Rory Linkletter
Last School
Herriman High School
Roster Years


  • Born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Parents are Jason Linkletter and Tara Thompson
  • Has three brothers and two sisters
  • Married to Jill van Mierlo, a former BYU gymnast
  • Sister, Jalyn, was a Louisville cheerleader
  • Favorite quote from Coach Eyestone: "Whatever you do, do your best"
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minor: Communications
  • Also recruited by Portland, Northern Arizona and Ole Miss
  • Ran for Team Canada Cross Country at World Championships in 2015

Before BYU

  • 5A runner-up in 1600m
  • First finisher on fastest Utah 4A cross country team ever in 2012
  • All-state twice in cross country and four times in track in high school
  • High school coach is James Barnes
  • Started cross country in ninth grade after a friend dragged him to a summer workout


2018: Senior
Place Event Time Distance
3 BYU Autumn Classic 20:56.6 7k
9 Notre Dame Joe Piane Invite 24:06.7 5 miles
1 Pre-Nationals Invitational (White Race) 23:54.4 8k
4 West Coast Conference Championships 23:31.9 8k
8 NCAA Mountain Region Championships 29:26.4 10k
22 NCAA National Championships 29:42.5 10k
2017: Junior
Place Event Time Distance
1 BYU Autumn Classic 19:25.8 4 miles
2 Bill Dellinger Invitational  23:43.4 8k
1 Pre-Nationals Invitational 23:08.4 8k
4 West Coast Conference Championships 23:29.0 8k
2 NCAA Mountain Region Championships 30:14.6 10k
39 NCAA National Championships 29:59.04 10k
2016: Sophomore
Place Event Time Distance
3 BYU Autumn Classic 20:11.1 4 miles
9 Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational 24:06.2 8k
1 Steven Reeder Memorial Invitational 28:20.2 8.8k
22 Wisconsin Nuttycomb Invitational 24:20.5 8k
4 WCC Championships 24:32.6 8k
32 NCAA Championships 30:19.5 10k
2015: Freshman
Place Event Time Distance
14 BYU Autumn Classic* 20:53.2 4 miles
18 WCC Preview 25:23.8 8k
16 Wisconsin Adidas Invitational "B" race 24:53.7 8k

Men's Track and Field Athlete Profile * - Unattached

BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2014

  • Took third place at Junior Canadian Cross Country Championships (19 and under) which qualified him for World Junior Cross Country Championships in China as well as the Pan American Junior Championships in Columbia.
Sophmore Year 2016

  • Competed in the NCAA Cross Country Championships and took 32nd overall (30:19.5)
  • Was named an All-American for his top-40 finish as Nationals
Junior Year 2017

  • Finished first of 282 runners at the Pre-National Invitational in the 8k race (23:08.4)
  • Placed 39th (29:59.04) at the NCAA National Championships and was named an All-American for his top-40 finish
  • Helped BYU to its perfect score at the West Coast Conference Championships with his fourth place finish (23:29.0)
  • Finished second at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships (30:14.6)
Senior Year 2018

  • Named to the All-WCC First Team after a fourth-place finish at the WCC Championships
  • Received All-Region honors with eighth-place finish at the NCAA Mountain Regional
  • Received All-America honors after placing 22nd at the NCAA National Championships
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year