BYU Wins Regional Coach and Athlete of the Year Awards

Head coach Mark Robison was named the Mountain Region Coach of the Year. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced junior Miles Batty as the Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year and men’s head coach Mark Robison as the Mountain Region Men’s Coach of the Year.

Batty, a junior, heads into this week’s Championships with the fastest time on the season in the 1500 meters at 3:36.25. That time is good enough to rank fifth-best all-time among collegians. Earlier this season, he won the Mountain West Conference title in the 1500 meters and finished sixth in the 800 meters to help lead BYU to the men’s team title. Batty is from Sandy, Utah.

Robison guided the Cougars to the Mountain West Conference title with 212 points, winning seven of 21 events. The Cougars have eight qualifiers for the NCAA Championships from a broad range of events including the pole vault, shot put, discus, high jump, 1,500 meters, 800 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase. BYU won the MWC title for the 12th time in a row and are ranked tenth nationally. BYU finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the region in the latest USTFCCCA rankings.