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It’s little surprise that Latter-day Saint track athlete Courtney Wayment moved quickly from winning a recent collegiate national championship to making her mark on the global professional stage.
Moving really, really quickly is what Wayment does best.
Just weeks after claiming the women’s steeplechase title at the 2022 NCAA track and field championships in a BYU uniform, Wayment donned a Team USA jersey and qualified for Wednesday night’s final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the world track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon.
On Saturday, July 16, the Layton, Utah, native finished fourth in the second of three heats — crossing the finish line just 0.57 of a second behind heat winner Alice Finot of France, who finished with a time of 9:14.34. The steeplechase race includes hurdles and water jumps.
Wayment’s heat time — the seventh-fastest of the day — was enough to secure her a spot in Wednesday’s prestigious world title race.
“My goal was to make the final. … I just want to put no limits on myself and give myself a shot,” she told a media gathering immediately after her qualifying heat.
Despite just coming off her outdoor collegiate season at BYU, Wayment said she felt fresh for the world championships. Her spirits were also boosted by encouragement she received from her college coach, Diljeet Taylor: “Have confidence and know that you belong here.”
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