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Member Since:

May 18, 2010



Goal Type:

NCAA Champ

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.

High school: I enjoyed running a lot, especially cross country.  I originally did track to keep my in shape for cross country.  I ran at Footlocker Nationals, the Adidas Dream mile, Brooks PR Invitational, world xc junior championships, and a few local 5ks. 

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

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

Half Marathon: 
Utah Valley Half - 1:11:24(aided)(2012)



3k-7:50 at dr. Sander Invitational and MPSF



Half marathon-Deseret News 2018-1:05:08(aided)

National finishes: Cross Country: 10th(2018); Indoor: 3k-7th(2019) 5k-10th(2019); Outdoor: 10k-22nd(2018), 4th(2019), 5k-7th(2019)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Become an all-american in cross country and track.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Make sure I have fun, not get burned out, and get faster.

Eventually get the school records in the 5km and 10km.  


I recently returned from serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana.  I gained 30 lbs. during the service and came back out of shape. I graduated from Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah. I currently run for Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 36.90 Month: 284.10 Year: 2925.67
Race: Iowa State Classic (3.107 Miles) 00:13:39, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 5
Total Distance

AM-10 minute shakeout with Clayson and Jake.

PM-5k race in Iowa. I ran a PR by 13 seconds. 9 mile cool down, two mile warm up. Shoutout to Trevor Dunbar for pacing perfectly for 4K, and to Clayton Young for having a kid a few weeks ago, buying a car this weekend, and then running 13:34.

Race report long writeup: Got there a couple hours before the race started.  I was pretty nervous, but felt really good doing strides yesterday, so I was confident.  After the warm up when I was putting on my spikes, Coach showed me the results from the race at UW.  It put a little more pressure on my to run my goal time of 13:39, but I was confident in it.  I started next to Clayson and there was a lot of room where we started.  I quickly was in the back and while I felt the pace was slow, it wasn't.  I came around 800m at 2:10 and realized I was in good position, and right where I wanted to be.  At 1200m I was at 3:17 and debated on moving up, but we got back on pace pretty quick, and I was fine.  I think I was at 4:22 at the 1600m mark, and just kept calm. The race didn't feel too bad, but it was definately a good effort.  I hit 8:49-50 at 3200m and realized I may need to start picking it up.  With 1000m to go, I looked at the time and saw 11:00 or something and told myself I had to urn 2:39 to get sub-13:40.  I went around the pack of 8 or 9 guys quickly and was in third.  I was apprehensive to do this becasuse I knew it was going to hurt and increase the risk of me burning out, but I was pleasently surprised when it didn't.  I saw Clayton and Edwin Kurgat were gapping us and I tried to catch them.  I didn't look around me to see the pack on my heels, but focused on Clayton.  He was leading and his gap was increasing.  I just kept telling myself "Bama or bust," which is a reference to either go to indoor nationals, or blow up in this race trying.  As we continually got closer to the finish, I saw my goal of sub 13:40 getting closer and closer within reach.  With 300m to go, I was pretty sure I had it, and this sense of confidence may ahve slowed me down, as I had one of the slowest last laps in the race, but I got the goal at hte finish. I was passed by 2 people in the last 100m, but it was fine.  We had 4 guys from BYU run 13:42 or faster, with Clayton getting the win at 13:34.  

From Burt on Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 11:29:39 from

Smokin' fast!

From Conner Mantz on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 20:09:03 from

Thanks Burt!

From Jason D on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 20:00:48 from

Congratulations, Conner. That's serious PR and time. More to come I have no doubt.

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