Cameron Muh | Posted: 11 Jun 2022 | Updated: 27 Sep 2022

Wayment seizes steeplechase title, women finish ninth at NCAA Track & Field Championships

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Courtney Wayment crosses finish line, winning 2022 NCAA steeplechase title
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BYU Women's T/F finishes tied for ninth at 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Courtney Wayment 2022 3000m Steeplechase Champion Courtney Wayment & Coach Taylor after 2022 steeplechase title

EUGENE, Ore. — Courtney Wayment capped off her BYU career winning the 3000-meter steeplechase title as No. 14 BYU women’s track and field finished ninth overall the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on Saturday.


“The plan was to rely on my fitness and all the things that I have done to get to this moment,” Wayment said. “If anyone was going to come with me, then I planned to put my foot on the gas a little bit more.”

Wayment clocked a personal best time of 9:16.00, breaking her own school record, the collegiate record and meet record, while also running the fifth-fastest time in U.S. history. She is the fourth BYU women’s athlete to win a steeplechase championship.

"It was a special way to cap off an incredible college career," BYU associate director of track and field Diljeet Taylor said. "She raced with extreme confidence and faith in her fitness and in the race plan."

The senior ran ahead early, trading stints in first with Auburn’s Joyce Kimeli, before seizing the position for good during the fourth lap, where should we begin to break away. As the rain fell harder at Hayward, Wayment ran faster, going on to win the third individual title of her career by 9.08 seconds.

When asked about which of her championships is the best, Wayment said, “Winning is the best one of all of them. As a freshman in 2017, I didn’t do very well at regionals, so my parents and I drove out to Eugene for Nationals and sat over there in the stands. I remember during the final, I sat there and sobbed because I wanted so badly to be on that track. Today was to inspire all of the people, all of the young women out there who are where I was in 2017. You can do it. You just have to give yourself a shot.”

Halley Folsom Walker placed 21st in the heptathlon long jump before setting a personal best and taking seventh in the javelin to put her in 15th place with the 800m remaining. The senior heptathlete closed out competition strong, winning the 800m by over four seconds at 2:08.59 to jump into eighth place in the heptathlon with 5,692 points.

In the high jump, Cierra Tidwell-Allphin finished tied for ninth with a clearance of 1.80m/5-10.75. The junior cleared 1.72m/5-7.75, 1.77m/5-9.75 and 1.80m/5-10.75 on her first attempts, before faltering out at 1.83m/6-0.

Sable Lohmeier El-Bakri closed out the Cougar’s competition in Eugene, placing 19th in the discus throw with a mark of 50.07m/164-3.

As a team, the BYU women finished tied with Colorado for ninth overall with 21 points. It is the second-straight year that the Cougars have recorded a top-10 finish, 13th top-10 finish all-time and first time that BYU has done so in consecutive years since 1999 and 2000.

BYU History
Wayment joins javelin thrower Ashton Riner as the two BYU women’s athletes to capture individual titles this week, marking the first time that two BYU athletes have won individual titles at a single Nationals since 2005, when Robison Pratt and Rodrigo Mendes took home championships in the pole vault and triple jump, respectively.

It is the first time that two BYU women’s athletes have won individual titles at a single Nationals since 2000, when Tara Rohatinsky Northcutt won the 10,000-meter and Susan Taylor took first in the 1500-meters. Wayment and Riner mark the third time that two BYU women’s athletes have won individual titles at a single Nationals. The feat was also completed in 1992.

Saturday, June 11
Event Athlete Time/Mark Finish
Heptathlon Long Jump Halley Folsom Walker 5.40m/17-8.75 21st
Heptathlon Javelin Halley Folsom Walker 40.41m/132-7, PR 7th
Women's High Jump (Final) Cierra Tidwell-Allphin 1.80m/5-10.75 9th
Women's Discus (Final) Sable Lohmeier El-Bakri 50.07m/164-3 19th
Women's 3000m Steeplechase (Final) Courtney Wayment 9:16.00 1st
Heptathlon 800m Halley Folsom Walker 2:08.59 1st
Heptathlon Halley Folsom Walker 5,692 8th
Wednesday, June 8
Event Athlete(s) Time/Mark Finish Next Up
Decathlon 100m Dallin Vorkink 11.38 21st Day 2 on Thursday, June 9
Decathlon Long Jump Dallin Vorkink 6.62m/21-8.75 (+2.6) 22nd Day 2 on Thursday, June 9
Decathlon Shot Put Dallin Vorkink 13.56m/44-6 11th Day 2 on Thursday, June 9
Decathlon High Jump Dallin Vorkink 1.95m/6-4.75 13th Day 2 on Thursday, June 9
Men's 4x100 (Semifinal) Easton Bianchi
Jared Davis
Dallin Draper
Colten Yardley
40.10 24th
Men's Pole Vault (Final) Zach McWhorter   6th
Men's Pole Vault (Final) Caleb Witsken   11th
Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal) Kenneth Rooks 8:24.88 2nd Final on Friday at 6:24 p.m. PDT
Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal) Garrett Marsing 8:45.71 19th
Men's Javelin (Final) Michael Whittaker    
Men's 800m (Semifinal) Sebastian Fernandez 1:47.66 11th
Men's 400m Hurdles (Semifinal) Colten Yardley 49.82 8th Final on Friday at 7:27 p.m. PDT
Decathlon 400m Dallin Vorkink 50.95 11th Day 2 on Thursday, June 9
Men's 10,000m (Final) Brandon Garnica 28:21.81 11th
Men's 10,000m (Final) Casey Clinger 28:22.99 12th
Thursday, June 9
Event Athlete Time/Mark Finish Next Up
Decathlon 110m Hurdles Dallin Vorkink 15.33 20th
Decathlon Discus Dallin Vorkink 42.63m/138-10 5th
Decathlon Pole Vault Dallin Vorkink 4.91m/16-1.25 2nd
Decathlon Javelin Dallin Vorkink 54.97m/180-4 10th
Women's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal) Lexy Halladay
10:31.38 23rd
Women's 3000m Steeplechase (Semifinal) Courtney Wayment 9:41.21 4th Final on Saturday at 2:54 p.m. PDT
Women's Javelin (Final) Alex McAllister
50.71m/166-4 18th
Women's Javelin (Final) Ashton Riner 58.24m/191-1 1st *First men's or women's javelin title in school history. First women's outdoor field title since 1992.
Women's 800m (Semifinal) Claire Seymour 2:04.91 18th
Decathlon 1500m Dallin Vorkink 4:22.92 (1st) 11th (7,592 points)
Women's 10,000m (Final) Aubrey Frentheway 34:31.59 22nd
Friday, June 10
Event Athlete Time/Mark Finish Next Up
Heptathlon 100m Hurdles Halley Folsom Walker 13.97 14th Day 2 on Saturday, June 11
Heptathlon High Jump Halley Folsom Walker 1.69m/5-6.5 17th Day 2 on Saturday, June 11
Heptathlon Shot Put Halley Folsom Walker 11.80m/38-8.75 13th Day 2 on Saturday, June 11
Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Final) Kenneth Rooks 8:22.56 6th
Men's 400m Hurdles (Final) Colten Yardley 50.10 7th
Heptathlon 200m Halley Folsom Walker 24.99 10th Day 2 on Saturday, June 11
Men's 5,000m (Final) Casey Clinger 13:33.20 10th