Former BYU track and cross country All-American Jason Pyrah will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Jan. 26 at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.
A native of Willard, Mo., Pyrah was a four-time NCAA track and two-time NCAA cross country All-American at BYU. Following his career as a Cougar he represented the United States in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was the USA Indoor Mile Track Champion in 2000. Pyrah has competed on six continents and in more than 20 different countries and has run a sub four-minute mile more than 30 times.
“Jason was a fantastic athlete — someone who you could always rely on,” said BYU track coach Mark Robison. “No matter what, he always brought everything to race day. He didn’t vacillate; he was just consistent. And driven — man, was he driven.”
Before coming to BYU, Pyrah was a five-time high school track All-American and a six-time Missouri state track champion. At one time, he held four Missouri state track records (two of which he still holds) and in 1987 ran the fastest mile of any high school athlete in the nation. In 2006, Pyrah was inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame. Some of the memorabilia from his career is on display in Legacy Hall in the Student Athlete Building at BYU.