Joseph Hovey | Posted: 24 Jun 2021 | Updated: 13 Aug 2021

Three Cougars advance at U.S. Olympic Trials

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2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships - Hayward Field

EUGENE, Ore. – Courtney Wayment broke her own school record with a time of 9:23.09 in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final on Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The BYU track and field star finished fourth overall, just one spot shy of making the U.S. Olympic Team.

Wayment’s performance marked the second time she clocked a new career and school record in the women’s 3000m steeplechase at the Olympic Trials. After initially setting the school record with a time of 9:31.37 in May, Wayment broke that record in the first round of the steeplechase at the Olympic Trials with a time of 9:27.17 before rewriting the record again in Thursday's final.

Wayment’s new steeplechase record also ranks No. 3 on the all-dates, all-time collegiate list.

Casey Clinger and Conner Mantz advanced to the men’s 5000m final as time qualifiers after finishing eighth and ninth, respectively, in the first round on Thursday night. With both Cougars leading for stretches of the race, Clinger completed the 5000m in 13:39.27 and Mantz finished in 13:39.31. The two BYU distance runners will race in the men’s 5000m final on Sunday, June 27 at 4:30 p.m. PDT.

Talem Franco also advanced to the final in his event after posting a 3:40.58 in the men’s 1500m first round. Franco finished seventh in his heat and 15th overall and will race in the semifinals on Friday, June 25 at 4:05 p.m.

After reaching the 800m semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Trials last week, BYU track alumnus Abraham Alvarado joined Franco in the 1500m and finished 10th in his heat with a time of 3:47.88.

Three other Cougars competed on Thursday but were unable to advance in the trials.

Colten Yardley led his heat of the men’s 400m hurdles going into the final 100m before tripping up after clearing a hurdle. He ended up finishing sixth in his heat with a time of 52.32.

Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes and Claire Seymour both competed in the first round of the women’s 800m. Both runners finished seventh in their heats with times of 2:05.59 and 2:06.67, respectively.

Garrett Marsing was the lone BYU athlete to compete on Monday. He ran an 8:53.37 in the men’s steeplechase but was unable to advance after a 25th-place finish.

The Cougars still have six current/former athletes who are still vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team at the trials. A schedule specific to BYU’s athletes can be found on byucougars.comBroadcast informationlive results and start lists can be found on usatf.org.

BYU Men - U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifiers

Name

Event

Qualifying Mark

Status [Round Reached, Place, Time/Mark]

#Abraham Alvarado

800m

1:46.15*

DNQ [Semifinals, 14th place, 1:47.46]

#Abraham Alvarado

1500m

3:36.82*

DNQ [First Round, 29th place, 1:47.88]

Cameron Bates

Javelin

77.17m/253-2

DNQ [Qualifying Round, 14th place, 67.55m/221-7]

#Zach Blackham

High Jump

2.20m/7-2.5

DNQ [Qualifying Round, T-17th place, 2.14m/7-0.25]

Michael Bluth

400m

45.13*

DNQ [First Round, 20th place, 46.05]

Casey Clinger

5000m

13:24.90*

DNQ [Final, 12th place, 13:50.20]

Talem Franco

1500m

3:37.55

DNQ [Semifinals, 21st place, 3:46.37]

Conner Mantz

5000m

13:24.78*

DNQ [Final, 8th place, 13:32.69]

Conner Mantz

10,000m

27:41.16*

DNQ [Final Round, 5th place, 27:59.37]

Garrett Marsing

Steeplechase

8:31.54*

DNQ [First Round, 25th place, 8:53.37]

Zach McWhorter

Pole Vault

5.80m/19-0.25*

DNQ [Qualifying Round, T-19th place, 5.40m/17-8.5]

Colten Yardley

400m Hurdles

50.04

DNQ [First Round, 22nd place, 52.32]

*Met USATF Qualifying Standard
#BYU track and field alumni

BYU Women - U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifiers

Name

Event

Qualifying Mark

Status [Round Reached, Place, Time/Mark]

Anna Camp-Bennett

1500m

4:08.58

DNQ [Semifinals, 16th place, 4:12.05]

Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes

800m

2:02.49*

DNQ [First Round, 36th place, 2:05.59]

#Makenna Myler

10,000m

32:02.62*

DNQ [Final, 14th place, 32:44.72]

Whittni Orton

1500m

4:09.31

DNQ [Semifinals, 14th place, 4:10.70]

Whittni Orton

5000m

15:12.91*

DNQ [First Round, DNS, DNS]

Ashton Riner

Javelin

57.31m/188-0

DNQ [First Round, 20th place, 46.73m/153-3]

Claire Seymour

800m

2:01.91*

DNQ [First Round, 38th place, 2:06.67]

Courtney Wayment

Steeplechase

9:31.37*

DNQ [Final, 4th place, 9:23.09]

*Met USATF Qualifying Standard
#BYU track and field alumni

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