NEW YORK CITY -- With a time of 3:54.54, Miles Batty broke the indoor collegiate mile record by eight hundredths of a second on Saturday night at the 2012 Millrose Games at the Armory Track & Field facilities in New York City.
Batty, a senior from Sandy, was invited to participate in the 2012 Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games with the intentions of breaking the indoor mile collegiate record of 3:55.02, set by German Fernandez of Oklahoma State in 2009. Six collegiate runners were invited to participate in the race, along with other professional runners.
Batty took second in the race, finishing behind Matthew Centrowitz, a professional runner sponsored by Nike, who broke the Armory record with a time of 3:53.92.
With the fastest time in the nation, Batty is now qualified for the Indoor National Championships which will be held in Nampa, Idaho, March 8-10, where he looks to defend his title in the mile and his joint title in the DMR.
While Batty was breaking records in New York, the rest of the BYU men's track and field team was split between the Husky Classic in Washington and the Air Force Invitational in Colorado.
"We didn't do quite as well as we hoped this weekend, but we still had some good performances," BYU men's coach Mark Robison said. "We look forward to the week off and then it's all about preparing for the MPSF championships."
In Washington, the distance runners were able to run against good competition, and some pulled away with top 10 finishes. Alden Bahr won the 5,000 meters (13:58.72), and Rex Shields was seventh in the 3,000m in a personal best of 7:53.69. Jason Hinds and Fan Fan Charles finished third (21.84) and 10th (22.17), respectively, in the 200m. James McAllister was seventh in the 400m Invite (48.48) and Shaquille Walker was second in the 800m (1:51.05.
At the Air Force Invitational, Brayden Bringhurst and Tyler Brown were third (16-8.75) and seventh (16-0.75), respectively, in the pole vault, and Dakota John was third in the high jump (6-8.75), while Russell Nielson was ninth (6-6.75). Kevin Nielsen was seventh in long jump (22-9.5) and Kyle Mills was seventh in triple jump (47-11.75).
For the women, Diana Blauer led the Cougars at the Husky Invitational, finishing second in high jump (5-8.75), and Ada Robinson was fourth (5-7).
"We had a lot of personal records at our meets this weekend," BYU women's coach Patrick Shane said. "There were a lot of great performances from a variety of athletes. Both of our meets were good preparation for the conference meet."
Dian McAllister Perry was third in pole vault (12-9.5). Fatima Makakala was fourth in the 60m hurdles (8.67) and Diane Stewart was seventh (8.73). Stewart was fifth in the 400m (57.74) and Angela Shields was sixth (57.87). In triple jump, Melissa Keltner was fifth (39-1.25) and Elizabeth Wilson seventh (38-6.25). In Washington, Andrea Nelson was sixth in the 3,000m (10:07.46),
The Cougars will not compete again until the MPSF championships on Feb. 24-25. It will mark the first time the BYU has competed in the MPSF championships after 12 seasons in the MWC.
• Men's volleyball: At San Diego, the No. 3 BYU men's volleyball team kept its perfect all-time record against UC San Diego alive Saturday on the road with a 25-21, 40-42, 25-23, 21-25, 15-10 victory.
Senior Robb Stowell led all players with 20 kills and nine blocks while also contributing eight digs and four service aces. Teammates Josue Rivera and Tyler Albertson joined Stowell in double-digit kills with 15 and 10, respectively. Russ Lavaja also had nine blocks to lead all players.
After beating the Tritons in the first set, BYU ended up in a historical second set that was tied nine times before reaching 25-all. Neither team could score two points in a row after that until the set reached a 40-all tie. Finally, San Diego was finally able to score twice in a row to get the victory. BYU's 40 points tied for second all-time for points scored in a single set for the Cougars.
The Cougars came back to take Set 3, despite trailing 23-19. A 6-0 run gave BYU the win.
San Diego evened the match at 2-all with a victory in Set 4, but BYU came back for the fifth-set win. Vaun Lennon led San Diego with 25 kills.
The Cougars are back home next week as they start an eight-game home stand.
• Softball: At Tempe, Ariz., a run in the top of the seventh inning gave BYU its second win over a top-15 team in as many days as the Cougars defeated No. 11 Oregon 2-1.
With Carly Duckworth on third base, Jenna Goar on second and two outs down, Ashlee Brawley hit a hard grounder to the Oregon shorstop. She fielded the ball but had a hard time getting it out of her glove, and the throw to first was just late, and Duckworth scored what proved to be the game-winning run.
"I'm proud of the way the team battled today," said BYU coach Gordon Eakin. "We showed a lot of character and have made excellent strides in our team growth in the four games we've played."
Jessica Dugas went 3-for-4, while Tiffany Messerschmidt had two hits and an RBI and Duckworth added hits and a run.
On in relief, freshman Caroline Umphlett struck out two Ducks after giving up a walk, then collected a ground ball for an easy throw to first for the third and final out.
Later in the day, BYU beat UC Santa Barbara 12-4 in six innings. BYU capitalized on numerous errors by UCSB and big hits from Willard and Alexandra Hudson
Willard capped off a great weekend by going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, four runs and a walk.
• Women's tennis: At Provo, the BYU women's tennis team took down the Nevada Wolfpack 5-2 at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
"Overall, I think the team did really well this whole weekend," BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "The girls fought hard this weekend. They played their game and they came out on top. They never gave up, especially yesterday. Denver was a tough match. They fought to the end and pulled out the win. Going into today, that win gave us confidence and I think we'll continue building on that confidence for our next match."
BYU won the doubles point, triumphing in two of the three matches. In singles, the Cougars got win from Megan Price, Morgan Anderson, Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Aubrey Paul.
BYU 5, Nevada 2: Doubles, Price/Sheehan-Dizon, BYU, def. Vergerne/Legendre, 8-3; Tran/Anderson, BYU, def. Okhremchuk/Maslova, 8-3; Stevens/Eufrasio, Nev., def. Paul/Waldron, 8-4. Singles, Michelle Okhremchuk, Nev., def. Desiree Tran, 6-4, 6-3; Megan Price, BYU, def. Emmar Verberne, 7-6 (3), 6-4; Morgan Anderson, BYU, def. Sophie Stevens, 6-0, 6-1; Aubrey Paul, BYU, def. Gabriela Eufrasio, 6-0, 6-4; Rymma Maslova, Nev., def. Lisa Waldrong, 1-2, injury def.