BYU track and field: Putting Cougar women’s remarkable run in context

BYU’s Courtney Wayment competes in the steeplechase at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last week. Wayment won the event and set the collegiate record by eight seconds.

Nate Edwards, BYU Photo

The remarkable performance of Courtney Wayment in last weekend’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship was a reminder that something special is happening in the BYU women’s track and field/cross-country program under coach Diljeet Taylor.

BYU has now won an individual or team national title in the last six NCAA championship events — for cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Here’s what has happened in the last two years:

2021 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Wayment teamed with Alena and Lauren Ellsworth and Olivia Simister to win the distance medley relay with the second-fastest time in collegiate history. Twenty-four hours later Wayment returned to win the 3,000-meter run. The Cougars finished seventh in the team competition. All 29 of the team’s points came from the distance and middle-distance events. Two days later, the Cougars lined up for the NCAA cross-country championships with an entirely different team ….

2020 NCAA Cross-Country Championships (postponed to March 2021)

Because of the pandemic, the 2020 NCAA cross-country championships were postponed. It was someone’s bright idea to reschedule them just two days after the indoor track championships. The Cougars had the depth to create two separate teams — one for the track meet and one for the cross-country meet (none of the team’s scorers in the track championships had any remaining cross-country eligibility anyway). All of which made what happened next all the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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