Thompson moves up to top-10 at Sun Angel Classic
PROVO, Utah — BYU track and field athletes recorded two event wins and a top-10 mark at the John McDonnell Invitational in Arkansas and the Sun Angel Classic in Arizona on Friday.
In Tempe, Leah Thompson jumped from No. 9 to No. 7 all-time in the discus throw with a new personal best mark of 52.00m/170-7. The mark was good for a sixth-place finish in the event.
Adaobi Tabugbo represented the Cougars at Arkansas, winning the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.56. Annalise Hart set a new personal best in the 400m with a time of 55.95, placing third in the event.
Also placing third was Kayla Perry in the 400m hurdles, running a 1:01.87. Cierra Tidwell-Allphin finished second in the high jump with a mark of 1.78m/5-10.
Pole vault stole the show for BYU men’s track and field on Friday. Zach McWhorter (5.55m/18-2.5) and Caleb Witsken (5.30m/17-4.5) finished first and second, respectively in the men’s pole vault at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
McWhorter’s winning clearance tied him for No. 3 nationally with Kyle Rademeyer of South Alabama and Christyan Sampy of No. 20 Houston. In just his first vault of the outdoor season, McWhorter has already landed himself in a solid NCAA preliminary qualifying position. Friday marked a homecoming of sorts for McWhorter, who grew up 20 minutes north of Fayetteville in Springdale, Arkansas.
Nathan Burnett also competed in the pole vault, taking seventh at 4.85m/15-11.
Easton Bianchi came just 0.04 seconds from a personal-best when he clocked a 10.75 to finish eighth of 25 in the men’s 100m at McDonnell Field. Bianchi later ran a 22.07 and finished 12th in the 200m. Jacob Veres rounded out BYU’s competition in Arkansas with a sixth-place finish in the high jump.
Returning All-American thrower Dallin Shurts took third of 24 in the men’s discus throw at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona. Shurts’ mark of 60.08m/197-1 was just 0.27m off his personal-best and came against one of the nation’s premiere throwers in No. 11 Arizona State’s Turner Washington. The Sun Devil thrower is listed as a candidate for The Bowerman by the USTFCCCA.
The Cougars closed the competition day at Sun Angel Stadium with the men’s 200m. Three BYU sprinters finished in the top-10 of 36, with Dallin Draper at sixth, Landon Maxfield in eighth and Jared Davis at ninth. Davis set a new personal-best at 21.35.
BYU will continue the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe on Saturday with the javelin at 12:30 p.m. PDT and will also compete at the Aggie Invitational in Logan beginning with the long jump at 11 a.m. MDT.