Three Cougars punch tickets to Eugene on first day of NCAA West Prelims


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – BYU track and field's Cameron Bates, Conner Mantz and Zach McWhorter each advanced to the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in their respective events on the first day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round on Wednesday.

Bates was the first Cougar to earn his way to the national meet, placing in the top 12 of the men’s javelin. On his second toss of the day, the sophomore recorded a mark of 71.13m/233-4 to finish with the second-best throw of the competition to secure his qualifying spot. Bates is the first BYU men’s javelin thrower to advance to the championship meet since 2014.

Shortly after Bates punched his ticket, McWhorter guaranteed his spot at the NCAA Championships in the men’s pole vault. The two-time All-American and national runner-up at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships had to clear 5.45m/17-10.5 to clinch his position in the top 12. The last time BYU had a pole vaulter qualify for the outdoor championships was in 2015.

In the final event of the day, Mantz weathered an aggressive 10,000m race to give the BYU men’s team its third national qualifier of the day. The 2021 NCAA Cross Country Champion battled to the front of the pack before finishing third overall with a time of 29:10.91. The junior has now qualified for three consecutive outdoor championships in the 10,000m.

Along with three national qualifiers, the Cougars also had five athletes advance to their respective quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Three BYU 1500m runners moved on to Friday’s quarterfinal. All-American Lucas Bons finished in the top three of his heat to automatically qualify (3:43.47) and All-American Talem Franco won his heat to advance (3:45.42). After leading his heat a majority of the race, Aidan Troutner got tripped up from behind and fell to the ground. Following a successful protest, he automatically advances to Friday’s quarterfinal at 5:45 CDT.

In the men’s 400m, All-American Michael Bluth took second place in his heat with a time of 46.14 to advance to Friday’s final at 7:20 p.m. CDT. Colten Yardley ran a 50.60 in the 400m hurdles to finish second in his heat and move on to the quarterfinal at 7:55 p.m. on Friday.

Caleb Witsken came just short of advancing to the championship meet in the men’s pole vault with McWhorter. The All-American matched his outdoor personal record of 5.40m/17-8.5 and finished outside the top 12 due to missed attempts.

Elijah Armstrong ran a career-best 3:50.55 in the first round of the 1500m, coming short of moving on to the next round. However, he will have an opportunity to qualify for nationals on Friday in the 5000m.

Jesus Serrano ran a 51.46 to finish fourth in his heat of the 400m hurdles, just one spot outside of the automatic qualifying position. In the men’s 200m, Landon Maxfield clocked a season-best 20.97 and Dallin Draper ran a 21.53.

The Cougars had two other javelin throwers compete along with Bates. Michael Whittaker finished 22nd overall with a throw of 62.54m/205-2 while Max Tooley placed 33rd with a toss of 60.15m/197-4.

Connor Weaver and Michael Ottesen both joined Mantz in the 10,000m, finishing with times of 30:42.19 and 31:08.05. The duo will complete the 5K-10K double, racing in the 5000m on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Complete Results

The BYU women’s team will open competition at the NCAA West Prelims on Thursday, May 27. The field events will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the women’s javelin while track events will start at 6 p.m. with the 100m hurdles. The meet will be streamed on SECN+ and team updates can be found on Twitter.

Wednesday, May 26 - Results

EventAthleteMarkFinishNext Up
Javelin (M)Cameron Bates71.13m/233-4
2ndFinal in Eugene, Oregon (June 9-12)
Javelin (M)Michael Whittaker62.54m/205-222ndDNQ
Javelin (M)Max Tooley60.15m/197-433rdDNQ
Pole Vault (M)Zach McWhorter5.45m/17-10.57thFinal in Eugene, Oregon (June 9-12)
Pole Vault (M)Caleb Witsken5.40m/17-8.515thDNQ
1500m (M)Lucas Bons3:43.473rdQuarterfinals on Saturday, May 28 at 11:45 a.m. CDT
1500m (M)Talem Franco3:45.4210thQuarterfinals on Saturday, May 28 at 11:45 a.m.
1500m (M)Aidan Troutner*4:03.13   *Automatically advanced following successful protest following tripping incidentQuarterfinals on Saturday, May 28 at 11:45 a.m.
1500m (M)Elijah Armstrong3:50.5539thDNQ
400m (M)Michael Bluth46.1412thQuarterfinals on Saturday, May 28 at 1:20 p.m.
400H (M)Colten Yardley50.609thQuarterfinals on Saturday, May 28 at 1:55 p.m.
400H (M)Jesus Serrano51.4730thDNQ
200m (M)Landon Maxfield20.9728thDNQ
200m (M)Dallin Draper21.5343rdDNQ
10,000m (M)Conner Mantz29:10.913rdFinal in Eugene, Oregon (June 9-12)
10,000m (M)Connor Weaver30:42.1937thDNQ
10,000m (M)Michael Ottesen31:08.0544thDNQ

