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Location:

Smithfield,UT,USA

Member Since:

May 18, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Pre-high school: I ran a lot of local 5ks and a few half marathons.  I didn't do a ton of training, but I just had fun, and I got more serious about it as high school got closer.

Freshman Year: I found out the hard way that cross country 5ks were a lot harder and had faster people than local 5ks.  Sky View had one of their best teams ever this year, we tied for 3rd at Murray, were 2nd at Highland, won Cache-Box, and almost won the Wasatch Rondezvous(but I got DQed for going the wrong way.  Not a good day for me.)  I had a bad race at Region, but still managed to place 3rd(to Jerrell,my biggest rival, and Adam), and our team got 2nd by 2 points.  At state, I was hungrier than ever, and just wanted to run well. I was able to earn a 2nd place finish on that day, .5 seconds away from first, and .3 seconds from 3rd(Jerrell). I kept training, and was able to take 25th in Footlocker west, 1 place away from a medal.  In track I trained harder than I had yet, and ran 9:40 indoors for the 3200 at Simplot.  In outdoor I kept training(most of it was by myself because we go to 9th grade at North Cache, so the team was usually done by the time I got there), and was able to run a 4:22and a 9:18 at state, where I placed 7th and 3rd(Jerrell Mock and Jake Heslington beat me, but we finished within 1.2 seconds of each other)

Sophomore Year: Our team still did well this season.  I had a great race at the BYU Invite and was finally able to win an Invite in XC.  I wasn't very smart about my training though, and wasn't listening to my coaches very well.  At Region I placed 2nd to Jerrell again, and at state, I had a root canal days before, and the medication was not agreeing with my stomache.  I placed 3rd to Jake and Jerrell, but unlike last year, I wasn't close to them.  After, I trained harder than ever (Brian McKenna started to help coach me about here too), bumped up my mileage and went through some terrible workouts, and was able to take 4th at Footlocker West, qualifying me for Nationals.  At Nationals I had a great race, and was able to take 12th.  I kept training into Indoor, and was able to go 4:25 in the 1600m, and then at Simplot I went 9:14, a big PR.  I then went to Arcadia and didn't prepare well or race how I should've, and ran 9:04, missing my goal of Sub-9.  I ended up running 4:16(1600) and 9:10(3200) at State, taking 3rd and 2nd in those events.

Junior Year: Had a great summer of training, and a good start to the season. I took second bearly to Kramer in the first two big meets. I ran Bob Firman for the first time and got a rough start, but was still able to place 5th. My team had a very rough season, having 5 people that were in and out of our top 5 injured at different parts of the season.  We won Cache-Box again, and took 2nd as a team in region.  I ran well at region too.  I finally won a state title now that Jerrell and Jake were graduated, but didn't run the time I wanted. My team placed 6th, which was great for the bad luck we had.  I took 2nd at Nike Southwest, then 4th at Footlocker Regionals again. I had started to get burned out and by nationals I missed my goal of top 5, but still earned 7th.  During the indoor season I almost PR'ed in both the mile and two mile, and was able to run at New Balance Indoor Nationals.  I ran the 5k. It was during a very emotionally hard time in my life, and I was able to run my best.  I won in 14:24. The momentum stayed in outdoor season, running an 8:52 at Arcadia.  My team won region, and took second at state. I had some of the best training with my teamates this season with Tyson Compton(4:24 mile, 1:55 800), Alex Lyons(4:20 mile), and others.  At BYU I PR'ed in the mile(4:12) and the 3200 for altitude(9:00). I qualified for state in the 800m at region by taking second and running a 1:59(first time breaking 2 min. officially). At state, I brought all my PR's down, running a 4:10, 8:57(altitude PR), and after that ran a 1:56.  I then was able to run in the dream mile(4:07 for a full mile) and Brooks PR 2 mile(8:56 for full 2 miles). They were both great experiences.  After this I ran the USATF Outdoor Junior Championships.  I ran the 10,000m, and placed 3rd with the time standard, but only top 2 qualified for worlds.  On to cross country again!

PRs:

800: 1:56.80-State Track 2014

1600: 
    4:10-State Track 2014

Mile: Sea Level-Adidas Grand Prix-4:07

3200:
    Alititude(4500ft): 8:57.99-State Track 2014

2 Mile:8:53 at Brooks PR Invitational

5K: 
    New Balance Indoor Nationals(2014) - 14:24

10K:USA Junior Track Championships (2014)-31:01-Only 10k on a track.

15K: Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run (aided) 48:10(2013).

Half Marathon: 
    Utah Valley Half - 1:11:24(aided)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run a sub-4 minute mile in high school-not really, unless you count downhill miles.

Course record for state XC course.(nope)

Win a national championship.(nope)

Top-6 in USA Junior XC championships(qualify for world team)-Made it!

Sea level: Sub-8:40 and 4:00

Altitude: 8:49, 4:05, and 1:54

Long-Term Running Goals:

Mainly just make sure I have fun, not get burned out, and get faster.

Personal:

I'm going to be a Senior this year at Sky View in Utah.  I'm LDS, and plan on serving a two-year mission before I run in college.  I have been called to the Ghana Accra West Mission and leave in late July, after I will compete at BYU. My great-grandpa was Paul Mantz, a hollywood pilot.

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     This is my last post for the next two years.  I'm leaving to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the country of Ghana. After I return, I plan on attending and running for BYU.  I'm thankful for the opportunities that running has brought me. I've met so many wonderful people and been able to make many friends on my way. If any of you want to receive my weekly e-mails, either put your e-mail in the description or send me an e-mail on my mission e-mail at conner.mantz@myldsmail.net.

     While running has brought me much happiness and excitement, it is very small compared to the joy that the Gospel of Christ has brings to my life.  I've read The Book of Mormon, The Holy Bible, and The Doctorine and Covanents and I know those to be true books. I know that God loves and cares about each and every person.  He wants you to be happy.  Jesus Christ suffered for our sins, and through him we can be saved.  I have been blessed to have such a wonderful family, and they have helped me want to continue in running and to serve a mission. They did not push me into either of those decisions.  I decided to serve a mission, just like I decided to run cross country and track, no one else made the decision for me or pushed me into it, but I have been blessed to have my family's support in both those decisions. 

        Also, about the downhill mile, while I'm rambling, it was more of a fun thing that was just to see what would happen, it isn't very official.  Wish all of you luck on your running, health, and happiness.

-Conner

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       7 miles I think.  We warmed up for a bit over a mile, then the team was doing 5 miles tempo, so I ran with Ethan.  He killed it today! I'm super excited to see what he does this season. We did about a mile cool down after.

       Also, out of the two downhill miles, we actually got a video of the second one. Ethan wanted to make it for his Youtube channel, so it's on there.  The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWu5fswN3Fo .  It was a fun run and the pace is a bit inaccurate, and the distance is about .05 or something off.  Anyway, I still don't consider myself a sub-4 guy until I do it on a track.  It was just something fun I wanted to do with some friends.

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