PROVO, Utah—On a beautiful day at the Clarence F. Robison Track, a large crowd was present to see All-American Miles Batty attempt to become just the second runner in history to complete a sub-four minute mile in the state of Utah. Batty made a valiant attempt at completing the sub-four mile, finishing in 4:04.53.
Jared Ward came in second in the seeded mile, with a time of 4:09.35.
Along with Batty, the BYU men’s track and field team found much success at the Robison Invitational, the Cougar’s last home meet of the 2012 season.
“I thought the meet went really, really well,” men’s head coach Mark Robison said. “There was good competition, we performed very well and the conditions were very nice. It was a fun, successful weekend.”
Jason Hinds also ran well in 200m, finishing second with a time of 21.42.
In the middle distances, Ryan Waite and Steven Hart finished third and fourth in the 400m, finishing with times of 48.42 and 48.56, respectively.
Justin Hedin secured the victory in the seeded 800m race with a time of 1:50.42, with Shaquille Walker coming in a close second in 1:51.15.
BYU pulled first place finishes in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The team of Charles, Hinds, James Ghormley and Cade Lindahl won the 4x100m in 40.60 while Rhyan Atrice, Chris Carter, Lindahl and Walker won the 4x400m in 3:12.38.
The Cougars had strong performances in the field events, with five first-place finishes and three events in which BYU finished one-two-three.
Colby Barber won the shot put, throwing 16.77m (55’ 00.25”), and Kyle Mills tied his personal record with his victory in the triple jump, jumping 15.36m (50’ 04.75”). Konrad Rywelski finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 13.94m (45’ 8.75”).
In the high jump, Russell Nielson secured first with a height of 2.14m (7’ 00.25”) and Adam Hine finished second by clearing the same height with more attempts, with Dakoda John coming in third jumping 2.08m (6’ 10.00”). With these jumps, the Cougars have had three athletes clear seven feet this season.
Brayden Bringhurst narrowly missed first place in the pole vault, clearing 4.92m (16’ 01.75”) in more attempts than the unattached Whitney Neves, and Tyler Brown came in second with a height of 4.77m (15’ 07.75”).
Although windy conditions hindered the javelin, Blaine Baker still secured the victory with a throw of 59.86m (196’ 04.75”) and Chris Reno and Keith Keller took second and third, throwing 58.20m (190’ 11.25”) and 55.04m (180’ 07.00”), respectively.
The Cougars continue their season on Wednesday, May 2 at the Weber State Twilight. Following the meet at Weber State, BYU will compete in its final regular season meet at Georgia Tech before beginning their postseason at the NCAA West Regional on May 24.
Final results from the BYU Robison Invitational can be found at runnercard.com.
Batty's Mile Main Event at Robison Invite
PROVO, Utah – Senior Miles Batty will attempt to become just the second runner in history to complete a sub-four minute mile in the state of Utah on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. MT at the annual BYU Robison Invitational.
Batty will attempt to join Olympian Doug Padilla on the short list of runners to finish a mile in under four minutes in the state of Utah. Padilla is currently the only member of that elite group.
Padilla ran the mile in 3:57.83 on May 21, 1983 on the BYU outdoor track and his feat has remained unmatched for nearly 29 years. Batty hopes to join Padilla on the Utah sub-four list and will look to break Padilla’s Utah mile record.
The mile, along with all other events, will be contested at the Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex. A full schedule of events is available at byutrack.com.
Barton County Community College, Boise State, Idaho State, Utah, Weber State and Westminster College will be among the teams in attendance at the meet. BCCC is a highly ranked junior college program that finished third at the 2012 NJCAA Indoor Championships.
In addition to Batty’s mile race, there will be several other events featuring premiere athletes.
Freshman Lexi Eaton will strive to improve her mark in the high jump that begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Eaton currently ranks 11th nationally in the high jump. Competing alongside Eaton will be senior All-Americans Diana Blauer and Ada Robinson.
The meet kicks off at 11 a.m. on Friday with the women’s hammer throw. The opening day will conclude with the men’s 5000-meters at 3:50 p.m. On Saturday, the men’s hammer will open the day at 10 a.m. and the men’s 4x400m will conclude the invitational at 4:25 p.m.
Admission to the meet is $5 and children five and under are free. Live results will be available on runnercard.com on Friday and Saturday.