Braden Taylor | Posted: 24 May 2021 | Updated: 30 May 2021

Cougars head to NCAA West Prelims with nation-leading 69 entries

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PROVO, Utah – BYU track and field, and its program-record 69 entries, will open the championship portion of the outdoor season May 26-29 at the 2021 NCAA West Preliminary Round held at E.B. Cushing Stadium in College Station, Texas.

Meet Information

The Cougars have the most combined men’s and women’s entries among any NCAA Division I program while breaking their own program record by 10 entries. The No. 5 BYU men’s team qualified 34 entries for the second season in a row, tying Oregon for the most men’s regional entries in the nation. The No. 16 BYU women’s team secured the second-most entries in the NCAA with 35, just one behind Texas Tech’s 36 entries.

The BYU men’s team boasts the top-ranked 1500m squad and 3000m steeplechase squad in the nation. The men also have the No. 2 5000m squad, No. 3 javelin squad, No. 4 10,000m squad and No. 5 pole vault squad.

The BYU women’s team heads into the championship season with the top-ranked 1500m squad in the nation. The women also have the No. 2 javelin squad, No. 2 3000m steeplechase squad and No. 2 800m squad.

For each individual event at each of the preliminary round sites, the top 48 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event, the top 24 declared relay teams were accepted into the competition. The top 12 performers from each event at each of the two NCAA preliminary rounds will advance to the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Each athlete is seeded based on his or her qualifying time or mark. The Cougars had 30 entries seeded in the top 15 of their respective events, including 15 entries that are seeded in the top 5. The Cougars’ entries are headlined by top-seeded Conner Mantz (10,000m), Whittni Orton (5000m), Ashton Riner (Javelin) and Courtney Wayment (3000m Steeplechase).

The four-day meet will be streamed on ESPN+/SECN+. A full schedule of the meet can be found on and a BYU-specific schedule can be found in the table below. Live results will be provided by Flash Results and team updates can be found on the BYU track and field Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Wednesday, May 26

Time (CDT) Athletes (Seed]) Event
1:30 p.m. Cameron Bates (No. 2)
Michael Whittaker (No. 29)
Max Tooley (No. 44)
Men's Hammer 
3:00 p.m.

Zach McWhorter (No. 4)
Caleb Witsken (No. 16)

Men's Pole Vault
6:30 p.m.

Lucas Bons (No. 2)
Talem Franco (No. 3)
Aidan Troutner (No. 8)
Elijah Armstrong (No. 19)

Men's 1500m (First Round)
7:25 p.m. Michael Bluth (No. 8)

Men's 400m (First Round)

8:20 p.m.

Colten Yardley (No. 15)
Jesus Serrano (No. 18)

Men's 400m Hurdles
(First Round)
8:45 p.m. Dallin Draper (No. 39)
Landon Maxfield (No. 43)
Men's 200m  (First Round)
9:10 p.m.

Conner Mantz (No. 1)
Connor Weaver (No. 15)
Michael Ottesen (No. 34)

Men's 10,000m

Thursday, May 27

Time (CDT) Athletes (Seed) Event
1:30 p.m. Ashton Riner (No. 1)
Payge Cuthbertson (No. 30)
Libby Parkinson (No. 31)
Women's Javelin
6:00 p.m. Gretchen Hoekstre (No. 28)
Sierra Freeland (No. 37)
Women's Shot Put
6:00 p.m.

Adaobi Tabugbo (No. 48)

Women's 100m Hurdles
(First Round)
6:30 p.m.

Whittni Orton (No. 3)
Olivia Hoj Simister (No. 4)
Anna Camp-Bennett (No. 5)
Kate Hunter (No. 13)
Simone Plourde (No. 15)
Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes (No. 18)
Heather Hanson (No. 36)

Women's 1500m
(First Round)
7:00 p.m. Jaslyn Gardner (No. 17)

Women's 100m (First Round)

7:50 p.m.

Anna Camp-Bennett (No. 3)
Alena Ellsworth (No. 4)
Meghan Hunter (No. 5)
Claire Seymour (No. 18)

Women's 800m (First Round)
8:20 p.m. Halley Folsom Walker (No. 20)
Kayla Perry (No. 43)

Women's 400m Hurdles
(First Round)

9:10 p.m.

Aubrey Frentheway (No. 9)
Haley Johnston (No. 31)
McKenna Lee Hansen (No. 36)
Anna Martin (No. 47)

Women's 10,000m

Friday, May 28

Time (CDT) Athletes (Seed) Event
1:00 p.m. Jacob Veres (No. 17)
Jake Grimsman (No. 43)

Men's High Jump

1:30 p.m. Dallin Shurts (No. 10)

Men's Discus

3:15 p.m. Rickey Fantroy (No. 6)

Men's Triple Jump

5:30 p.m.

BYU (No. 13)
- Michael Bluth
- Dallin Draper
- Landon Maxfield
- Andrew Stuart

Men's 4x100m

5:45 p.m.

*Lucas Bons
*Talem Franco
*Aidan Troutner 
*Elijah Armstrong

Men's 1500m (Quarterfinals)
6:10 p.m.

Garrett Marsing (No. 3)
Clayson Shumway (No. 8)
Matt Owens (No. 16)
Adam Wood (No. 19)
Kramer Morton (No. 29)

Men's 3000m Steeplechase
7:20 p.m. *Michael Bluth Men's 400m (Quarterfinals)
7:55 p.m.

*Colten Yardley
*Jesus Serrano

Men's 400m Hurdles (Quarterfinals)
8:10 p.m. *Dallin Draper
*Landon Maxfield
Men's 200m (Quarterfinals)
8:30 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
9:15 p.m.

BYU (No. 13)
- Michael Bluth
- Dallin Draper
- Landon Maxfield
- Colten Yardley

Men's 4x400m

Saturday, May 29

Time (CDT) Athletes (Seed) Event
1:00 p.m. Cierra Tidwell Allphin (No. 18)
Mayci Torgerson (No. 43)

Women's High Jump

1:30 p.m. Sable Lohmeier El-Bakri (No. 27)
Gretchen Hoekstre (No. 38)
Women's Discus
5:45 p.m. *Whittni Orton 
*Olivia Hoj Simister 
*Anna Camp-Bennett 
*Kate Hunter 
*Simone Plourde 
*Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes
*Heather Hanson

Women's 1500m

6:10 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
6:45 p.m. *Adaobi Tubugbo Women's 100m Hurdles
7:05 p.m. *Jaslyn Gardner Women's 100m (Quarterfinals)
7:35 p.m. *Anna Camp-Bennett
*Alena Ellsworth 
*Meghan Hunter 
*Claire Seymour 
Women's 800m (Quarterfinals)
7:55 p.m. *Halley Folsom Walker 
*Kayla Perry 
Women's 400m Hurdles
8:30 p.m. Whittni Orton (No. 1)

Women's 5000m

9:15 p.m.

BYU (No. 15)
- Alena Ellsworth
- Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes
- Meghan Hunter
- Claire Seymour

Women's 4x400m

*If the athlete advances to the next round