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BYU track finishes with six First-Team All-Americans, with Sargent and Allphin capping off nationals

By Zach Hunter - BYU sports information | Jun 8, 2024

Courtesy BYU Photo

BYU's Sadie Sargent competes in the 5,000-meter race during the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

BYU’s Sadie Sargent and Cierra Tidwell Allphin secured First Team All-America status on Saturday afternoon as the Cougars wrapped up competition at the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

BYU concluded the national meet with six First Team All-Americans split evenly with three on the women’s side and three on the men’s side.

On Saturday, Sadie Sargent finished eighth overall in the finals of the 5,000-meters running 15:30.63. Sargent sat in 11th for a majority of the race but accelerated in the final laps and leaned at the finish to secure All-American status. In the final outdoor race of her collegiate career not only did Sargent set a personal best by four seconds but now owns the third-fastest time in program history and fastest time every run by a Cougar at the national meet.

“I’m very grateful for the journey and for Coach [Diljeet] Taylor believing in me through all of these years,” Sargent said. “I’m also grateful for my teammates. I trained with some of the best women in the nation, and they pushed me to get to this point.”

Cierra Tidwell Allphin cleared 1.87m/6-1.5 in the high jump to tie for seventh overall and earn First Team All-American status. The senior became the fourth female BYU high jumper to become a six-time All-American. Tidwell Allphin secured a season best in the event which also featured three jumpers that cleared 1.97m/6-5.5.

“All offseason I’ve been struggling to get back up to those higher heights,” Allphin said. “I’m really happy that I could get a season-best today.”

Gretchen Hoekstre earned Honorable Mention All-American accolades after throwing 50.83m/166-9 in the discus. The junior from Seaside, Oregon finished 22nd in the event two weeks after breaking the school record at the preliminary rounds in Fayetteville, Ark.

Taylor Lovell finished ninth in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal best time of 9:48.39 as the freshman secured Honorable Mention All-American status. Her time is also the sixth-fastest in program history.

The other Cougar women’s track athlete to earn First Team All-American honors was Jenna Hutchins, who was sixth in the 10,000-meters on Thursday night.

The BYU men’s track First Team All-Americans were Danny Bryant (fourth overall in the shot put), Dallin Shurts (eighth overall in the discus), and Cameron Bates (eighth overall in the javelin).

In the team competition, the Cougar women came in 39th overall, while the BYU men ended up tied for 40th. The Arkansas women and Florida men won the team championships.

Courtesy BYU Photo

BYU’s Cierra Tidwell Allphin competes in the high jump during the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

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