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Williams and Langi to participate in NFL Scouting Combine

Mar 02, 2017 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:09 am | Updated: March 3, 2017 9:58 am | Permalink

Former BYU running back Jamaal Williams and linebacker/defensive lineman Harvey Langi are both participating in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 NFL Combine in their quest to get drafted and continue their football careers at the next level.

Workouts for Williams, will begin Friday, March 3. The NFL Network's live coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET and continues each day through Monday's conclusion of the event.

Williams finished his BYU career as the school's career leader in rushing with 726 carries and 3,901 yards. He capped off his career with 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016. His average of 137.5 rushing yards per game ranked No. 5 nationally.

Langi is scheduled to workout with the defensive linemen and linebackers beginning on Sunday, March 5. The versatile Langi played several different positions for the Cougars over the years, including middle and outside linebacker, defensive end and running back. 

Fans can view live coverage on the NFL Network and track results online at NFL.com/combine.

The 2017 NFL Draft is April 27-29.

Getting to Know: Hannah Miller

Mar 01, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 11:16 am | Updated: March 1, 2017 11:19 am | Permalink

Hannah Miller, freshman

What is your favorite app?
Twitter.

What is your favorite movie?
“World War Z.”

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
“Power” by Kanye West.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Hannah Montana theme song.

What are you secretly good at?
Dancing.

Who is your favorite professor at BYU?
Jane Hinckley.

Conluding day one of MSPF Championships

Feb 24, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:57 pm | Permalink

In the women's 5000 meter run, Laura Young recorded a new personal record of 16:15.66 as she took sixth overall. Alice Jensen likewise set a new personal record, finishing in 16:45.35 and in 12th overall. Yesenia Silva came in 19th overall with a time of 16:51.37.

Rory Linkletter recored a second-place finish overall in the men's 5000 meters with a time of 13:59.49 while Nicolas Montanez set a new personal record of 14:09.08 and took eighth overall. Daniel Carney also set a personal record in his debut in the event, taking 13th overall in 14:13.94.

In the men's 60-meter dash, Tatenda Tsumba took third overall in the preliminaires with a time of 6.74 and will compete in the finals on Saturday. Curtis Brown finished just one spot out of qualifications in ninth place in 6.85. 

Tsumba took fourth overall in the men's 200 meters with a time of 21.25, with Brown in 10th in 21.74. Drew Tingey finished in 22.00 and took 14th place, and Jesus Serrano took 22nd overalll in 22.44. 

In the women's 200 meters, Keesha Miller set a new personal record of 25.18 and took 21st overall. Lauren Baxter finished in 37th overall in 25.73. 

Serrano and Max Scheible competed in the men's 60-meter hurdles, Serrano finishing in 8.36, with Scheible close behind with an 8.41.  

The men's DMR squad finished in 9:50.53 for third place overall.

Men's heptathletes Kevin Nielsen, Jackson Walker and Brian Matthews all participated on Friday, with Nielsen finishing the day in third place with 3129 points, Walker in ninth with 2866 points and Matthews in 12th with 2721 points. Walker and Matthews both set new personal records in the long jump of 6.85m and 6.65m, respectively. 

Penthathlete Lindsay Yetter sits in third place overall with 3395 points.  

Conluding day one of MSPF Championships

Feb 24, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:50 pm | Updated: February 24, 2017 10:57 pm | Permalink

In the women's 5000 meter run, Laura Young recorded a new personal record of 16:15.66 as she took sixth overall. Alice Jensen likewise set a new personal record, finishing in 16:45.35 and in 12th overall. Yesenia Silva came in 19th overall with a time of 16:51.37.

Rory Linkletter recored a second-place finish overall in the men's 5000 meters with a time of 13:59.49 while Nicolas Montanez set a new personal record of 14:09.08 and took eighth overall. Daniel Carney also set a personal record in his debut in the event, taking 13th overall in 14:13.94.

In the men's 60-meter dash, Tatenda Tsumba took third overall in the preliminaires with a time of 6.74 and will compete in the finals on Saturday. Curtis Brown finished just one spot out of qualifications in ninth place in 6.85. 

Tsumba took fourth overall in the men's 200 meters with a time of 21.25, with Brown in 10th in 21.74. Drew Tingey finished in 22.00 and took 14th place, and Jesus Serrano took 22nd overalll in 22.44. 

In the women's 200 meters, Keesha Miller set a new personal record of 25.18 and took 21st overall. Lauren Baxter finished in 37th overall in 25.73. 

Serrano and Max Scheible competed in the men's 60-meter hurdles, Serrano finishing in 8.36, with Scheible close behind with an 8.41.  

The men's DMR squad finished in 9:50.53 for third place overall.

Men's heptathletes Kevin Nielsen, Jackson Walker and Brian Matthews all participated on Friday, with Nielsen finishing the day in third place with 3129 points, Walker in ninth with 2866 points and Matthews in 12th with 2721 points. Walker and Matthews both set new personal records in the long jump of 6.85m and 6.65m, respectively. 

Penthathlete Lindsay Yetter sits in third place overall with 3395 points.  

Getting to Know: Head coach Guard Young and Jessie Westergard

Feb 22, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 2:05 pm | Updated: February 22, 2017 2:14 pm | Permalink

Guard Young, head coach

What is your favorite movie?
Star Wars.

