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Wrap-up of day one at NCAA Indoor Championships

Mar 10, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:13 pm | Permalink

Day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books for the BYU men's and women's teams. 

Perhaps Friday's most impressive performance came from the BYU women's DMR squad who took fourth place overall. They finished with a combined time of 11:03.43. Ashleigh Warner started things off for the Cougars, running the 1200 meters in 3:24, followed by Brenna Porter in the 400 meters who finished in 55.0. Filling in for Shea Collinsworth was Kristi Rush in the 800 meters, running her leg in 2:06, and Erica Birk finished things with the anchor leg for BYU, completing the mile with a time of 4:36. 

2017 Mountain Region Athlete of the Year Shea Collinsworth ran in the 800-meter preliminaries on Friday, taking sixth place overall in 2:05.37. She advances to the final, which will take place on Saturday.  

Men's distance runner Rory Linkletter took 11th overall in the final of the 5000 meters with a time of 13:57.62. He placed four slots ahead of his projected placement of 15th, representing the Cougars well. 

Women's high jumper Andrea Stapleton competed in the finals of the high jump on Friday and took 13th place overall. She logged her highest jump of the weekend at 1.76m (5'9.25"). 

Abraham Alvarado represented BYU in the preliminary round of the men's 800 meters. Alvarado finished fifth in his heat and 13th overall; he will not be advancing to Saturday's final. 

Friday was also the opening day of the men's heptathlon. Kevin Nielsen finished the day with a total of 3095 points. He sits 499 points out of first place and hopes to catch the front-runners during Saturday's events. For complete stats of the men's heptathlon, click here

Track and field events continue on Saturday, when men's distance runner Clayton Young will represent BYU in the men's 3000 meters at 6:15 p.m. CST, and Shea Collinworth will be in the women's 800-meter final at 5:20 p.m. CST. The heptathlon will also conclude on Saturday.

For a full list of events, times and results as they are forthcoming, click here

Wrap-up of day one at NCAA Indoor Championships

Mar 10, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:43 pm | Updated: March 10, 2017 10:13 pm | Permalink

Day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books for the BYU men's and women's teams. 

Perhaps Friday's most impressive performance came from the BYU women's DMR squad who took fourth place overall. They finished with a combined time of 11:03.43. Ashleigh Warner started things off for the Cougars, running the 1200 meters in 3:24, followed by Brenna Porter in the 400 meters who finished in 55.0. Filling in for Shea Collinsworth was Kristi Rush in the 800 meters, running her leg in 2:06, and Erica Birk finished things with the anchor leg for BYU, completing the mile with a time of 4:36. 

2017 Mountain Region Athlete of the Year Shea Collinsworth ran in the 800-meter preliminaries on Friday, taking sixth place overall in 2:05.37. She advances to the final, which will take place on Saturday.  

Men's distance runner Rory Linkletter took 11th overall in the final of the 5000 meters with a time of 13:57.62. He placed four slots ahead of his projected placement of 15th, representing the Cougars well. 

Women's high jumper Andrea Stapleton competed in the finals of the high jump on Friday and took 13th place overall. She logged her highest jump of the weekend at 1.76m (5'9.25"). 

Abraham Alvarado represented BYU in the preliminary round of the men's 800 meters. Alvarado finished fifth in his heat and 13th overall; he will not be advancing to Saturday's final. 

Friday was also the opening day of the men's heptathlon. Kevin Nielsen finished the day with a total of 3095 points. He sits 499 points out of first place and hopes to catch the front-runners during Saturday's events. For complete stats of the men's heptathlon, click here

Track and field events continue on Saturday, when men's distance runner Clayton Young will represent BYU in the men's 3000 meters at 6:15 p.m. CST, and Shea Collinworth will be in the women's 800-meter final at 5:20 p.m. CST. The heptathlon will also conclude on Saturday.

For a full list of events, times and results as they are forthcoming, click here

Bull named Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week

Mar 07, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:21 am | Updated: March 7, 2017 11:29 am | Permalink

Picking up another honor this week, McKenna Bull was named the Madness West Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week following her record-breaking performance at the San Diego Classic I last week.

