PROVO — BYU track and field qualified 58 entries to the 2019 NCAA Division I West Preliminary.
For the second year in a row, the Cougars matched their program-high in total entries to the regional meet. BYU and Arkansas both tied for the most combined entries to the NCAA West Preliminary. The BYU men tied with UCLA for the most men's entries with 34 while the women have the sixth-most entries with 24.
The No. 4 BYU men’s team enters the postseason boasting the top-ranked 3000-meter steeplechase and 10,000-meter squads. The Cougars have a combined 15 regional entries between the two events. The 10,000-meter has a team-high nine qualifiers along with the top four runners in the NCAA this season.
The No. 11 BYU women's team finished the season with the No. 1 800-meter, 1500-meter and 3000-meter steeplechase squads. Those three events combine for 12 of the women's team's entries with the 1500-meter receiving a team-high five qualifiers.
For each individual event contested 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 will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Each athlete is seeded based on his or her qualifying mark. The Cougars had 22 entries seeded in the top 15 of their respective events.
The men's team is headlined by Connor McMillan (No. 1 10,000-meter), Rory Linkletter (No. 2 10,000-meter), Conner Mantz (No. 3 5000-meter, No. 3 10,000-meter), Matt Owens (No. 3 Steeplechase), Clayton Young (No. 4 10,000-meter, No. 5 5000-meter), Clayson Shumway (No. 5 Steeplechase), Jacob Heslington (No. 8 10,000-meter) and Danny Carney (No. 9 10,000-meter).1 comment on this story
The top-seeded athletes on the women's team are Andrea Stapleton-Johnson (No. 1 high jump), Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes (No. 2 800-meter), Brenna Porter (No. 4 400-meter hurdles), Erica Birk-Jarvis (No. 5 Steeplechase), Whittni Orton (No. 5 1500-meter) and Anna Camp-Bennett (No. 6 800-meter).
Between individual events and relay teams, the BYU track and field team also had 11 athletes qualify for multiple events. The full list of BYU qualifiers can be found on byucougars.com.
The 2019 West Preliminary will take place May 23-24 at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California. The meet schedule and full list of NCAA qualifiers can be found here. Live stats and streaming options can be found on the BYU track and field schedule page two days prior to the first day of competition.