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Why BYU?


Winning TraditionBYU’s men’s cross country team produced the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Champion, Josh Rohatinsky. In addition, the team has won eight conference titles since 2000 and two Mountain Region championships -- in 2009 and 2011. They have also finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships for 12 years straight, finishing 6th in 2012.


Coaching StaffEd Eyestone enters his 14th season as the head coach for the men’s cross country team. Before coaching for BYU, Coach Eyestone was a 10-time All-American as an athlete at BYU. In his return, Coach Eyestone has guided his team to nine conference titles and two Mountain Region titles. Thus far, Coach Eyestone has never had a team finish outside the top-25 at the NCAA Championships.



Competitive ScheduleThe Cougars have the opportunity to run against some of the top schools in the nation each year, including such powerhouses as Stanford, Portland and Colorado. With as many as two home meets in addition to several national and international competitions, the teams have various experience-building opportunities.


UniversityBrigham Young University, the largest private university in the nation, has an outstanding academic reputation and a strong commitment to athletics. Named the “best value” private college by The Princeton Review in 2005, the university offers a unique and beneficial experience to the attending students and faculty.



AcademicsBYU has a high commitment to the success of the student-athletes. A full-time Academic Advisement staff, mentor and tutor programs, and a member of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, the university offers assistance at many different levels of the education process.


ExposureMany of BYU’s student athletic competitions are broadcast on BYUtv, which is available in 17 million homes nationwide via Dish Network and DirectTV and on cable in Northern Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Nevada.  Local cable providers can be contacted for more information.



Athletic TrainingBYU has a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center with nearly 10,000 feet of working space that ranks among the nation’s best. It features 106 stations to accommodate both female and male athletes. BYU’s strength and conditioning staff includes certified athletic trainers, a sports physical therapist, a team physician, team orthopedic surgeons and a wide variety of other medical specialists. The staff has experienced excellent results through its computer-analyzed combination of a strict weight and conditioning program, a carefully planned diet and sufficient rest.