Eight women’s distance runners advance to quarterfinals at NCAA West Prelims


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – BYU track and field had eight women’s distance runners advance to their respective quarterfinals on the second day of the 2021 NCAA West Preliminary Round at E.B. Cushing Stadium on Thursday.

The Cougars had a total of six runners advance to Saturday’s 1500m quarterfinals. All-American Whittni Orton recorded the fastest time of the day while winning her heat with a 4:16.16. All-Americans Anna Camp-Bennett (4:18.68), Olivia Hoj Simister (4:18.85) and Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes (4:21.45) each finished in the top five of their heats to automatically qualify for the next round while All-Americans Simone Plourde (4:18.95) and Kate Hunter (4:21.03) advanced based on their times.

A little more than an hour after racing in the 1500m, Camp-Bennett doubled in the 800m and clocked a career-best 2:02.83 to advance in the event. Running the fastest time of the day, she broke the facility record at the recently built E.B. Cushing Stadium and recorded the fifth-fastest outdoor 800m in program history.

All-Americans Claire Seymour (2:05.27) and Alena Ellsworth (2:06.41) both finished second in their respective 800m heats to automatically move on to the next round with Camp-Bennett. The 1500m quarterfinal will be Saturday at 5:45 p.m. CDT and the 800m quarterfinal will be later that evening at 7:35 p.m.

The BYU women’s team had a number of athletes compete on Wednesday that did not advance to the next round of their respective events.

The javelin throwers opened the competition for the women’s team. Throwing into a strong headwind, All-American Ashton Riner recorded a throw of 46.50m/152-7, Payge Jauhiainen had ended with a toss of 46.44m/152-4 and Libby Parkinson finished with a mark of 45.83m/150-4.

Sierra Freeland and Gretchen Hoekstre both had strong outings in the women’s shot put. Freeland finished with a mark of 15.66m/51-4.5 and Hoekstre had a toss of 15.20m/49-10.5. Hoekstre will have another opportunity to advance to the national meet on Saturday in the discus.

In the sprints and hurdles, Adaobi Tabugbo clocked a 13.58 in the 100m hurdles and Jaslyn Gardner ran an 11.58 in the 100m dash. In the 400m hurdles, Halley Folsom Walker ran a 1:00.01 and Kayla Perry clocked a 1:00.36.

One of the seven Cougars in the first round of the 1500m, Heather Hanson finished the race in 4:30.88 while Meghan Hunter completed the 800m in 2:12.98.

In the last event of the day, four Cougars raced in the 10,000m semifinal. McKenna Lee Hansen was the first Cougar to complete the 25-lap race in 35:06.69. After battling within the lead pack before tripping up, Aubrey Frentheway finished shortly after her teammate (35:09.67) and was followed by Haley Johnston (35.40.38) and Anna Martin (36:43.39).

Complete Results
Day One Recap

The BYU men’s team will return to action on Friday, May 28 and the women’s team will wrap up competition on Saturday, May 29. Tomorrow’s field events will begin at 1 p.m. CDT and the track events will start at 5:30 p.m. 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