 10:05.45 in the 3000m steeplechase and barely missed advancing to the NCAA Championships by two spots. Maddie Cannon ran a 10:09.78 to finish eighth in her heat while Emma Gee and Sara Musselman both earned personal-bests with times of 10:19.95 and 10:23.26, respectively.

BYU will wrap up competition at the NCAA West Prelims tomorrow with athletes competing in the men’s shot put, 1500m, 200m, and 5000m as well as the women’s hammer, 1500m, 100m hurdles, 5000m and 4x400m.

Competition will continue to be streamed on and live updates will be posted on the BYU track and field team’s Twitter account @BYUTFXC. Heat sheets, the meet schedule and live stats can be found on

Friday's Results:

Sierra HansenPole VaultNHNHDNQ
Alyssa Dalton100m hurdles13.3613thQuarterfinal - Sat. @ 7:20 p.m. (PDT)
Nicole Lord100m hurdles13.8433rdDNQ
Brenna Porter400m hurdles57.183rdSemifinal in Eugene, OR June 6-9
Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush200m24.3040thDNQ
Olivia Hoj3000m Steeplechase10:05.4514thDNQ
Maddie Cannon3000m Steeplechase10:09.7818thDNQ
Emma Gee 3000m Steeplechase10:19.9532ndDNQ
Sara Musselman3000m Steeplechase10:23.2633rdDNQ
Seth KnowltonDiscus51.87m27thDNQ
Abraham Alvarado800m1:49.0014thDNQ
Scott Mecham400m hurdles50.8914thDNQ
Max Scheible400m hurdles51.1417thDNQ
Derek Sorensen200m 21.2823rdQuarterfinal - Sat. @ 7:35 p.m.
Clark Brown200m21.3427thDNQ
Matt Owens 3000m Steeplechase8:36.732ndFinal in Eugene, OR June 6-9
Clayson Shumway3000m Steeplechase8:36.763rdFinal in Eugene, OR June 6-9
Jacob Heslington3000m Steeplechase8:44.4611thDNQ
Daniel Carney3000m Steeplechase8:46.1514thDNQ
Porter Reddish3000m Steeplechase8:50.2821stDNQ
Garrett Marsing3000m Steeplechase8:57.2327thDNQ