2002 Hall of Fame Inductee
At 6’1”, BYU thrower Anna Mosdell Jack certainly had the stature to succeed in track. Anna, however also brought talent, grace, and style, as well as a great deal of strength, to her competitions. No wonder Brigham Young University’s sixth female national champion is remembered for her accomplishments.
Anna came to BYU in 1989 after a summer full of competitions and honors: Canadian Summer Games champion, Canadian Junior National champion and fifth in the Pan American Championships held in Argentina.
Proving her skill and talent her first season on the track team, she placed second in the discus and shot put at the 1990 High Country Athletic Conference Championships and was named a Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete.
Anna claimed the discus crown at the 1991 NCAA Championships with a BYU record of 183 feet 10 inches, a triumph that gave her All-American status. She also had the distinction of becoming the first Canadian thrower to win an NCAA competition.
During that same 1991 season, Anna won the discus throw at the Western Athletic Championships and was named to the All-HCAC and All-WAC track and field teams.
Participating as a member of the Canadian National Track team, Anna found that her summers were as busy with competitions as were her months at school. In 1991 she won Canadian discus titles in both junior and senior divisions and competed with the team in foreign meets. She also placed first in the discus at both the Canadian Provincial and National Championships and finished ninth in the discus at the 1991 World University Games.
Anna repeated her victories in 1992 as she placed first in both the WAC and NCAA Championships. She was also named WAC Track Athlete of the Week twice in 1992, and earned Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete honors.
In 1994 she became the Canadian National Discus champion and earned her place on the Alberni District Senior Secondary Wall of Fame.
Anna graduated from BYU in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education; she also earned a bachelor’s in education in 2000 from Malaspina University-College. She has been honored for her educational achievements and is currently a teacher in British Columbia, where she lives with her husband, Al; son, Ethan; foster children, Cassandra and Shaun; and two dogs and a cat. She has been the local high school’s throwing coach since 1995 and has participated in local softball, volleyball, and soccer leagues.