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Kenny Cox | Posted: 28 May 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Kenny Cox

Eight Cougars To NCAA Championships After Prelims


EUGENE, Ore. -- The final day of competition at the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Round featured one more athlete qualify for Nationals, and another qualify in a second event, bringing the BYU men’s track team total to eight qualifiers.

“We’ve got a pretty good group going, I think we can score some points at Nationals,” head coach Mark Robison said. “It’s too bad we couldn’t get more but that’s just the way it all works. We’ll definitely do alright.”

Junior Miles Batty ran his quarterfinal race in the 1,500 meters after moving on Thursday. He clocked a 3:46.94 and an 11th place finish to ensure a spot in at the NCAA Championships.

Two more athletes competed in field events for the Cougars. Senior Leif Arrhenius qualified for his second event, this time in the discus. Arrhenius threw for a mark of 59.87m (196-05.00) to advance. He also qualified in the shot put earlier in the meet.

Junior Kyle Mills missed out on qualifying for nationals but still performed well, jumping a best of 15.04m (49-04.25) in the triple jump.

In the 5,000 meters, sophomore Alden Bahr finished in 28th place overall with a time of 14:11.18. Senior Nathan Ogden finished in 14:34.93 for a 42nd place finish.

BYU’s 4x400 relay team ended its season with a 15th place finish. Sophomores Cade Lindahl, James Derek McAllister and Sean Adams along with junior Steven Hart ran a 3:09.56 to miss qualifying for Nationals by less than one second.

The Cougars’ eight representatives at the NCAA Championships will compete in seven different events including the pole vault, discus throw, shot put, high jump, 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase. Nationals will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on June 8-11.

For complete results from the NCAA West Regional Prelims CLICK HERE.

NCAA Championships Qualifiers

Chris Little (Pole vault)

Tanner Emrich (Pole vault)

Victor Weirich (Pole vault)

Trevor Heiner (High jump)

Leif Arrhenius (Shot put, Discus)

Miles Batty (1,500 meters)

Justin Hedin (800 meters)

Jacob Cosby (3,000-meter steeplechase)


Kenny Cox | Posted: 24 May 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Kenny Cox

BYU Heads to West Regional Prelims


PROVO, Utah -- In search of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, 26 athletes from the No. 17 BYU men’s track team will be heading to Eugene, Oregon for the NCAA West Regional Preliminary meet this weekend.

The regional prelims will feature competition from the best programs in the West. Seven of the top 10 teams from the US Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association poll will be competing in the West Division, including No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 5 Texas Tech and No. 6 USC.

“Every athlete is going to have to do extremely well,” head coach Mark Robison said. “We’ll have a lot of kids trying to make it against some great competition.”

To qualify for the NCAA Championships in June, an athlete must finish in 12th place or better of the 48 athletes competing in each event. Those top 12 will head to Des Moines, Iowa for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 8-11.

The Cougars’ 26 athletes will be competing in 13 different events. BYU will mostly participate in middle distance, longer distance races and field events. One relay squad, the 4x400 meter team will also look to qualify.

“Really, without any team scoring we are simply looking to qualify different athletes,” Robison said. “It is the only thing that matters at this point.”

This year’s team has already experienced tremendous success, winning its final Mountain West Conference Championship just a few weeks ago. BYU’s 12th-consecutive outdoor title gives the Cougars a complete sweep of outdoor competition in conference. The victory comes on the heels of a program-best third-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.

BYU is hopeful to qualify as many individuals for Nationals as possible. Many eyes will be on current 1500-meter school record holder, junior Miles Batty. The Sandy native currently has the fastest time on the nation at 3:36.25.

Senior Leif Arrhenius is another candidate to qualify and do well in both the shot put and discus throw. His discus mark (61.16m, 200-08.00) ranks as second in the NCAA. Also, his best shot put throw (18.96m, 62-02.50) is the eighth-best distance in the country.

Competition begins Thursday at 11 a.m. MT and will continue through Saturday evening at approximately 6 p.m. MT. The University of Oregon will provide a webcast on its website, and will begin coverage at 4:30 p.m. MT Thursday, 4 p.m. MT Friday and 2 p.m. MT Saturday.

To view live results CLICK HERE.

See a complete list of BYU's athletes competing below.

Justin Hedin (800m)

Miles Batty (1,500m)

Travis Fuller (1,500m)

Jared Rohatinsky (1,500m)

Reagan Frey (3,000m Steeplechase)

Josh Adams (3,000m Steeplechase)

Jacob Cosby (3,000m Steeplechase)

Benjamin Johnston (3,000m Steeplechase)

Alden Bahr (5,000m)

Nathan Ogden (5,000m)

Jared Ward (10,000m)

Brandon Hebbert (10,000m)

Rex Shield (10,000m)

Sean Adams (4x400 relay)

Cade Lindahl (4x400 relay)

James Derek McAllister (4x400 relay)

Chris Carter (4x400 relay)

Trevor Heiner (High jump)

Kyle Mills (Triple jump)

Victor Weirich (Pole vault)

Chris Little (Pole vault)

Tanner Emrich (Pole vault)

Leif Arrhenius (Shot put, discus throw)

Colby Barber (Shot put)

Oliver Whaley (Hammer throw)

Chris Reno (Javelin throw)