Makenna Myler, the new mom and former BYU runner, will compete in the finals of the 10,000-meter run Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. She is a long shot to qualify for the Olympic team (the top three finishers), but she is one of the meet’s best stories.
Since giving birth to her first child seven months ago, she has run the fastest times of her career at several distances. She gained internet fame by running a 5:25 mile while nine months pregnant (her husband recorded a video of the feat).
Several athletes with Utah connections competed on Friday, but none advanced to the next round.
— BYU’s Ashton Riner was 20th in the qualifying round of the javelin with a throw of 153-3.
— Zach Blackham, a former BYU athlete from Orem, was 17th in the high jump with a clearance of 7-0 1/4.
— Kate Sorensen, a Weber State senior from Gunnison, was 20th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.45.
— Talem Franco, a BYU senior from Heber, finished 10th in his heat and 21st overall in the semifinals of the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:46.37.
— Dillon Maggard, a former Utah State athlete, was ninth in his heat and 20th overall in the semifinals of the 1,500.