Day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books for the BYU men's and women's teams.
Perhaps Friday's most impressive performance came from the BYU women's DMR squad who took fourth place overall. They finished with a combined time of 11:03.43. Ashleigh Warner started things off for the Cougars, running the 1200 meters in 3:24, followed by Brenna Porter in the 400 meters who finished in 55.0. Filling in for Shea Collinsworth was Kristi Rush in the 800 meters, running her leg in 2:06, and Erica Birk finished things with the anchor leg for BYU, completing the mile with a time of 4:36.
2017 Mountain Region Athlete of the Year Shea Collinsworth ran in the 800-meter preliminaries on Friday, taking sixth place overall in 2:05.37. She advances to the final, which will take place on Saturday.
Men's distance runner Rory Linkletter took 11th overall in the final of the 5000 meters with a time of 13:57.62. He placed four slots ahead of his projected placement of 15th, representing the Cougars well.
Women's high jumper Andrea Stapleton competed in the finals of the high jump on Friday and took 13th place overall. She logged her highest jump of the weekend at 1.76m (5'9.25").
Abraham Alvarado represented BYU in the preliminary round of the men's 800 meters. Alvarado finished fifth in his heat and 13th overall; he will not be advancing to Saturday's final.
Friday was also the opening day of the men's heptathlon. Kevin Nielsen finished the day with a total of 3095 points. He sits 499 points out of first place and hopes to catch the front-runners during Saturday's events. For complete stats of the men's heptathlon, click here.
Track and field events continue on Saturday, when men's distance runner Clayton Young will represent BYU in the men's 3000 meters at 6:15 p.m. CST, and Shea Collinworth will be in the women's 800-meter final at 5:20 p.m. CST. The heptathlon will also conclude on Saturday.
For a full list of events, times and results as they are forthcoming, click here.