Miles Batty – Making Each Mile Count

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Miles Batty - BYU

Miles Batty is a 27-year-old (born 1 June 1987) track runner who specializes in middle-distance disciplines. Middle-distance running events are track races longer than sprints, and up to 3000 meters. The standard middle distances are the 800 meters, 1500 meters and mile run, although the 3000 meters may also be classified as a middle-distance track event.

He graduated from Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah in 2005. During his high school tenure, he was considered one of the most prolific cross-country and distance track runners in the state of Utah which earned him such accolades as state champion of Utah in cross-country with a personal best time in the mile of 4 minutes and 22 seconds.

After high school, Batty served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the country of Brazil. During his time as a missionary, he was not able to take part in any competitive running events. As a result, when he returned to Brigham Young University (BYU) after his mission, he struggled to get back in shape and even questioned being able to succeed as a college runner.

In 2011, he qualified and won the NCAA track championship, and received the title of Men’s Track Athlete of the Year by USA Track & Field (USATF). Also in 2011, he helped BYU’s distance relay team win the national championship. And by August 2011, he was ranked number 9 in the United States in the 1500 meters discipline.

In February 2012, at the 2012 Millrose Games, Batty broke the indoor collegiate mile record by almost half a second with a time of 3:54.54. In February 2013, His record time was beaten at the 2013 Millrose Games by Chris O’Hare with a time of 3:52.98. Batty dropped to number three on the NCAA all-time mile list in 2014 when Lawi Lalang clocked a 3:52.88 at the Millrose Games. He finished 10th at the 2012 US Olympic Trials for the 1500-meter race.

Batty is currently studying neuroscience at BYU and has aspirations of going to medical school.

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