Birk-Jarvis breaks fifth school record

Braden Taylor | Posted: 6 Mar 2021 | Updated: 6 Mar 2021
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SACRAMENTO – Erica Birk-Jarvis broke the school steeplechase record and BYU track and field added eight more national qualifiers at the NCAA West Preliminary on Friday.

“So many good things happened tonight,” Ed Eyestone said. “It was very exciting to have eight athletes punch tickets to nationals tonight. Erica especially was phenomenal in her record-breaking performance. She looks so strong right now."

Birk-Jarvis won her heat of the 3000m steeplechase in 9:42.54 to break the BYU record and advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The All-American has already broken school records in the indoor mile, indoor 3000m, indoor distance medley relay and outdoor 5000m.

The BYU men’s steeplechase squad qualified four athletes for the semifinal at Nationals. Kenneth Rooks (8:36.08) won his heat to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships while also moving up the school record board to No. 6 all-time. Matt Owens (8:39.95) finished second in his heat to return to Nationals for the second year in a row while both Clayson Shumway (8:36.25) and Jacob Heslington (8:39.58) advanced off of their times.

Anna Camp-Bennett advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 800m. Her time of 2:03.89 is now the eighth-fastest time ran in BYU history. Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes also moved on to Nationals after taking second place in her heat with a time of 2:05.10.

Brenna Porter will compete in the 400m hurdles at the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row. The All-American won her heat with a time of 56.98 to advance.

Michael Bluth clocked the seventh-fastest outdoor 400m in BYU history with a 46.01. Bluth was the last athlete out finishing two-hundredths of a second behind the final national-qualifying time. 

In the pole vault, Elise Romney cleared a career height of 4.17m/13-8.25 for the eighth-best mark in BYU history.

Freshman javelin thrower Cameron Bates barely missed qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor by two spots after finishing 14th overall with a mark of 67.03m/219-11. Senior Kraymer Eppich finished his career at BYU on a high note with a season-best 64.44m/211-5.

The eight national qualifiers from today boost BYU track and field's total to 15 heading into the final day of events. A recap for the first day of the meet can be found here.

The Cougars will wrap up competition at the NCAA West Prelims on Saturday, May 24. Official results from the first two days as well as live results for the final day can be found here. For team updates, follow @byutrackfieldxc on Instagram or @BYUTFXC on Twitter.

Thursday's Results, May 23

Event Athlete Mark Finish Next Up
Hammer (M) Jacob Foutz 61.11m/200-6
 
27th Did not qualify (DNQ)
Javelin (W) Sydnie Martindale 43.43m/142-6 33rd DNQ
Javelin (W) Payge Cuthbertson 40.48m/132-10 45th DNQ
High Jump (W) Andrea Stapleton-Johnson 1.80m/5-10.75 5th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
High Jump (W) Lindsay Yetter-Shirley NH DNP DNQ
400m Hurdles (W) Brenna Porter 57.99 5th Quarterfinal - See Friday Results
400m Hurdles (W) Kaitlyn Gunnerson-Burrup 59.71 24th DNQ
400m Hurdles (M) Colten Yardley 51.38 22nd Quarterfinal - See Friday Results
Pole Vault (M) Jameson Shirley 4.96m/16-3.25 33rd DNQ
1500m (W) Whittni Orton 4:16.69 4th Quarterfinal on Saturday, May 25 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
1500m (W) Olivia Hoj 4:18.40 11th Quarterfinal on Saturday, May 25 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
1500m (W) Kate Hunter 4:18.91 13th Quarterfinal on Saturday, May 25 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
1500m (W) Alissa Fielding 4:29.02 39th DNQ
1500m (W) Madey Brooks-Dickson 4:34.31 46th DNQ
1500m (M) Talem Franco 3:44.67 4th Quarterfinal on Saturday, May 25 @ 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
1500m (M) Marcus Dickson 3:45.42 17th DNQ
100m (W) Jaslyn Gardner 11.88 40th DNQ
400m (M) Michael Bluth 46.30 7th Quarterfinal - See Friday Results
800m (W) Anna Camp-Bennett 2:05.74 2nd Quarterfinal - See Friday Results
800m (W) Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes 2:07.30 11th Quarterfinal - See Friday Results
800m (W) Karina Haymore 2:09.37 36th DNQ
10,000m (M) Rory Linkletter 28:59.43 1st Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M) Connor McMillan 29:00.49 4th

Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)

10,000m (M) Conner Mantz 29:00.50 5th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M) Clayton Young 29:00.77 8th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M) Dallin Farnsworth 29:01.08 10th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M) Connor Weaver 29:02.15 11th Final in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
10,000m (M) Danny Carney 29:23.17 19th DNQ
10,000m (M) Michael Ottesen 29:31.59 23rd DNQ
10,000m (M) Brayden McLelland 30:12.73 41st DNQ

Friday, May 24

Event Athlete Mark Finish Next Up
Javelin (M) Cameron Bates 67.03m/219-11 14th DNQ
Javelin (M) Kraymer Eppich 64.44m/211-5 24th DNQ
Javelin (M) Matt Kitchen 57.18m/187-7 40th DNQ
Discus (M) Jacob Foutz 51.59m/169-3 40th DNQ
Pole Vault (W) Elise Romney 4.17m/13-8.25 18th DNQ
400m (M) Michael Bluth 46.01 13th DNQ
800m (W) Anna Camp-Bennett 2:03.69 6th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
800m (W) Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes 2:05.10 13th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
400m Hurdles (W) Brenna Porter 56.98 4th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
400m Hurdles (M) Colten Yardley 51.58 19th DNQ
200m (W) Jaslyn Gardner 24.83 44th DNQ
200m (M) Derek Sorensen 21.07 30th DNQ
3000m Steeplechase (W) Erica Birk-Jarvis 9:42.54 2nd Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (W) Emma Gee 10:04.84 15th DNQ
3000m Steeplechase (W) Maddie Cannon 10:16.03 26th DNQ
3000m Steeplechase (W) Sara Musselman 10:40.13 45th DNQ
3000m Steeplechase (M) Kenneth Rooks 8:36.08 4th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M) Clayson Shumway 8:36.25 5th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M) Jacob Heslington 8:39.58 7th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M) Matt Owens 8:39.95 10th Semifinal in Austin, TX (June 5-8)
3000m Steeplechase (M) Garrett Marsing 9:02.66 31st DNQ
3000m Steeplechase (M) Adam Wood 9:15.68 39th DNQ

Saturday, May 25

Time (PDT) Athlete(s) Event
2:45 p.m. Jefferson Jarvis Men's Shot Put
4:00 p.m. Jared Lorimier
AJ Beynon
Men's High Jump
6:00 p.m. -Haley Rogers
-Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush
-Lauren Rawlinson
-Jaslyn Gardner
Women's 4x100m
6:15 p.m. -Andrew Stuart
-Michael Bluth
-Abram Schaap
-Derek Sorensen
Men's 4x100m
6:30 p.m. Whittni Orton
Olivia Hoj
Kate Hunter
Women's 1500m (Quarterfinal
6:30 p.m. Rickey Fantroy Jr. Men's Triple Jump
6:45 p.m. Talem Franco Men's 1500m (Quarterfinal)
8:05 p.m. Courtney Wayment Women's 5000m
8:45 p.m. Conner Mantz
Clayton Young
Brandon Garnica
Men's 5000m
9:25 p.m. -Haley Rogers
-Ellie Heiden-Quackenbush
-Lauren Rawlinson
-Brenna Porter
Women's 4x400m
9:45 p.m. -Abram Schaap
-Colten Yardley
-Blake Ellis
-Michael Bluth
Men's 4x400m

* -- If qualified

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