by Mike Miller
The BYU track and field team dominated at a pair of national meets, the NFL Draft brought several moves for former BYU football players and men’s basketball continues to be in the midst of a never-ceasing transfer portal.
BYU showed some promising offense across four games in California, but unfortunately split their games. The Cougars were 1-2 in a series against San Francisco before handling Cal State Fullerton 10-5 in a one-off game.
Next Up: The Cougars remain in sunny California for a series at Pepperdine. The Thursday-Saturday games will be broadcast on BYU Radio.
Transfer portal tracker Verbal Commits reported last Saturday that Seneca Knight would be leaving BYU just one season after transferring in. He joins Gavin Baxter, Hunter Erickson, Gideon George, Nate Hansen and Caleb Lohner in entering the portal. Last week, Baxter committed to Utah, while Lohner announced he would be joining Baylor. George had previously decided to return to BYU. While head coach Mark Pope and his staff are surely looking to the same portal to replace the players on their way out, apprehension is likely setting in amongst Cougar faithful as the roster is severely depleted ahead of next season.
Running back Tyler Allgeier was the only BYU player selected in the NFL Draft when he was taken by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round. Three others signed free agent contracts. Center James Empey joined the Dallas Cowboys, while wide receivers Samson Nacua and Neil Pau’u signed with the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills respectively.
The Cougars are an impressive 34-10 on the season. Last week was no exception to the team’s winning ways, going 4-0 with a win at SUU before a sweep of Santa Clara. BYU took advantage of the mercy rule twice, beating SUU 12-0 in five innings and rolling all over Santa Clara 20-1, also in five innings..
Next Up: The softball team will join their baseball counterparts in California for a three-game series at Pacific on Friday and Saturday. The games will be broadcast on the WCC Network.
Track and Field
A variety of records and victories were recorded by BYU athletes last weekend:
While the NCAA will hold track & field championships in June, the Penn Relays has the nickname of the “Championship of America.” Some of BYU’s best athletes put on a show on the way to titles and records. Lexy Hallady won the women’s 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:59.27. She was joined in the winner’s column by the women’s distance medley relay team of Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes, Alena Ellsworth, Claire Seymour and Courtney Wayment. Their 10:50.22 total beat the BYU record by over seven seconds and was the third-fastest time ever at the Penn Relays. Another relay team broke a school record during their third-place women’s 4x800m race. Alena Ellsworth, Claire Seymour, Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes and Meghan Hunter combined for an 8:28.24.
At the Desert Heat Classic, the women’s 4×100 team of Adaobi Tabugbo, Taye Raymond, Dolita Awala-Shaw and Annalise Hart took third place, with their 44.68 setting a BYU record. Jessica Thompson’s 49.71 meters was good for fourth in the women’s javelin. She also set records, as her throw was a personal record and the sixth best in BYU history. Colten Yardley won the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 49.83 seconds, also good for a PR.
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