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With 18 top-20 finishes since 2000 for the BYU men's cross country team, the Cougar distance squad continues to be a strong force among the nation's elite. Domination at the conference level has only been part of the success of Eyestone’s team of talented runners. In the 2006 season, senior Josh Rohatinsky did what only his coach had done at BYU before: He brought home the National Champion title.

Coach Ed Eyestone

The team benefits from the outstanding coaching skills of two-time Olympian Ed Eyestone. Eyestone’s ability to mold already gifted athletes into national powerhouses has developed BYU’s reputation as one of the top distance schools nationwide. The Cougars have qualified for Nationals every year since Eyestone’s arrival in 2000. The 2019 men's cross country national championship is a culmination of the stellar contributions of past athletes, current athletes and a staff that spends countless hours preparing BYU to compete at the highest level each season.

Professional Runners from BYU

Upon graduation, many of the nation’s elite are offered endorsements to continue their running at a professional level. BYU has had several athletes currently compete professionally following their BYU careers:

Clayton Young
Josh McAdams
Kyle Perry
Josh Rohatinsky
Miles Batty
Jared Ward


2016Jared WardMarathon (sixth)
2008Josh McAdams3,000m Steeple
2000Jason Pyrah1,500m (10th)
1996Jason Pyrah1,500m
1992Ed EyestoneMarathon
1988Henry Marsh3,000m Steeple
1988Doug Padilla5,000m
1988Ed EyestoneMarathon
1984Paul Cummings10,000m
1984Henry Marsh3,000m Steeple
1984Doug Padilla5,000m
1980Henry Marsh3,000m Steeple
1976Henry Marsh3,000m Steeple (10th)
1976Lasse VirenMarathon (5th)
1976Lasse Viren5,000m (1st)
1976Lasse Viren10,000m (1st)
1976Laman PalmaMarathon
1972Lasse Viren5,000m (1st)
1972Lasse Viren10,000m (1st)
1972Pekka Vasala1,500m (1st)
1972Usuia Sotutu5,000m Steeple
1972Usuia Sotutu3,000m Steeple
1948Clarence Robison5,000m