Riner, Bates post all-time marks in javelin at UNLV Spring Opener


LAS VEGAS – Junior Ashton Riner and sophomore Cameron Bates opened the outdoor season at the UNLV Spring Opener for BYU track and field with two of the best marks in school history.

Riner threw a personal-best 52.91m/173-7 to win the women’s javelin. The All-American’s mark solidified her position of No. 2 on the BYU Top 10 board in the event. In the men’s javelin, Bates took first and moved up one spot on the school’s all-time list to No. 4 with a career-best 70.99m/232-11.

After having the 2020 outdoor season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first opportunity any BYU javelin thrower has had to compete since the 2019 season.

The rest of the BYU track and field program will get the opportunity to start the outdoor season March 18-20 when the Cougars return to Las Vegas for the UNLV Invitational.