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BYU's Linkletter finishes 2nd in NCAA 10K, best Cougar finish since 1985

By Sean Walker | Posted - Jun. 7, 2017 at 10:32 p.m.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Rory Linkletter’s second trip to the NCAA track and field championships has netted a medal for BYU.

The Canadian sophomore who prepped at Herriman High School finished second in the 10,000 meters with a time of 29 minutes, 2.96 seconds Wednesday at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

Linkletter’s final lap of 55.77 seconds helped him pull away for a second-place finish to Tulsa’s Marc Scott, who won the event with a time of 29:01.54. Butler’s EriK Peterson was third at 29:04.74.

Linkletter’s finish is the best by a BYU distance runner since the college days of head coach Ed Eyestone, who won the NCAA national championship in the 10,000 meter in 1985.

Cougar Clayton Young finished 17th with a time of 29:39.80.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, BYU's Jacob Heslington posted a mark of 8:43.23 to finish seventh overall and clinch a spot in the final heat on Friday.

Tennessee’s Christian Coleman set a collegiate record in the 100-meter semifinals with a time of 9.82 seconds in a heat where BYU sprinter Tatenda Tsumba finished seventh at 10.29.

The championships will continue Thursday on ESPN with a handful of BYU athletes, including Shea Collinsworth’s semifinal in the 800-meter run and Jackson Walker’s decathlon finish.

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