BYU’s Courtney Wayment wins 3,000-meter steeplechase at NCAA Track and Field Championship

BYU’s Courtney Wayment wins the national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on June 11, 2022.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Courtney Wayment didn’t merely win the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Track & Field Championships Saturday afternoon; she stole the show.

Three laps into the 7 ½-lap race, Wayment accelerated and proceeded to run away from the field in the pouring rain.

She widened her lead lap after lap – first five meters, then 10 meters, then 15 meters, then 20 meters, then 25, then 30, then 35, then 40 …. She was still pulling away when she hit the finish line.

She won the race by nine seconds.

She broke the meet and collegiate record by eight seconds.

She became the fifth fastest American – college or pro – ever.

She became the fastest American in the world this year, by more than two seconds.

Her time: 9:16.00.

The previous collegiate record was 9:24.41 set by Olympic silver medalist Courtney Frerichs in 2016.

As BYU coach Diljeet Taylor put it, “Courtney destroyed that record.”

Runner-up Kayley DeLay of Yale was barely in the same area code when Wayment crossed the line. DeLay was second in 9:25.08.

Wayment’s performance was an exhibition in strong, confident, efficient running.

She set out to run a fast, even pace and did just that, covering the seven full laps in 73, 76, 73, 74, 73, 73 and 70 …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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