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Media Day Web Chats

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:16 am | Updated: June 27, 2012 10:17 am | Permalink

Check out photos from the live web chats with Tom Holmoe, Trevor Matich and Michael Minor.

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.

College Football Performance Awards Watch List - Special Teams

Jun 25, 2012 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 11:59 am | Permalink

A strong returning special teams class for BYU dots the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Special Teams Watch Lists released on Monday with four players listed.

Senior punter Riley Stephenson and junior placekicker Justin Sorensen were both named to the CFPA Specialist Trophy watch list. BYU was the only team with two players on the list.

Stephenson recorded 1,985 yards on 47 punts, an average of 42.2 yards per punt, in 2011 on his way to being named to the Yahoo! Sports All-Independent First Team, Phil Steele All-Independent First Team and an FBS All-Independent Honorable Mention. The senior also earned's All-Bowl Team honors with 8 punts for 335 yards, an average of 41.9 yards, including seven inside the 20 and two over 50 yards vs. Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Handling kickoff and field goal duties for BYU last year, Sorensen averaged 66.6 yards per kickoff and converting a school-record 48 of 48 PATs on the season. The South Jordan, Utah, native was a Phil Steele All-Independent First Team and FBS Independent Honorable Mention honoree.

Junior kick returner/wide receiver Cody Hoffman is on the CFPA All-Purpose Trophy watch list. Hoffman became BYU's single-season leader in kickoff returns (36) and kickoff return yards (879) in 2011 while also totaling 61 catches for 943 yards and 10 touchdowns as the Cougars' leading receiver. In all, the junior racked up 1,825 all-purpose yards, the sixth-best single-season mark in BYU history.

In addition, JD Falslev was named to the Punt Returner Trophy watch list after tieing for 29th nationally in punt return average last season at 10.0 yards per return. A Phil Steele All-Independent First Team honoree in 2011, Falslev returned 22 punts for 220 yards on the year, including a 67-yard return for a touchdown at TCU. He was the only player from a D-I Indepedent team to be on the punt returner list.

In 2009, BYU tight end Dennis Pitta was awarded an Elite Tight End Trophy following a senior season in which he was also named a Consensus All-American. Various other Cougars have also earned weekly recognitions since the CFPA began in 2008.

According to its website, the goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.



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 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.

Hartsock invited to Utah Jazz pre-draft workout

Jun 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:08 pm | Updated: June 16, 2012 3:15 pm | Permalink

Former BYU Cougar Noah Hartsock has been invited to a pre-draft workout with the Utah Jazz on Saturday at the Zions Bank Basketball Center. Hartsock was BYU's leading scorer this past season at 16.8 points per game and led the Cougars to a 26-9 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. He earned All-WCC and All-District honors. Here is the press release from the Jazz.

SALT LAKE CITY (June 15, 2012) – In preparation for the 2012 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz will hold pre-draft workouts on Saturday, June 16 at the team’s practice facility, Zions Bank Basketball Center (1414 South 500 West).  Six players will work out for the Jazz basketball staff.  Media availability will begin on the court immediately following the workout; media members are encouraged to arrive by 10:45 a.m. (MT).

Draft profiles for each player are attached and are also available via the Jazz’s online press room (  High resolution headshots of each player are also provided through the site.  Please use the user name media and the password utahjazz to access the site.

Audio from the workouts will be available on the online press room shortly following each session.

The Jazz currently holds the 47th overall selection in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft, which will take place on June 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School
Kim English G 6-6 220 Missouri
Jorge Gutierrez G 6-3 195 California
Noah Hartsock F 6-8 230 BYU
Robbie Hummel F 6-8 215 Purdue
Toure' Murry G 6-5 195 Wichita State
Malik Wayns G 6-2 200 Villanova

Chris Miles doing good on and off the court

Jun 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:52 pm | Updated: June 18, 2012 10:51 am | Permalink

The Deseret News posted an article online today about former Cougar big man Chris Miles. The 6-foot-11 center is coming off a successful season with the Hanau White Wings in Germany where he averaged 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds. He helped Hanau to a 13-9 record and a spot in the postseason. 

According to Dick Harmon's Deseret News article, Miles attended a major workout in Chicago in front of NBA scouts and was told that he stood out. With the Jazz, Knicks, Hornets and Lakers in attendance, here's hoping Miles gets a shot with an NBA team.

The main focus of Harmon's article was the charity work Miles is involved with. Miles is working with TSXL to benefit the Eaton Alliance, which assists people with autism. Miles and TSXL will host a gourmet dinner and auction at The Manor at the Shops at Riverwoods on June 25 at 5:30 p.m. BYU coach Dave Rose will be the guest speaker and vacations, sports equipment, hunting and fishing trips and more will be auctioned off. Visit for more information.

Check out this article written by Harmon when Miles was playing for BYU. Miles has two younger brothers who are autistic and he was very involved in caring for his brothers while growing up.

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)