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Can a State-Funded Pro Running Team Work? Jared Ward & Isaac Wood Are Hoping the Answer is Yes

September 14, 2022

When it comes to distance talent, Utah is a state that punches above its weight. Starting with Clayton Young‘s win in the NCAA 10,000 meters in June 2019, five native Utahns have combined to win eight NCAA individual distance titles in a little over three years, all for BYU — Young, Conner MantzCourtney Wayment, Anna Camp Bennett, and Whittni Orton. In addition, both the BYU men and women have won team titles in cross country with Utah-heavy squads (eight of the 10 scoring members of the championship teams went to high school in Utah). Not bad for a state that ranks 30th out of 50 in population. Lets Run