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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)

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.  

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 337.42 Year: 1955.92
Race: MPSF (1.864 Miles) 00:07:50, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
Total Distance

AM-2 mile shakeout.

PM-About 3 mile warm up, strides. 

Race went well.  The start was quick and I was cut off early on by someone that tried to run across all the lanes in just half of the straightaway.   I tried to be relaxed early on.  61 through 400m and I was at the back, so that was a bit fast.  At 800m I heard 2:07, and knew that was quite a bit slower than what we needed (goal was 63 per 400m with a fast finish).  While this may have been an inaccurate 400m split, I decided to make it to the front.  I saw John Dressel behind the pacers and I quickly caught up to them and hung on behind him.  At 1200m I heard 3:08, and just thought to myself that I was in a perfect spot.  I knew Rory was behind me, and the goal was to make sure that we both got qualified, so I was in a great position.  At hte 1600m I heard 4:10 and Matt dropped off(he was one of the pacers).  I got behind Alex Ostberg, who was the other pacer, and I felt the pace going slower.  I tried to tell him to speed it up a couple times, but I don't think he heard me.  When he dropped off, I tried to start moving faster and finish strong.  I was alone up front and we were 2k in.  I felt pretty good and had prepared myself to speed up here.  That lasted about 150m, and then I realized I was in a lot of pain, and having over 800m to go was a lot.  I got passed by Brandt and just tried to hold on.  I didn't think I had slowed down when I was in the lead, but after watching the race, I had quite a bit.  At 600m to go(about the time I got passed), I felt like I was in trouble.  The pain was coming in, and I was gritting my teeth to just stay up with Brandt.  At 400m to go, Isaac yelled "'Bama or Bust!" and I just gained enough momentum to stay with him for the next 200m. When I hit 2800m I heard Coach yell "7:21," and I knew I needed to run a 30 second last 200 to qualify, but I was hurting. I just didn’t want to have this whole weekend of missing class go to waste if I bagged the last 200 and didn’t make it. I stayed close to Brandt, saw a couple Oregon runners try and pass me, sped up just enough to beat them to the line, and then crossed at 7:50 to get both a PR and a qualifier.  

About 4 miles after, some with John Dressel and his teammate and then some with Rory and Carlos, as well as a run when we got back to the hotel. 

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 at 19:09:00 from

Congrats again Conner. And thanks for continuing to post on this almost dead blog. I know for a fact you are inspiring many people.

From Jason D on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 at 19:30:57 from

Congratulations, Conner. Keep knocking off those goals!

From Jon on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 at 21:22:14 from

Congrats on the qualifier, Conner

From jtshad on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 14:47:10 from

Congrats on the qualifier, great job! Fun watching your success here!

From Tyler on Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 07:19:13 from

+1 on Rob's comment. I'm glad you're sticking around. Aside from getting a good view of your training, your competitiveness is inspiring. Congrats on executing a great race.

From Holt on Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 17:25:14 from

Another +1 to Rob. I love reading about your training and races and have my team read them as well to help them learn from the ups and downs of one of greats who was just like them once (we’ll... maybe a little quicker!).

From Conner Mantz on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 21:03:48 from

Thanks everyone, I love the sense of community that this blog has!

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