Men's Track & Field Blog | 2012

McAdams advances to 3,000 meter steeplechase final

Jun 25, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:57 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar Josh McAdams (2004-2006) ran in the 3,000 meter steeplechase preliminary at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials on Monday and advanced to the final. McAdams, represented by New Balance, ran the race in 8:31.15 and finished fifth in his heat to automatically move on to Thursday's final.

For McAdams to make the Olympic Team, he will have to finish in the top three and achieve the Olympic A Standard time of 8:23.10. In 2008 McAdams represented the US at the Olympics in Beijing and finished ninth in opening round. At BYU, McAdams was the NCAA National Champion in the steeplechase at the 2006 NCAA National Championships.

Walker and Sork's winning race at the USA Junior Championships

Jun 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:59 am | Permalink

It has been chronicled here on BYUcougars.com that Shaquille Walker won the 800 meters at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships last weekend and has qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Barcelona. What has not been mentioned is that the second-place finisher who also qualified for the World Junior Championships is BYU signee Tanner Sork from Camas, Wash.

As you can see in the video below, Sork was in the top two or three throughout the race, fell back to fourth before sprinting ahead to take second right at the end. Sork came into the race ranked No. 1 in the nation among high school runners in the 800 meters. We'll have more on both Walker and Sork as the World Junior Championships approach.

Video of Shaquille Walker after winning 800 meters at USA Junior Championships

Jun 18, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:09 pm | Updated: June 18, 2012 4:10 pm | Permalink

Shaquille Walker discusses his victory in the 800 meter final at the 2012 USA Junior Track and Field Championships on June 16. Walker will represent the U.S. at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona from July 10 to 15.

Successful first day at USA Junior Championships

Jun 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:37 pm | Updated: June 16, 2012 12:08 am | Permalink

Freshmen Shaquille Walker and Kevin Nielsen had a successful first day at the USA Junior Championships on Friday in Bloomington, Ind.

In the 800 meter prelims, Walker won his heat and had the second-best time of the day of 1:50.97. By winning his heat, Walker automatically advances to the 800 meter final on Saturday.

Nielsen is in third in the decathlon with five events behind him. His point total of 3,811 puts him 251 points behind the leader, Gunnar Nixon from Arkansas. Nielsen's highest-scoring events of the day were the long jump (7.03m for 821 points) and the 400 meters (49.82 for 823 points). The remaining events include the 110 meter hurdles, the discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1,500 meters.

Walker and Nielsen are competing for a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona from July 10 to 15.

Walker and Nielsen to compete at USA Junior Championships

Jun 13, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:26 pm | Updated: June 13, 2012 4:35 pm | Permalink

Two BYU freshman will compete at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind., this weekend, June 15 to 17. Shaquille Walker will compete in the 800 meters and Kevin Nielsen will compete in the decathlon.

The meet will include the nation’s best high school standouts and college freshmen and will be held at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University.

This weekend’s meet will serve as a qualifier for the IAAF World Junior Championships. Top performers will be part of the American team that will compete in Barcelona, Spain, from July 10 to July 15.

During the indoor season Walker was a member of the distance medley relay team that won the MPSF Championship and set the all-time BYU record with a time of 9:29.00. He also posted his best indoor 800 meter time of 1:49.41 at the UW Qualifier in March.

Outdoors, Walker earned second-team All-America honors as a member of BYU’s 4x400 meter relay team. He also advanced to the NCAA Division I West Preliminary in the 800 meters. Walker’s best outdoor 800 meter time of 1:49.84 came at the Rafer/JJK UCLA Invitational.

Nielsen posted decathlon scores of 6,588 at the Robison Invitational and 7,030 at the SDSU Aztec Track & Field Invitational. He is ranked No. 61 in the nation and No. 7 among all freshmen.

BYU athletes have acheived great success at the Junior Championships. In 2006, Chris Carter won the USA Junior Championships in the 400 meter hurdles and went on to win the World Junior Championships. That same year Amy Fowler took second at the USA meet and eighth at the World meet.

More recently, Chase Dalton and Curtis Carr competed in the USA and World junior meets in 2008 in the decathlon and 3,000 meter steeplechase, respectively. Dalton won the U.S. title with a score of 7,202 while Carr won the steeplechase in 8:55.64. At Worlds, Carr finished 10th (8:53.79) and Dalton took 11th (7,174).

