Joseph Hovey | Posted: 21 Jun 2022 | Updated: 30 Jun 2022

Mantz named to CoSIDA Academic All-America® First Team

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Conner Mantz competes at the 2021 NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship

AUSTIN, Texas — BYU’s Conner Mantz was named to the CoSIDA NCAA Division I Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country 2021-22 Academic All-America® Team on Wednesday.

The annual honor roll, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, celebrates the nation’s best in student-athlete excellence on the track and in the classroom.

Mantz was previously named to the organization’s Academic All-District Team® on May 26 and advanced to the All-America ballot.

With Wednesday’s recognition, Mantz receives the program’s 11th all-time Academic All-American honor and becomes the first to be selected to the First Team since Miles Batty in 2012. 

A native of Smithfield, Utah, Mantz graduated from BYU in April 2022 with a degree in mechanical engineering and achieved a 3.76 GPA during his prolific BYU career. The Sky View High School product repeated as Division I Men’s Cross Country National Champion in Nov. 2021. Mantz recorded top-10 finishes in each of his 22-career collegiate cross country meets, including 13 meet wins and nine straight to finish his time as a Cougar. Mantz also became the first BYU runner to win three individual conference championships.

Between indoor and outdoor track and field, Mantz was named an All-American six times (2018-2021). Following the conclusion of his BYU career in Nov. 2021, Mantz signed a professional contract with Nike Running and continues to compete with his sights set on the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.  

2021-22 CoSIDA NCAA Division I

Academic All-America First Team 

Name School
Alec Basten Minnesota
Logan Blomquist Southeast Missouri State
Sean Casey Navy
Jordan Geist Arizona
Olin Hacker Wisconsin
Nick Laning Vanderbilt
Conner Mantz BYU
Gabriele Montefalcone Texas
Alec Nehring Montana State
Trevor Otterdahl North Dakota State
Owayne Owens Virginia
Matthew Pereira Harvard
Thomas Pllard Iowa State
Ryan Smeeton Oklahoma State
Jessie Sullivan South Dakota
Turner Washington Arizona State