BYU men place eighth at NCAA Outdoor Championships


AUSTIN, Texas – BYU men's track and field took eighth place at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday.

"It was an evening of ups and downs," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "We ended on a high note with Young and Mantz doubling back after the 10K to finish 6-7 in the 5K. This was a great end to an amazing season for our men's team to finish eighth in the nation. Now we look to continue the trend in the future."

The Cougars scored 27 points on their way to finishing eighth overall for their best team-finish since 2011 (8th place). This marks the 24th time BYU has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the 40th time the Cougars have placed in the top 25.

Two days after finishing top four in the men's 10,000m final, All-Americans Conner Mantz and Clayton Young scored a combined five points in the 5000m final. This year's 10,000m NCAA Champion, Young finished sixth overall (14:09.00) in the 5000m to complete his senior year at BYU. Mantz completed the duo of distance races placing seventh (14:09.20) in the 5000m after finishing fourth in the 10,000m on Wednesday.

Matt Owens scored one point for the Cougars in the men's steeplechase after taking eighth overall. After leading the pack for the majority of the race, the All-American crossed the finish line in 8:45.40. Clayson Shumway (8:54.45), Kenneth Rooks (9:00.53) and Jacob Heslington (9:02.03) finished 10-12 for the Cougars. The four Cougars also matched an NCAA record for most finalists from one school in the men's steeplechase.

"The steeplechase was an interesting race," Eyestone said. "It was one of those days where the elements had a big impact on a lot of athletes. I’m excited that we had four guys in the final and I'm not disappointed in their effort."

In his first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Talem Franco qualified for the men's 1500m final. Franco placed 11th overall in the final with a time of 3:46.20. In the men's triple jump final, Rickey Fantroy Jr. also competed in his first NCAA Championships. The junior fouled his first two attempts before jumping for 15.49m/50-10 to finish in 21st place. 

The BYU women's team will complete competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships tomorrow, June 8. Information on the five BYU athletes competing tomorrow can be found in the tables below.

ESPN will continue to provide primary broadcast coverage of the four-day meet. A full schedule listing what events will be broadcast on which ESPN network can be found hereLive results and general meet information can be found on Follow @BYUTFXC on Twitter or @byutrackfieldxc on Instagram for team updates throughout the meet.

Wednesday, June 5



Talem Franco

Men's 1500m (Semifinal)

3:44.463rdQ - Final on Saturday (See table below)
Jacob HeslingtonMen's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)8:54.21

9th (T)

q - Final on Saturday (See table below)
Matt Owens

Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)

8:54.219th (T)Q - (See table below)
Kenneth Rooks

Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)

8:54.3911thQ - (See table below)
Clayson Shumway

Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)

8:54.4512thQ - (See table below)
Brian Matthews

Decathlon - Day 1 (100m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m)

  See table below for final results

-Michael Bluth
-Blake Ellis
-Abram Schaap
-Colten Yardley

Men's 4x400m (Semifinal)

Clayton YoungMen's 10,000m (Final)29:16.601st10 points
Connor McMillanMen's 10,000m (Final)29:19.853rd6 points
Conner MantzMen's 10,000m (Final)29:19.934th5 points
Rory LinkletterMen's 10,000m (Final)29:55.2115thN/A
Dallin FarnsworthMen's 10,000m (Final)30:58.6421stN/A
Connor WeaverMen's 10,000m (Final)31:11.0523rdN/A

Thursday, June 6



Whittni Orton

Women's 1500m (Semifinal)

4:14.3712thQ - (See table below)
Erica Birk-JarvisWomen's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)9:52.43


Q - (See table below)
Anna Camp-Bennett

Women's 800m (Semifinal)

2:03.657thq - (See table below)
Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes

Women's 800m (Semifinal)

Brenna Porter

Women's 400m Hurdles (Semifinal)


57.035thq - (See table below)
Brian Matthews

Decathlon (Final)


Friday, June 7



Talem Franco

Men's 1500m (Final)

Rickey Fantroy Jr.Men's Triple Jump (Final)15.49m/50-10


Matt Owens

Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Final)

8:45.408th1 point
Clayson Shumway

Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Final)

Kenneth Rooks

Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Final)

Jacob Heslington

Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Final)

Clayton YoungMen's 5000m (Final)14:09.006th3 points
Conner MantzMen's 5000m (Final)14:09.207th2 points

Saturday, June 8

5:00 p.m.
Andrea Stapleton-JohnsonWomen's High Jump (Final)ESPN3
5:41 p.m.

Whittni Orton

Women's 1500m (Final)ESPN2
5:54 p.m.Erica Birk-JarvisWomen's 3000m Steeplechase (Final)ESPN2
6:44 p.m.
Anna Camp-BennettWomen's 800m (Final)ESPN2
6:57 p.m.
Brenna PorterWomen's 400m Hurdles (Final)ESPN2