Jill Holiday Linford Athlete Profile

Jill Holiday Linford

Jill Holiday Linford
Position: Distance Height: 5-6 Roster Years: 1983-1986 Hometown: Broomfield, CO Hall of Fame: 1996

  • 1996 Women's Cross Country




All-America

  • 1983 USTFCA 2-mile relay (Indoor)
  • 1985 USTFCA 3,000 meters (Outdoor)

1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

Newspaper subscribers became familiar with the headline "Cougar Runners Dominate Meet" during the collegiate career of Jill Holiday Linford. Written underneath the headlines were articles that aften included a description of Jill's extraordinary running abilities.

Coming to BYU as a walk-on from Broomfield, Colorado, Jill proved to be a great asset to the team and after her freshman year was offered a full scholarship. The Cougars would receive staggering returns on their investment.

Holiday was a four-time All-American, winning honors in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. She received two of those All-America Awards in 1983: the first as a member of the Cougars' fourth-place two-mile relay team and the second for placing 22nd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships (17:16).

In 1984, with a time of 16:58.1, she placed 23rd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships to claim her third All-America award. Then in 1985 she finished fourth in the 3,000-meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (9:17.67) for her fourth All-America recognition.

She was named All-HCAC five times during her years as a Cougar - four times in cross country and once for winning the 5,000-meters at the conference track championships.

Headlines that read "Holiday Finishes First" were nothing new to Jill when she came to BYU, but her impressive abilities continued to make news. She took first place in the NCAC/NCAA Region VII Cross Country Championships in both 1984 and 1985. She also placed first among BYU runners at cross country nationals in 1983, 1984, and 1985, leading the team to top 10 finishes all three years.

Named Academic All-HCAC, she was a Cougar Club Academic Athlete in 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1985. She also received the prestigious Leona B. Holbrook Spirit of Sport Ward, the highest annual award given to a BYU female athlete, during the 1985-86 school year.

Jill's impressive career is further defined by the indoor and outdoor records she still held more than 10 years after finishing her collegiate eligibility. She held the BYU record for the indoor two-mile (10:03.40); she also held the second best all-time marks in the 1,500-meters (4:25.57) and the 3,000-meters (9:18.72). Outdoors, Jill held the BYU record for the 5,000-meters (16:02.00) and has clocked one of the fastest outdoor 3,000-meter times in school history (9:17.67).

Jill's natural talent, her hard work, and her tough-minded, competitive attitude all contributed to her success - and to the many headlines that described her career at BYU.

Personal

  • Majored in elementary education

Career Highlights

  • Four-time All-American
  • Named All-HCAC five times, four times in cross country and once for winning the 5,000-meters at the conference track championships
  • Took first place in the NCAC/NCAA Region VII Cross Country Championships in 1984 and 1985
  • Placed first among BYU runners at cross country nationals in 1983, 1984 and 1985
  • Named Academic All-HCAC and Cougar Club Academic Athlete all four years
  • Also received the Leona B. Holbrook Spirit of Sport Award during the 1985-86 school year

Before BYU

  • Came to BYU as a walk-on from Broomfield, Colo.

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1996

Stats

BYU Indoor Record Holder: 3000m- 9:32.17; Two Mile- 10:03.40
BYU Outdoor Record Holder: 3000m- 9:17.67; 5000m- 16:02.00


1983 | Freshman Year

  • Earned All-America honor for cross country by placing 23rd at NCAA Cross Country Nationals
  • Named to All-HCAC cross country team for second place finish at HCAC Championship meet
  • Placed first in the 1500m at the HCAC Outdoor Championships, earning All-HCAC honors
  • Named Cougar Club Academic Athlete

1984 | Sophomore Year

  • Placed fourth in the NCAA Championships in the 3000 meters, earning an All-America award
  • Named All-HCAC in cross country
  • Placed first in NCAA Region VII cross country championships
  • Placed first among BYU runners at the NCAA Cross Country Championships
  • Named Academic All-HCAC
  • Named Cougar Club Academic Athlete

1985 | Junior Year

  • Named All-HCAC
  • Took first place in the NCAC/NCAA Region VII Cross Country Championships 
  • Placed first among BYU runners at cross country nationals and led the team to a top 10 finish
  • Named Cougar Club Academic Athlete

1986 | Senior Year

  • Received the prestigious Leona B. Holbrook Spirit of Sport Ward, the highest annual award given to a BYU female athlete
  • Held the BYU record for the indoor two-mile (10:03.40)
  • Also held the second best all-time marks in the 1,500-meters (4:25.57) and the 3,000-meters (9:18.72)
  • Held the BYU record for the outdoor 5,000-meters (16:02.00)
  • Clocked one of the fastest outdoor 3,000-meter times in school history (9:17.67)