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Courtney Wayment, a Brigham Young University collegiate champion from Kaysville, Utah, is heading to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Wayment earned a spot on the teams when she came in second in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon, on Thursday, June 27. The top three made the team.

The steeplechase includes hurdles and a water obstacle. Thursday’s race saw the top nine runners post personal best times.

Wayment, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, finished with a time of 9:06.50, making her the fourth-fastest American ever, reported the Deseret News. Previously, her personal record was 9:09.91 from 2022.

Valerie Constien, who competed in the 2020 Olympics, was first with 9:03.22, a personal best and a U.S. trial record. Constien tore her ACL a year ago. In third was former Boise State All-American Marisa Howard with a time of 9:07.14.

In the trials in 2021 for Tokyo, Wayment was fourth.

“That fourth place never leaves you.”

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