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BYU track: Linkletter, Collinsworth named 2017 first-team All-Americans

Shea Collinsworth
Shea Collinsworth
Jaren Wilkey, BYU

As BYU concluded the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships during the weekend, Rory Linkletter and Shea Collinsworth headlined honors given by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Linkletter and Collinsworth were named first-team All-Americans. Linkletter placed No. 2 in the 10,000m with a time of 29:02.96, the Cougars’ best finish in that race at the NCAAs since Ed Eyestone won in 1984 and 1985. Collinsworth finished fourth in the 800m with a mark of 2:02.30 to cap off her fourth and final appearance at the NCAA outdoor championships.

Jacob Heslington, Clayton Young, Korey Smith and Tatenda Tsumba garnered second-team All-America honors. Heslington and Young recorded 10th-place finishes in the 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m, respectively, while Smith ranked No. 16 in the 400m-hurdles. Tsumba also finished 16th with a strong performance in the 200m.

Kristi Rush-Briggs and Andrea Stapleton represented the female athletes with second-team honors. Rush-Briggs placed 14th in the 3,000m steeplechase, and Stapleton finished 16th in the high jump.

BYU’s honorable mention All-Americans included Mitchell Briggs (3,000m steeplechase), Daniel Carney (3,000m steeplechase), Chase Horrocks (1,500m), Max Scheible (400m-hurdles), Zachary Stetler (shot put), Tsumba (100m), Jackson Walker (decathlon), Young (10,000m) and Whittni Orton (1,500m).

First-team honors were given to athletes who finished top eight in their individual events. Athletes who placed No. 9 through No. 16 were named second-team All-Americans, while those who finished 17th through 24th earned honorable mention.

The official USTFCCCA release and a complete list of honorees can be found on the USTFCCCA website.

Sydney Jorgensen is the men's tennis SID at Brigham Young University. Contact her at tennis_sid@byu.edu