Who is your celebrity look alike?
Daniel Craig (This is my wife’s celebrity crush).

What are you secretly good at?
Origami.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
Athens, Greece.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
“Everything is AWESOME” from the LEGO movie.

What is your favorite thing about working with BYU gymnastics?
I love the students…they are so creative and funny.


Jessie Westergard, sophomore

What is your favorite movie?
Shanghai Noon.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
Ecuador, Ireland, anywhere on a sailboat.

Who is your celebrity lookalike?
Drew Barrymore.

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
“Not Afraid” by Eminem.

What are you secretly good at?
Sewing.

What is your favorite saying?
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what a ship is built for.”

Gaels outdistance Cougars in second half to secure 70-57 victory

Feb 18, 2017 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 9:58 pm | Updated: February 18, 2017 10:09 pm | Permalink

Out of the break Yoeli Childs scored first for the Cougars and two buckets from Eric Mika cut the Gael's deficit to nine. Saint Mary's responded with a 14-2 run to build a 62-40 lead by the 9:31 mark. On the next possesion Haws sank a jumper to lower the deficit to 20 but Saint Mary's held tight to the lead. With 8:40 remaining, Childs hit a jumper to make the score 66-44 but two baskets by the Gaels extended the Gael's lead to 25, the Gael's largest margin of the evening.

After two more scores from Mika, the Cougars came up with several offensive rebounds and a put-back effort by Elijah Bryant cut the lead to 19 with three minutes remaining. On the following Cougar possesion, Nick Emery made a hard drive before dishing it off to Childs for a dunk and scored a basket of his own a few possesions later to help the Cougars cut the lead down to 15 with 1:30 left in the contest. In the final minute of play, Colby Leifson spotted up in the left corner and sank a three for the final Cougar basket of the evening and the Cougars fell by the final score of 70-57.   

Mika finished the evening leading all Cougar scorers with 18 points and adding five rebounds. Childs also had a stellar evening with 14 points and seven boards while Emery led the team with four assists in addition to pulling down six rebounds. 

Gaels hold 41-30 advantage over Cougars at half

Feb 18, 2017 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 8:55 pm | Updated: February 18, 2017 9:01 pm | Permalink

Yoeli Childs opened the scoring for the Cougars with a free throw and a jumper by Erik Mika put the Cougars ahead 3-2. The teams continued to trade baskets, fighting to control the lead until the Gaels established an 11-7 lead near the 15 minute mark. The Cougars stormed back and took a 12-11 advantage after an and-one by Mika but Saint Mary's responded with a 5-0 run. Elijah Bryant sank a three-pointer with 12:34 remaining in the half to keep BYU within striking distance and the score at 16-15 in favor of the Gaels. 

The Gaels extended the lead to eight after a 10-3 run but BYU responded quickly with a pair of free throws by Mika, an electrifying shot-block by Haws and another long ball by Bryant to cut the deficit to three with 6:10 to go until the half. Saint Mary's found the basket on back-to-back possesions to push the lead to nine but a three from Haws made the score 32-26. After two more baskets by the Gaels, Haws kept the Cougars going offense again with a layup drive at the 2:40 mark. Childs found the bucket in the final minute of play but a Cougar foul on the next possesion gave the Gaels three free-throws and at half the score was 41-30 in favor of Saint Mary's.

Cougars defeat Toreros 82-70

Feb 16, 2017 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 11:10 pm | Updated: February 16, 2017 11:17 pm | Permalink

Nick Emery recorded the first five points of the second half for the Cougars before a TJ Haws 3-pointer increased BYU’s lead to 55-41 with 15:37 left. Eric Mika’s perfect trip to the charity stripe capped off an 11-3 run to help the Cougars maintain a comfortable 69-52 margin with eight minutes left in play.

Despite San Diego’s efforts to fight back, the Cougars overpowered the Toreros on offense. San Diego managed to end the game on a dunk as BYU claimed an 82-70 victory.

Emery was the first of five Cougars to score double-digit points with 26. Mika logged a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds as Elijah Bryant contributed 15 points of his own. Yoeli Childs and Haws each recorded 12 points. BYU tallied 15 points off turnovers while holding San Diego to just six. The Cougars also handled the Toreros in the paint 28-18. 

Cougars lead Toreros 45-38 at halftime

Feb 16, 2017 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 9:56 pm | Updated: February 16, 2017 10:05 pm | Permalink

TJ Haws nailed a 3-pointer to get the game rolling for the Cougars before the Toreros answered with baskets on the next three possessions. A Nick Emery trey helped BYU regain control of the game, sparking a 16-2 run to build a 24-13 advantage with nine minutes on the clock. The Cougars continued to dominate, leading by as many as 18, as Emery made his fifth 3-point shot of the game.

The Toreros turned up the offensive power as they began to chip away at the Cougar lead. BYU went cold on the floor for over five minutes as San Diego cut the deficit to five. Haws launched a shot from beyond the arc at the buzzer to send the Cougars into the locker room leading 45-38.

Emery led the Cougar offense with 17 points, including a perfect 5 of 5 from the arc. Yoeli Childs contributed 10 points and four rebounds while Mika tallied eight points and three rebounds.