BYU Cougars: Good and Bad Surprises for Women at the NCAA Track and Field Championships

On day one of the NCAA Women’s Track and Field Championships Thursday in Eugene, Oregon, BYU had two big surprises – one good, the other bad.

Anna Camp, a senior from Fillmore, Utah, who had only the 11th fastest time on the field, not only qualified for the 1,500-meter final on Saturday, but she also set the second fastest time. fast of the day and set a school record of 4: 09.22. She improved her personal best by 2 ½ seconds and beat her teammate Whittni Ortonthe six-week school record of 4: 09.31.

The bad news arrived in the second heat, which turned into a slow and tactical affair, making it more difficult for these riders to qualify for the final based on time. Orton is normally aggressive, sometimes even excessively, but that day she was just running through the peloton rather than picking up the pace as she usually does. The race ended with a frenzied late sprint and Orton finished sixth with a time of 4: 14.99, the 17th fastest time of the day and about six seconds slower than his best time of the season.

Orton, one of the best runners to ever run for BYU, will compete in the 5,000-meter race final on Saturday night. It easily has the fastest time in the country over this distance.

No one was surprised when BYU Courtney wayment, the NCAA 3,000-meter indoor champion, set the fastest time in the semifinals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She finished with a time of 9: 32.52 – only she has run faster this season. Wayment was about two seconds faster than its closest rival.

Summer Allen of Weber State also produced a formidable performance to advance to the steeplechase final. Her time of 9: 37.47 broke her own personal best of 10 seconds and broke a 14-year-old school record set by Olympian Lindsey Anderson in 2007 of 2 ½ seconds. Allen placed third in her race and posted the sixth fastest time of the day.

Claire Seymour qualified for the 800 meters final finishing with the third fastest time of the day, 2: 02.58. Camp also competed in the 800, just 90 minutes after her second in the 1500, but she was 10th in 2: 03.95. The first nine qualified for the final. It was only 0.78 seconds from the fourth.

The match, mirroring the men’s program from the previous day, consisted of semi-finals for all races except one. Poppy Tank of Utah, a senior from England, finished ninth in the 10,000-meter final with a time of 32: 50.57, breaking her own school record of two seconds. Tank will also compete in the 5,000-meter final on Saturday. Lexie Thompson of Weber State, a senior from American Fork, was 13th in 33.06.95.

In other news, BYU’s Kate Hunter finished 10th in the 1,500 semi-finals and failed to qualify despite a season-high 4: 13.45.

Sara Musselman failed to qualify for the steeplechase final, finishing ninth in 9: 55.61.

Kate Sorensen, a junior from Weber State, failed to advance to the 400-meter hurdles final, clocking 59.42, about two seconds off her time in the region competition. Where is.

The BYU 4×400 relay team of Meghan Hunter, Lauren and Alena Ellsworth and Seymour finished 15th out of 24 unqualified teams with a time of 3: 37.05.

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