Robert W. Tobler Athlete Profile

Robert W. Tobler

Robert W. Tobler
Position: 400 Meters Hall of Fame: 1977

1977 Hall of Fame Inductee

Bob was born in Richfield, Utah, in 1942. During his track career at BYU, and later in the U.S. Army, he won nearly 60 medals and 40 trophies, watches, and plaques in recognition of his running ability.

The 400-meter sprint was Bob’s specialty. He tied for first place in this event at the 1964 NCAA Championships. His fastest time was 45.9 seconds, which was still the fastest time for a BYU runner in this event through 1976.

In 1964, Bob was named All-Conference Champion in the 400-meters. He received All-American honors in the 400-meter and mile relay. A four-time All-American, his participation in WAC, NCAA, and AAU events was successful enough to qualify him for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1964. After his college career, he competed in track events for two years in the Army.

Bob received his B.S. degree in physical education from BYU in 1965. He returned to earn his master’s degree in 1972. He has served as Work Coordinator for the YCC program.