On Monday, Bull was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. This is her first Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week nod. She is the second Cougar to be recognized by College Sports Madness after Libby Sugg was the Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week following the first week of the season.

Bull won all three games she started at the San Diego Classic I, picking up victories over San Diego State, Miami (Ohio) and Boston University. In the 6-2 win over Miami, she broke the BYU record for strikeouts in a career, surpassing Paige Affleck's 803 after notching a season-high 11 strikeouts. By the end of the weekend, Bull upped her total to 808. She also picked up another shutout victory, leading the Cougars to a 9-0 win in five innings over Boston U. In over 21.0 innings pitched, she had a 0.33 ERA and 25 strikeouts while allowing just one earned run.

A full list of College Sports Madness' players of the week from different conferences can be seen on its website.

Williams and Langi to participate in NFL Scouting Combine

Mar 02, 2017 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:09 am | Updated: March 3, 2017 9:58 am | Permalink

Former BYU running back Jamaal Williams and linebacker/defensive lineman Harvey Langi are both participating in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 NFL Combine in their quest to get drafted and continue their football careers at the next level.

Workouts for Williams, will begin Friday, March 3. The NFL Network's live coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET and continues each day through Monday's conclusion of the event.

Williams finished his BYU career as the school's career leader in rushing with 726 carries and 3,901 yards. He capped off his career with 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016. His average of 137.5 rushing yards per game ranked No. 5 nationally.

Langi is scheduled to workout with the defensive linemen and linebackers beginning on Sunday, March 5. The versatile Langi played several different positions for the Cougars over the years, including middle and outside linebacker, defensive end and running back. 

Fans can view live coverage on the NFL Network and track results online at NFL.com/combine.

The 2017 NFL Draft is April 27-29.

Getting to Know: Hannah Miller

Mar 01, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 11:16 am | Updated: March 1, 2017 11:19 am | Permalink

Hannah Miller, freshman

What is your favorite app?
Twitter.

What is your favorite movie?
“World War Z.”

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
“Power” by Kanye West.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Hannah Montana theme song.

What are you secretly good at?
Dancing.

Who is your favorite professor at BYU?
Jane Hinckley.

Conluding day one of MSPF Championships

Feb 24, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:57 pm | Permalink

In the women's 5000 meter run, Laura Young recorded a new personal record of 16:15.66 as she took sixth overall. Alice Jensen likewise set a new personal record, finishing in 16:45.35 and in 12th overall. Yesenia Silva came in 19th overall with a time of 16:51.37.

Rory Linkletter recored a second-place finish overall in the men's 5000 meters with a time of 13:59.49 while Nicolas Montanez set a new personal record of 14:09.08 and took eighth overall. Daniel Carney also set a personal record in his debut in the event, taking 13th overall in 14:13.94.

In the men's 60-meter dash, Tatenda Tsumba took third overall in the preliminaires with a time of 6.74 and will compete in the finals on Saturday. Curtis Brown finished just one spot out of qualifications in ninth place in 6.85. 

Tsumba took fourth overall in the men's 200 meters with a time of 21.25, with Brown in 10th in 21.74. Drew Tingey finished in 22.00 and took 14th place, and Jesus Serrano took 22nd overalll in 22.44. 

In the women's 200 meters, Keesha Miller set a new personal record of 25.18 and took 21st overall. Lauren Baxter finished in 37th overall in 25.73. 

Serrano and Max Scheible competed in the men's 60-meter hurdles, Serrano finishing in 8.36, with Scheible close behind with an 8.41.  

The men's DMR squad finished in 9:50.53 for third place overall.

Men's heptathletes Kevin Nielsen, Jackson Walker and Brian Matthews all participated on Friday, with Nielsen finishing the day in third place with 3129 points, Walker in ninth with 2866 points and Matthews in 12th with 2721 points. Walker and Matthews both set new personal records in the long jump of 6.85m and 6.65m, respectively. 

Penthathlete Lindsay Yetter sits in third place overall with 3395 points.  

