Nate Edwards, BYU Photo
Whittni Orton (left-center) runs alongside runners from other schools. Orton has qualified to compete in two different events at nationals.

Nine BYU athletes will compete at the NCAA Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 9, in Texas.

Four athletes will compete on the men’s side. Rory Linkletter, Daniel Carney and Connor McMillan will represent BYU in the 5,000m race.

Linkletter finished 11th (13:57.62) at nationals in the 5,000m last year. His qualifying time for nationals this year is 13:41.01. This is both Carney and McMillan’s first time qualifying for the indoor national championships. Carney qualified with a time of 13:41.32, while McMillan qualified at 13:46.71.

Abraham Alvarado earned his qualifying spot in the 800m race with his 1:47.98 finish. Alvarado placed 13th in the preliminaries at nationals last year (1:49.25).

Five athletes will compete for the women. Four of those athletes, Ashleigh Warner, Brenna Porter, Kristi Rush-Briggs and Whittni Orton, comprise the women’s DMR team. They qualified for nationals with a time of 11:01.77. Porter and Warner both competed in the DMR at the indoor championships last year and helped the Cougars to a fourth-place finish.

Orton will also compete in the mile. She earned her spot for nationals when she broke the BYU school record with her time of 4:34.88. This will be her first time competing at the indoor national level, and she is the only Cougar competing in multiple events.

Andrea Stapleton-Johnson qualified for the high jump with a 1.83m mark. She competed at the championships last year and placed 13th overall.

Live championship results will be available via the NCAA website.

Jenessa Mann works as a Sports Information Director for BYU Athletics. Contact her at: track_sid@byu.edu