Fletcher among several BYU track and field athletes with top performances

Shaquille Walker competes in the 4x400m relay at the MPSF indoor championships in February. He placed first in the 400 meter with a time of 46.67 at the Stanford Invitational over the weekend. (BYU Photo)

Aaron Fletcher placed first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:47.20 to highlight the Cougars’ performances at meets in Texas, California and Utah over the weekend.

BYU track and field director of operations Ryan Waite said it was a big deal for Fletcher to be an event champion at the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

“This meet is historic,” Waite said. “It’s been around for a really long time and some of the best people in the world come and compete here. When you can walk away with one of the shirts that say ‘Texas Relay Champion’ – you kind of become a celebrity here in Austin.”

Shaquille Walker placed first in the 400 meter race at the Stanford Invitational and Dennis Christensen earned first place in the shot put.

Elizabeth Adams threw 44.08m in the javelin to finish fourth overall. Madison Pachner took No. 5 on the all-time BYU outdoor history discus list and placed third in the event.

Marcus Dickson, Chase Horrocks, Connor McMillan, Spencer Hanson, Jonathan Harper and Clayton Young also achieved potential-qualifying marks for the regional meet in their individual events at Stanford.

Mark Carlson ran the 400m hurdles in 51.60 in the Texas Relays while Max Scheible finished in 52.00. Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton finished the 100m hurdles in 13.56.

At the UVU Invitational, Diamond Thomas took first in the 100 meter race. Andrea Stapleton and Kylee Trageser hit first place marks in the high jump and pole vault, respectively.

Lauren Shubin finished the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:32.77 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

“I was impressed with by our team’s attitude,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “They treated like a business trip, and, for the most part, everyone took care of business.”

A total of 28 cougars have tallied potential regional-qualifying marks in the first three weeks of the outdoor season.

BYU track and field travels to the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona this weekend while some athletes will compete at the Utah Spring Classic/Weber State Invitational in Salt Lake City.


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