Payton Jordan Invitational features BYU top-10 finishes

Rory Linkletter clocked the second-fastest time in the NCAA in the 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Thursday. Teammate Clayton Young ran a personal-best in the 5000m for the No. 3 BYU all-time mark.
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PROVO — No. 6/11 BYU track and field had multiple distance athletes earn personal records and BYU top 10 all-time finishes at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Thursday.

“It was another outstanding night of action for our athletes,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We saw some great events highlighted by performances in the men’s 5000m, 10,000m and steeplechase. The women’s side had an outstanding night as well. The vast majority got PRs, improved their regional marks and set themselves up well for a good regional meet coming up.”

All-Americans Connor McMillan and Rory Linkletter made their season debut in the 10,000m with hopes to earn regional-qualifying times. McMillan clocked 28:11.30 to finish ninth overall. Linkletter followed with a personal-best time of 28:12.42 to take 10th and claim the No. 5 spot on the BYU all-time record board. The Cougars’ leading performance contributed to BYU’s rankings as 1-4 in the NCAA for the 10,000m.

“Connor McMillan and Rory Linkletter ended up with the first and second-fastest times in the nation for college athletes,” Eyestone said. “They were running in a professional race but beat any other college athletes that were there.”

For their season debut in the 5000m, All-Americans Conner Mantz and Clayton Young ran personal-best times of 13:29.73 and 13:31.79, respectively, for the No. 2 and No. 3 all-time in BYU history. The athletes’ marks passed head coach Ed Eyestone on the list.

All-American Clayson Shumway placed first in his heat of the men’s 3000m steeplechase with a time of 8:39.74. Kenneth Rooks finished seventh in the heat with a time of 8:47.15. …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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