Cougars secure 21 entries to NCAA Championships


SACRAMENTO – BYU track and field totaled 21 national qualifiers as the Cougars wrapped up competition at the NCAA West Preliminaries on Saturday.

"Perfect ending to what was really a perfect meet," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "Rickey Fantroy Jr. coming through in the triple jump really shows that people rise up when given the opportunity. The coaches did a great job getting the athletes ready for this meet. It's the best first round that we've come to and it bodes well for the NCAA Championships."

Rickey Fantroy Jr. jumped a career-best 15.55m/51-0.25 to obtain the final qualifying spot in the triple jump. The junior's mark moves him onto the school record board to No. 8 all-time at BYU.

Whittni Orton will make her third-straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 1500m. The All-American earned an automatic qualifying bid as well as a career-best 4:13.58 after taking second in her heat. Orton's new personal record improves her hold on the fourth-best 1500m time in BYU history. Kate Hunter ran a personal-best 4:18.14 and Olivia Hoj finished in 4:21.64 in the same heat as Orton.

A year after missing the 2018 NCAA Championships by one qualifying spot, Talem Franco secured his spot to the 2019 NCAA Championships with a personal-record 3:42.15 in the 1500m quarterfinal. The junior also improved his position as No. 9 all-time at BYU in the 1500m.

Two days after qualifying for the 10,000m, Conner Mantz and Clayton Young both qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 5000m. Mantz (13:48.69) and Young (14:07.98) both automatically qualified after finishing in the top five in their respective heats.

The BYU men's 4x400m relay team were the last Cougars to punch tickets to Nationals. The squad clocked a season-best 3:06.67 to earn the bid to the NCAA Championships. The squad consisted of Abram Schaap, Blake Ellis, Colten Yardley and Michael Bluth.

Jefferson Jarvis finished up his BYU career with a solid performance in the shot put. The senior's first toss of the day ended up being his best with a mark of 18.22m/59-9.

The women's 4x100m relay team matched its season best with a time of 44.95. The team consisted of Haley Rogers, Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush, Lauren Rawlinson and Jaslyn Gardner.

The Cougars that qualified will travel to Austin, Texas, for the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 5-8. General information for that meet can be found on Final results from the NCAA West Prelims can be found here. Recaps for the first and second days of competition can be found here.

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 - See Friday's Results
400m Hurdles (W)Kaitlyn Gunnerson-Burrup59.7124thDNQ
400m Hurdles (M)Colten Yardley51.3822ndQuarterfinal - See Friday's Results
Pole Vault (M)Jameson Shirley4.96m/16-3.2533rdDNQ
1500m (W)Whittni Orton4:16.694thQuarterfinal - See Saturday's Results
1500m (W)Olivia Hoj4:18.4011thQuarterfinal - See Saturday's Results
1500m (W)Kate Hunter4:18.9113thQuarterfinal - See Saturday's Results
1500m (W)Alissa Fielding4:29.0239thDNQ
1500m (W)Madey Brooks-Dickson4:34.3146thDNQ
1500m (M)Talem Franco3:44.674thQuarterfinal - See Saturday's Results
1500m (M)Marcus Dickson3:45.4217thDNQ
100m (W)Jaslyn Gardner11.8840thDNQ
400m (M)Michael Bluth46.307thQuarterfinal - See Friday's Results
800m (W)Anna Camp-Bennett2:05.742ndQuarterfinal - See Friday's Results
800m (W)Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes2:07.3011thQuarterfinal - See Friday's Results
800m (W)Karina Haymore2:09.3736thDNQ
10,000m (M)Rory Linkletter28:59.431stFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M)Connor McMillan29:00.494th

Final 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)Dallin Farnsworth29:01.0810thFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M)Connor Weaver29:02.1511thFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M)Danny Carney29:23.1719thDNQ
10,000m (M)Michael Ottesen29:31.5923rdDNQ
10,000m (M)Brayden McLelland30:12.7341stDNQ

Friday, May 24

EventAthleteMarkFinishNext Up
Javelin (M)Cameron Bates67.03m/219-1114thDNQ
Javelin (M)Kraymer Eppich64.44m/211-524thDNQ
Javelin (M)Matt Kitchen57.18m/187-740thDNQ
Discus (M)Jacob Foutz51.59m/169-340thDNQ
Pole Vault (W)Elise Romney4.17m/13-8.2518thDNQ
400m (M)Michael Bluth46.0113thDNQ
800m (W)Anna Camp-Bennett2:03.696thSemifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
800m (W)Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes2:05.1013thSemifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
400m Hurdles (W)Brenna Porter56.984thSemifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
400m Hurdles (M)Colten Yardley51.5819thDNQ
200m (W)Jaslyn Gardner24.8344thDNQ
200m (M)Derek Sorensen21.0730thDNQ
3000m Steeplechase (W)Erica Birk-Jarvis9:42.542ndSemifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (W)Emma Gee10:04.8415thDNQ
3000m Steeplechase (W)Maddie Cannon10:16.0326thDNQ
3000m Steeplechase (W)Sara Musselman10:40.1345thDNQ
3000m Steeplechase (M)Kenneth Rooks8:36.084thSemifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M)Clayson Shumway8:36.255thSemifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M)Jacob Heslington8:39.587thSemifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M)Matt Owens8:39.9510thSemifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M)Garrett Marsing9:02.6631stDNQ
3000m Steeplechase (M)Adam Wood9:15.6839thDNQ

Saturday, May 25

EventAthleteMarkFinishNext Up
Shot Put (M)Jefferson Jarvis18.22m/59-9.528thDNQ
High Jump (M)Jared Lorimier2.01m/6-737thDNQ
High Jump (M)AJ BeynonNHDNPDNQ
Women's 4x100m

Haley Rogers
Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush
Lauren Rawlinson
Jaslyn Gardner

Men's 4x100mRickey Fantroy Jr.
Derek Sorensen
Andrew Stuart
Abram Schaap
1500m (W)Whittni Orton4:13.589thSemifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
1500m (W)Kate Hunter4:18.1416thDNQ
1500m (W)Olivia Hoj4:21.6418thDNQ
1500m (M)Talem Franco3:42.1510thSemifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
Triple Jump (M)Rickey Fantroy Jr.15.55m/51-0.2512thFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
5000m (W)Courtney Wayment16:35.3436thDNQ
5000m (M)Conner Mantz13:48.695thFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
5000m (M)Clayton Young14:07.9821stFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
5000m (M)Brandon Garnica14:37.2442ndDNQ
Women's 4x400mHaley Rogers
Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush
Lauren Rawlinson
Brenna Porter
Men's 4x400mAbram Schaap
Blake Ellis
Colten Yardley
Michael Bluth
3:06.6711thFinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)