Linkletter wins 10k, seven advance to Nationals at NCAA West Prelims day one


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – All-American Rory Linkletter won the 10,000m to headline the BYU track and field team as seven athletes advanced to nationals at the first day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Sacramento, California, on Thursday.

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"What you want on this first day is for athletes to both advance to the quarterfinal events and punch tickets to the national meet," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "To have those six guys come through in the 10,000m was a real highlight to the first night of the NCAA West Prelims."

Linkletter clocked a time of 28:59.43 to finish first in the men’s 10,000m for the second year in a row and advance to the 2019 NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, June 5-8. Overall, six Cougars placed in the top 12 to qualify for nationals and set an NCAA record of the most men advancing in one event. All-Americans Connor McMillan (29:00.49) and Conner Mantz (29:00.50) placed fourth and fifth respectively. Clayton Young (29:00.77) finished eighth, Dallin Farnsworth (29:01.08) placed 10th and Connor Weaver took 11th with a time of 29:02.15. 

"I was hopeful that we could go for the NCAA record in advancing five or more men in one event," Eyestone said. "Then to get six surpassed my expectations."

All-American Andrea Stapleton-Johnson was the first Cougar of the day to punch a ticket to the NCAA Track and Field Championships after competing in the women’s high jump. She cleared 1.80m (5-10.75) and placed fifth overall to advance to nationals for the third year in a row. Stapleton-Johnson currently holds the BYU outdoor women’s high jump record and the No. 1 mark in the NCAA.

"When you have that No. 1 target on your back, it can be tough," Eyestone said. "Andrea was calm and collected going in to get the job done. Qualifying early on gave a good start for how the rest of the meet was going to go.

Several Cougars advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective events at regionals putting themselves in position to qualify for the NCAA Championships on Friday or Saturday.

All-American Brenna Porter took fifth overall in the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 57.99 to advance to the quarterfinal on Friday at 7 p.m. (PDT). In the men’s 400m hurdles, Colten Yardley clocked a personal-best 51.38 to qualify for Friday’s quarterfinal at 7:15 p.m.

Three Cougars advanced to the women’s 1500m quarterfinals after top-five finishes in their respective heats. All-American Whittni Orton won her heat with a time of 4:16.69. Olivia Hoj (4:18.40) placed 11th overall and Kate Hunter ran a career-best 4:18.91 to advance. To earn his spot in the next round of the men’s 1500m, Talem Franco clocked a time of 3:44.67. The women’s quarterfinal will start Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s quarterfinal.

Michael Bluth raced a personal-best 46.30 in the men’s 400m to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal at 5:45 p.m. In the women’s 800m, Anna Camp-Bennett (2:05.74) finished second overall and Lauren Ellsworth (2:07.30) won her heat as both Cougars secured spots in the quarterfinal on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

"Our athletes did a great job and were well prepared by their coaches," Eyestone said. "Not only were they advancing, but setting personal bests."

The West Preliminaries will continue tomorrow as the Cougars compete in the men’s javelin, discus, 400m, 400m hurdles, 200m and 3000m steeplechase, along with the women’s pole vault, 800m, 400m hurdles, 200m and 3000m steeplechase.

The meet will be live streamed on FloTrack and live updates will be available on the BYU track and field team’s Twitter account ( @BYUTFXC) and Instagram story. Heat sheets, the meet schedule and live stats can be found on

Thursday's Results, May 23

EventAthleteMarkFinishNext Up
Hammer (M)Jacob Foutz61.11m/200-6
27thDid not qualify (DNQ)
Javelin (W)Sydnie Martindale43.43m/142-633rdDNQ
Javelin (W)Payge Cuthbertson40.48m/132-1045thDNQ
High Jump (W)Andrea Stapleton-Johnson1.80m/5-10.755thFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
High Jump (W)Lindsay Yetter-ShirleyNHDNPDNQ
400m Hurdles (W)Brenna Porter57.995thQuarterfinal on Friday, May 24 @ 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
400m Hurdles (W)Kaitlyn Gunnerson-Burrup59.7124thDNQ
400m Hurdles (M)Colten Yardley51.3822ndQuarterfinal on Friday, May 24 @ 7:15 p.m. (PDT)
Pole Vault (M)Jameson Shirley4.96m/16-3.2533rdDNQ
1500m (W)Whittni Orton4:16.694thQuarterfinal on Saturday, May 25 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
1500m (W)Olivia Hoj4:18.4011thQuarterfinal on Saturday, May 25 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
1500m (W)Kate Hunter4:18.9113thQuarterfinal on Saturday, May 25 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
1500m (W)Alissa Fielding4:29.0239thDNQ
1500m (W)Madey Brooks-Dickson4:34.3146thDNQ
1500m (M)Talem Franco3:44.674thQuarterfinal on Saturday, May 25 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
1500m (M)Marcus Dickson3:45.4217thDNQ
100m (W)Jaslyn Gardner11.8840thDNQ
400m (M)Michael Bluth46.307thQuarterfinal on Friday, May 24 @ 5:45 p.m. (PDT)
800m (W)Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes2:07.3011thQuarterfinal on Friday, May 24 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
800m (W)Anna Camp-Bennett2:05.742ndQuarterfinal on Friday, May 24 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
800m (W)Karina Haymore2:09.3736thDNQ
10,000m (M)Connor McMillan29:00.494th

Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)

10,000m (M)Rory Linkletter28.59.431stFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M)Conner Mantz29:00.505thFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M)Clayton Young29:00.778thFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M)Danny Carney29:23.1719thDNQ
10,000m (M)Dallin Farnsworth29:01.0810thFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M)Michael Ottesen29:31.5923rdDNQ
10,000m (M)Connor Weaver29:02.1511thFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M)Brayden McLelland30:12.7341stDNQ