BYU Porter 400mh

BYU senior Brenna Porter competes in the 400-meter hurdles finals in the NCAA Championship Meet at Austin, Texas, on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

The BYU women picked up a pair of fifth-place finishes on the final day of the NCAA Track and Field Meet in Austin, Texas.

The Cougars scored 10 points to finish tied for 25th in the team competition, which was won by Arkansas with 64 points.

BYU senior Brenna Porter ran a strong race and finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdle final in a time of 57.26. Last season, the senior from Ogden was honorable mention All-American as an 18th-place finisher at the NCAA finals. Anna Cockrell of USC won the race with a time of 55.23.

Erica Birk-Jarvis earned her first outdoor All-American honor by running a 9:46.47 in the 3000-meter steeplechase finals, good enough for fifth place. Allie Ostrander of Boise State was the winner in 9:37.73.

Whittni Orton, a junior from Panguitch, improved on her 19th place finish last season by earning eighth in the 1,500-meter final on Saturday. Orton ran a 4:17.73, with Sinclaire Johnson of Oklahoma State winning the race in 4:05.98.

Anna-Camp Bennett earned her first outdoor All-American citation with an eighth-place finish in the 800 meters (2:05.93). Texas A&M’s Jazmine Fray was the 800-meter champion in a time of 2:01.31.

Andrea-Stapleton Johnson, who had a collegiate-best leap of 6-foot-2 ¼ earlier this season, managed to clear 5-10 in the high jump final but missed twice at 5-11 ¼ to finish ninth. Stapleton-Johnson was eighth last season and 16th as a freshman two years ago.

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