EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Shea Collinsworth's fourth-place finish in the 800m on Saturday closed BYU's run at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
"Shea had a good strategy and kept the pace honest, which she did fearlessly, to try to win and not just give it up," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "She fought very well all the way to the finish. She showed some real grit and I was super pleased with her performance."
In the last race of her collegiate career, Collinsworth recorded a time of 2:02.30, two seconds faster than her qualifying mark on Thursday. Her time was also .53 seconds faster than her 800m final at the 2016 NCAA Championships.
BYU distance coach Diljeet Taylor was also proud of Collinsworth's final performance.
"She executed the race plan perfectly," Taylor said. "She raced for the win and that was the best way for her to walk away with no regrets. She ended her career with a great time, great finish, and went out repping the Y the best way possible. I'm extremely proud. She had a great indoor season and a great outdoor season, and it was nice to see it end so well."
Sophomore Andrea Stapleton also competed on Saturday and cleared 1.78m (5’10”) in the high jump final to finish 16th overall.
"Andrea did an amazing job clearing on the third attempt after a couple misses early on," Eyestone said. "On the third attempt, you really got to rise up and dig down deep, and she looked good. She didn't get the final clearance she wanted, but she battled through. That was a valuable experience that will translate into success next year. She had a phenomenal year that culminated at the NCAA championships. Congratulations to her."
With the women's events now finished, the BYU women's team placed 43rd overall.
An official list of BYU first-team and second-team All-Americans will be released by the USTFCCCA next week. See the table below for results from the entire meet.
Links of note:
|Chase Horrocks||Men's 1500m (Semifinal)
|Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)||8:43.23||7th|
|Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)||8:56.39||17th|
|Mitchell Briggs||Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)||8:57.24||
|Tatenda Tsumba||Men's 100m (Semifinal)
|Men's 200m (Semifinal)||20.62||16th|
|Korey Smith||Men's 400m Hurdles (Semifinal)
|Men's 400m Hurdles (Semifinal)||51.92||17th|
|Men's Shot Put (Final)||18.49m (60'8'')||20th|
|Rory Linkletter||Men's 10,000m (Final)
Men's 10,000m (Final)
|Jackson Walker||Decathlon (100m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m)||3446||23rd|
|Whittni Orton||Women's 1500m (Semifinal)
Women's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)
Women's 800m (Semifinal)
|Jacob Heslington||Men's 3000m Steeplechase (final)
Men's 5000m (final)
|Andrea Stapleton||Women's high jump (final)
Women's 800m (final)