Cougar Corner: Pair of National Champions round out BYU Year in Sports

Cougar Corner: Pair of National Champions round out BYU Year in Sports

by Mike Miller

The 2021-22 BYU athletics year came to a close last weekend with the NCAA Track and Field National Championships. Ashton Riner and Courtney Wayment made sure to end the season with a bang as they secured national titles to help the women’s team finish in ninth place overall.

Women’s Track and Field

Riner and Wayment entered the competition ranked No. 1 in their respective events, living up to the billing – and then some. Riner’s 58.24m/191-1 throw last Thursday handed her a championship, with no other athlete coming closer than two feet. The win was the first javelin title in BYU history, the school’s first field title since 2007 (which was won by Riner’s coach) and the first field championship from a BYU woman since 1992.

More history was made on Saturday when Wayment secured her fourth national championship in four different events. Her 9:16.00 in the 3000m steeplechase was an NCAA record and the fifth fastest in American history. Wayment ran so fast that she beat second place by nine seconds, a second place performance good enough for third all-time in the NCAA record books.

Men’s Track and Field

The men’s team had three athletes take home First Team All-American status. Zach McWhorther was sixth in the pole vault, Kenneth Rooks was sixth in the men’s steeplechase and Colten Yardley secured seventh in the 400m hurdles.

BYU fans now have to wait until the end of August for their cross country teams to compete again in running events, but stay tuned for offseason content from The Hive Sports!

Featured image courtesy Nate Edwards, BYU Photo

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