Batty looking to qualify for Olympics

Jun 13, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:14 am | Updated: June 13, 2012 1:46 pm | Permalink

UPDATE (June 13, 1:45 p.m. MT): Batty's situation got a little more interesting as he recently announced via Twitter that he broke his wrist diving for the finish line at nationals. Don't worry, he convinced his doctor to not put him in a hard cast so he can run at the trials.

With a successful collegiate career in the rearview mirror that included two national championships and six all-America honors, Miles Batty is now focused on making the U.S. Olympic Team in the 1,500 meters.

To qualify for the team, Batty must accomplish two things: finish in the top three at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and achieve the Olympic A Standard. Batty will attempt to check the latter off of his to do list this weekend in Indianapolis.

The Olympic A Standard for the 1,500 meters is 3:35.50. Batty’s career mark is 3:37.50, a time he clocked at the Occidental High Performance Meet earlier this season. By taking care of the Olympic A Standard this weekend, Batty will be able to focus on a top three finish at the Olympic Trials and not worry about his time.

The Olympic Trials will be held June 21 to July 1 at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The qualifying round for the 1,500 meters is on June 28 with the semifinals scheduled for the 29th. The finals will be held July 1.

While Batty is moving on to a bigger stage with brighter lights, let’s take a moment to reflect on his incredible BYU career that included the aforementioned All-America honors and national championships as well as numerous academic awards.

Cross Country

  • USTFCCCA All-American (2010, 2011)
  • WCC Individual Champion (2011)
  • MWC Individual Champion and Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year (2010)
  • Mountain Region Athlete of the Year and Mountain Region Champion (2011)
  • Second-place at the Mountain Regional (2009, 2010)
  • First-team all-conference (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • All-Region (2009, 2010, 2011)

Indoor Track

  • NCAA record holder in the mile with a time of 3:54.54 at the 2012 Millrose Games
  • NCAA National Champion in the mile and the distance medley relay (2011)
  • USTFCCCA All-American in the mile and distance medley relay (2011, 2012)
  • USTFCCCA National Men's Track Athlete of the Year (2011)
  • USTFCCCA Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year (2012)
  • MPSF champion in the 800 meters and distance medley relay (2012)
  • MWC mile champion (2011)
  • MWC All-Conference (mile 2009, 2011, distance medley relay 2009, 2011)

Outdoor Track

  • USTFCCCA All-American in the 1,500 meters (2011, 2012)
  • USTFCCCA Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year (2011)
  • MWC All-Conference (1500m 2009, 1500m 2011, 800m 2011)

Academic Honors

  • Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship recipient (2012)
  • Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for Men's Track & Field and Cross Country (2011)
  • Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American (2011)
  • Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District (2011, 2012)
  • USTFCCCA Division I Indoor Scholar Athlete of the Year (2011)
  • MPSF Scholar-Athlete (2012)
  • MWC Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-MWC (2011)
  • WCC All-Academic (2011)

Same place, same event, 42 years later

Jun 07, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:58 am | Updated: June 8, 2012 9:52 am | Permalink

When Chris Carter advanced to the final of the 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday, his performance stirred up memories of Ralph Mann, one of BYU's greatest track athletes who competed in the same event more than 40 years ago. Mann competed for BYU from 1969 to 1971 and was a three-time NCAA National Champion in the 440 yard hurdles (same event, different unit of measurement).

In 1969 he won the title in Knoxville, Tenn., and tied the NCAA meet record in a time of 49.6. The next season at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, the same location as this year's championships, Mann made history by winning the event for a second-straight year and breaking the world record with a time of 48.74 on June 20, 1970. His performance helped the Cougars win a share of the national championship and earned him the title of US College Track and Field Athlete of the Year from Track and Field News.

Mann completed the three year sweep of the 440 yard hurdles the next year in Seattle. He went on to win the silver medal in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

While records are unlikely to fall in Friday's final (American record: 46.78; College record: 47.56), it is an exciting coincidence that a BYU athlete will be competing in the same event where Mann made history 42 years ago. Watch Carter compete in the final on Friday at 5:35 p.m. CT on ESPN3.com.