Anonymous | Posted: 27 Jun 2021 | Updated: 14 Dec 2021

Mantz takes 8th place in 5000m final on last day of U.S. Olympic Trials

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Conner Mantz running in the men's 10,000m final at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – BYU track and field star Conner Mantz finished eighth and fellow BYU standout Casey Clinger placed 12th in the men’s 5000m final at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday.

With three laps to go, Mantz put himself in contention by moving up from 11th to the front of the pack. His move to first place accelerated the pace and strung out the pack. He completed the 5000m in 13:32.69 while Clinger finished the race in 13:50.20.

Doubling in the 5000m and 10,000m at the trials, Mantz placed in the top eight in both finals. He took fifth in the men’s 10,000m final last week and concluded his Olympic Trials with his eighth-place performance in the 5000m final.

BYU alumna Makenna Myler was the lone athlete with ties to BYU to compete on Saturday. She finished 14th in the women’s 10,000m final with a time of 32:44.72.

Friday’s events featured three athletes connected to BYU, including two members from this year’s track and field squad.

After clocking a 3:40.58 in the first round on Thursday, Talem Franco finished 10th in his heat of the semifinals and 21st overall with a time of 3:46.37. 

Ashton Riner competed in the qualifying round of the women's javelin throw. She finished 20th overall with a throw of 46.73m/153-3.

Zach Blackham competed in the qualifying round of the men’s high jump. The BYU alumnus finished tied for 17th with a clearance of 2.14m/7-0.25 after missing his three attempts at 2.19m/7-2.25.

The Cougars had a total of 17 athletes connected to the track and field program compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Results specific to athletes with BYU ties can be found in the table below while complete results can be found on usatf.org.

Recaps: Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four/Five

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