Thursday, May 27

EventAthleteMarkFinishNext Up
Javelin (W)Ashton Riner46.50m/152-726thDNQ
Javelin (W)Payge Jauhiainen46.44m/152-427thDNQ
Javelin (W)Libby Parkinson45.83m/150-429thDNQ
Shot Put (W)Sierra Freeland15.66m/51-4.528thDNQ
Shot Put (W)Gretchen Hoekstre15.20m/49-10.538thDNQ
100H (W)Adaobi Tabugbo13.58w41stDNQ
1500m (W)Whittni Orton4:16.161stQuarterfinals on Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
1500m (W)Anna Camp-Bennett4:18.688thQuarterfinals on Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
1500m (W)Olivia Hoj Simister4:18.859thQuarterfinals on Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
1500m (W)Simone Plourde4:18.9510thQuarterfinals on Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
1500m (W)Kate Hunter4:21.0315thQuarterfinals on Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
1500m (W)Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes4:21.4516thQuarterfinals on Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
1500m (W)Heather Hanson4:30.8836thDNQ
100m (W)Jaslyn Gardner11.5839thDNQ
800m (W)Anna Camp-Bennett2:02.831stQuarterfinals on Saturday at 6:10 p.m.
800m (W)Claire Seymour2:05.275thQuarterfinals on Saturday at 6:10 p.m.
800m (W)Alena Ellsworth2:06.4112thQuarterfinals on Saturday at 6:10 p.m.
800m (W)Meghan Hunter2:12.9845thDNQ
400H (W)Halley Folsom Walker1:00.0129thDNQ
400H (W)Kayla Perry1:00.3634thDNQ
10,000m (W)McKenna Lee Hansen35:06.6920thDNQ
10,000m (W)Aubrey Frentheway35:09.6722ndDNQ
10,000m (W)Haley Johnston35:40.3830thDNQ
10,000m (W)Anna Martin36:43.3937thDNQ

Friday, May 28

EventAthleteMarkFinishNext Up
High Jump (M)Jake Grimsman2.11m/6-1121stDNQ
High Jump (M)Jacob Veres2.06m/6-925thDNQ
Discus (M)Dallin Shurts56.34m/184-10 12thFinal in Eugene, Oregon (June 9-12)
Triple Jump (M)Rickey Fantroy15.92m/52-2.7515thDNQ

Saturday, May 29

Time (CDT)Athletes (Seed)Event
11:30 a.m.BYU (No. 13)
- Michael Bluth
- Dallin Draper
- Landon Maxfield
- Andrew Stuart
Men's 4x100m
11:45 a.m.Lucas Bons
Talem Franco
Aidan Troutner 
Men's 1500m
1:00 p.m.Cierra Tidwell Allphin (No. 18)
Mayci Torgerson (No. 43)

Women's High Jump

1:20 p.m.Michael BluthMen's 400m
1:30 p.m.Sable Lohmeier El-Bakri (No. 27)
Gretchen Hoekstre (No. 38)
Women's Discus
1:55 p.m.Colten YardleyMen's 400m Hurdles
3:15 p.m.BYU (No. 13)
- Michael Bluth
- Dallin Draper
- Landon Maxfield
- Colten Yardley
Men's 4x400m
3:45 p.m.Whittni Orton 
Olivia Hoj Simister 
Anna Camp-Bennett 
Kate Hunter 
Simone Plourde 
Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes

Women's 1500m

4:10 p.m.Garrett Marsing (No. 3)
Clayson Shumway (No. 8)
Matt Owens (No. 16)
Adam Wood (No. 19)
Kramer Morton (No. 29)
Men's Steeplechase
4:45 p.m.Courtney Wayment (No. 1)
Sara Musselman (No. 18)
Lexy Halladay (No. 23)
Meri Dunford (No. 28)
Madi Moffitt (No. 42)
Women's 3000m Steeplechase
6:10 p.m.Anna Camp-Bennett
Alena Ellsworth  
Claire Seymour 
Women's 800m (Quarterfinals)
7:05 p.m.Casey Clinger (No. 6)
Brandon Garnica (No. 7)
Easton Allred (No. 38)
Michael Ottesen (No. 44)
Elijah Armstrong (No. 45)
Connor Weaver (No. 46)
Men's 5000m
7:50 p.m.Whittni Orton (No. 1)

Women's 5000m

8:35 p.m.

BYU (No. 15)
- Alena Ellsworth
- Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes
- Meghan Hunter
- Claire Seymour

Women's 4x400m