Conluding day one of MSPF Championships

Feb 24, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:50 pm | Updated: February 24, 2017 10:57 pm | Permalink

In the women's 5000 meter run, Laura Young recorded a new personal record of 16:15.66 as she took sixth overall. Alice Jensen likewise set a new personal record, finishing in 16:45.35 and in 12th overall. Yesenia Silva came in 19th overall with a time of 16:51.37.

Rory Linkletter recored a second-place finish overall in the men's 5000 meters with a time of 13:59.49 while Nicolas Montanez set a new personal record of 14:09.08 and took eighth overall. Daniel Carney also set a personal record in his debut in the event, taking 13th overall in 14:13.94.

In the men's 60-meter dash, Tatenda Tsumba took third overall in the preliminaires with a time of 6.74 and will compete in the finals on Saturday. Curtis Brown finished just one spot out of qualifications in ninth place in 6.85. 

Tsumba took fourth overall in the men's 200 meters with a time of 21.25, with Brown in 10th in 21.74. Drew Tingey finished in 22.00 and took 14th place, and Jesus Serrano took 22nd overalll in 22.44. 

In the women's 200 meters, Keesha Miller set a new personal record of 25.18 and took 21st overall. Lauren Baxter finished in 37th overall in 25.73. 

Serrano and Max Scheible competed in the men's 60-meter hurdles, Serrano finishing in 8.36, with Scheible close behind with an 8.41.  

The men's DMR squad finished in 9:50.53 for third place overall.

Men's heptathletes Kevin Nielsen, Jackson Walker and Brian Matthews all participated on Friday, with Nielsen finishing the day in third place with 3129 points, Walker in ninth with 2866 points and Matthews in 12th with 2721 points. Walker and Matthews both set new personal records in the long jump of 6.85m and 6.65m, respectively. 

Penthathlete Lindsay Yetter sits in third place overall with 3395 points.  

Getting to Know: Head coach Guard Young and Jessie Westergard

Feb 22, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 2:05 pm | Updated: February 22, 2017 2:14 pm | Permalink

Guard Young, head coach

What is your favorite movie?
Star Wars.

Who is your celebrity look alike?
Daniel Craig (This is my wife’s celebrity crush).

What are you secretly good at?
Origami.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
Athens, Greece.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
“Everything is AWESOME” from the LEGO movie.

What is your favorite thing about working with BYU gymnastics?
I love the students…they are so creative and funny.


Jessie Westergard, sophomore

What is your favorite movie?
Shanghai Noon.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
Ecuador, Ireland, anywhere on a sailboat.

Who is your celebrity lookalike?
Drew Barrymore.

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
“Not Afraid” by Eminem.

What are you secretly good at?
Sewing.

What is your favorite saying?
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what a ship is built for.”

Gaels outdistance Cougars in second half to secure 70-57 victory

Feb 18, 2017 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 9:58 pm | Updated: February 18, 2017 10:09 pm | Permalink

Out of the break Yoeli Childs scored first for the Cougars and two buckets from Eric Mika cut the Gael's deficit to nine. Saint Mary's responded with a 14-2 run to build a 62-40 lead by the 9:31 mark. On the next possesion Haws sank a jumper to lower the deficit to 20 but Saint Mary's held tight to the lead. With 8:40 remaining, Childs hit a jumper to make the score 66-44 but two baskets by the Gaels extended the Gael's lead to 25, the Gael's largest margin of the evening.

After two more scores from Mika, the Cougars came up with several offensive rebounds and a put-back effort by Elijah Bryant cut the lead to 19 with three minutes remaining. On the following Cougar possesion, Nick Emery made a hard drive before dishing it off to Childs for a dunk and scored a basket of his own a few possesions later to help the Cougars cut the lead down to 15 with 1:30 left in the contest. In the final minute of play, Colby Leifson spotted up in the left corner and sank a three for the final Cougar basket of the evening and the Cougars fell by the final score of 70-57.   

Mika finished the evening leading all Cougar scorers with 18 points and adding five rebounds. Childs also had a stellar evening with 14 points and seven boards while Emery led the team with four assists in addition to pulling down six rebounds. 

 

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