Batty looking to qualify for Olympics

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

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)