BYU track runners boast their speed at the Outdoor Championships


BYU men’s track & field and cross country finished the 2011-12 season ranked No. 7 while the women’s team ended with the No. 10 spot. Seven individuals from the men’s team were awarded All-American honors and two All-American honors were bestowed on members of the women’s team.

Miles Batty, Chris Carter and Jared Ward led the way for the men’s team as all three of them earned first-team All-America honors. Batty narrowly missed winning his event in the 1,500 meters (3:43.83), a time that was good enough for a photo finish and second place. Carter placed eighth in the 400 meter hurdles (51.77). Batty and Carter will be heading to Eugene, Ore. June 21 to July 1 to compete for spots on the US Men’s Olympic Team. Ward ran a personal best of 28:59.74 in the 10,000 meters to place fifth in his event.

Nachelle Mackie and Allyson Anderson claimed All-America honors for the women’s team for the 2011-12 season as well. Mackie completed her season and career by winning the 800 meters and claiming the National Championship by boasting her best run of this season with a time of 2:01.06. Mackie will build on her four-time All-American career as she to travels to Eugene, Ore. to compete for a spot on the nations elite Olympic Team.

Mackie completed her season sweep of the 800 meters, claiming the National Championship with the best time in the NCAA this season. She also won the 800 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships to become the first BYU athlete to win the same event in the same season at the two championship meets.
Anderson, a junior, took 16th in the javelin with a throw that measured 148-1. The Billings, Mont., native was named a second-team All-American. Jason Hinds, Cade Lindahl and Shaquille Walker were joined by Chris Carter as they finished 15th overall in the men’s 4×400 relay earning each of them the rights to the second-team All-American team. Alden Bahr took 10th in the 10,000 meters with a time of 29:21.64 to put himself on the second-team All-America list.


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