BYU sent three of its best track and field athletes to the NCAA tournament this weekend, senior Jared Ward, junior Braydon Bringhurst and senior Chase Dalton.
Ward qualified to compete in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter events in the NCAA championships. At the MPSF championship Ward posted the 12th best national time with a 7:52.51 for the 3,000 meter. This weekend he took 4th place nationally 8:13.73.
For the 5,000 meter Ward again took 4th this weekend with a 13:54.93, slower than his qualifying time by 12 minutes. He participated in the 2013 NCAA championships for the 5,000 meter and placed 9th, so his improvement over the last year is very apparent.
Braydon Bringhurst took 10th at the NCAA championship in the pole vault with 5.40 meters, entering the meet with the seventh-best national mark. After finishing first place twice this season and taking in every meet where he competed, the Cougars most likely expected higher results in the championship.
Dalton posted the 14th highest point total in the heptathlon event at the Air Force Invitational this season, also marking the second-best score in BYU history. He took first in the BYU Indoor Invitational heptathlon and also set personal bests in seven different events this season.
For Friday’s heptathlon events, Dalton scored 14th in long jump, 13th in shot put and 11th in high jump. Saturday’s events began with the 60 meter hurdles, placing 14th, then went to pole vault, placing 12th, and finished with the 1,000 meters where he placed seventh.