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BYU’s Courtney Wayment runs NCAA-leading time in Millrose Games

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Courtney Wayment stretches

Courtney Wayment poses for a portrait at the Robison Track and Field Complex at BYU in Provo on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The L7 stretch helps Wayment to jump over barriers in the steeple chase.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

BYU’s Courtney Wayment competed against a field of professional athletes in the prestigious Millrose Games Saturday in New York City and came away with a sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run and the fastest collegiate time in the nation.

Wayment, the defending NCAA 3,000-meter champion, recorded a time of 8:50.05, less than a half-second short of Whittni Orton’s school record of 8:49.63. Orton, the newly crowned NCAA cross-country champion, competed in the same race and finished ninth with a time of 8:46.53. Wayment was the only collegian in the race, which was won by Alicia Monson with a world-leading time of 8:31.62.

Conner Mantz, the 2020 and 2021 NCAA cross-country champ from BYU who turned professional this winter, finished fifth in the men’s 3,000-meter run with a personal-record time of 7:41.43 The race was won by Geordie Beamish, who set a New Zealand national record of 7:39.50.

Another former BYU star, Anna Camp Bennett, the 2021 NCAA 1,500-meter champ who also has turned professional, placed 11th in the mile run with a time of 4:37.58. The race was won by Olympian andUSA national champion Elle Purrier St. Pierre in a world-leading time of 4:19.30.