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BYU track and field: Miles Batty set to defend national title

March 09, 2012

By Doug Robinson, Deseret News

Miles Batty, the wonderfully named miler from BYU and Jordan High, will attempt to defend his national title in this weekend's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho. In doing so, he will face perhaps the fastest mile field ever assembled for this meet.

Batty set a collegiate indoor record of 3:54.54 at last month's Millrose Games in New York City, and yet he hasn't put much distance between himself and his challengers.

Seven collegians have run under 3:57 this season, four of them 3:55 or better.

Thirty-three collegians broke four minutes this season, which means 13 sub-four milers didn't even qualify for the NCAA meet.

"Amazing, isn't it?" says BYU distance coach Ed Eyestone. "This is unheard of. This is the new revolution."

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Tags: ncaa indoor mile (8) , miles batty (15) , doug robinson (2) , byu (2)

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