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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.  

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Miles:This week: 80.90 Month: 328.10 Year: 2969.67
Race: Payton Jordan Invitational (3.107 Miles) 00:13:29, Place overall: 16
Total Distance

AM-2 mile shakeout

Race-that hurt, got out way too slow, sped up and the last 800 was a death march instead of the monster kick I was hoping for, but it was a big personal record.

Warmed up with Clayton, then did a few strides on  my own before doing some on the track.  My stomache felt a little more full than I would've liked, so that's something to work on.  The gun went off, and I immediately cut into lane 5.  We were on the outside waterfall, which was very favorable because then I didn't have to fight for position too  much early on.  The race strung out, and the pacer was a bit slow(he was supposed to lead us through 3k at 8:00), so I came across 400m at 1:08.  I told myself to relax still. After going through 600m at 1:40, I was a little nervous still, but then I came across 800m at 2:12 and knew we were speeding up.  Sometime around here Kejelcha and Eric Jenkins passed me, and I expected the race to speed up.  It did.  I came across 1600m at about 4:20-21.  I remained in lane one for the majority of the race, and did my best to stay with the guy in front of me.  Every couple laps, someone would fall off the front pack and I'd pass them.  At halfway the leaders were at 6:45(or atleast that is what they announced), so I knew I wasn't too far off pace from my goal of sub 13:30.  Clayton was a few spots ahead of me.  Around the 7th lap, I felt a blister begin on the bottom of my foot and it hurt quite suddenly.  I thought I had somehow cut my foot by the way it felt, but I kept pushing. The guy in front of me was pretty consistent with splits(or atleast I thought so), so it made averaging 65s pretty easy.  I came across 3200m at 8:40, so right on pace to run 13:32.5.  With 3 laps to go, I started to feel pretty fatigued.  With 2 laps to go, I didn't think I could finish in the necessary 2:08 to run sub 13:30, and was afraid I was going to start going backwards and run 66s or slower.  At 600m, I caught up to Clayton and tried to encourage him.  At 500m to go, I passed him and then we were both passed by Tyler Day.  With 400m to go, I had kinda given up on my goal and just wanted to finish, knowing that I would run a good time either way, but I was in a lot of pain.  With 200m to go, I was hurting, but told myself that I'd spent way too much effort to slow down now.  I came across the line right at 13:29, and I was pumped!  It was cool to be in such a fast heat with so many talented runners. Clayton was 2 seconds behind me at 13:31.   I personally think he could've ran faster than I did, but it wasn't his best day.  

Long cool down after with Clayton and, for part of it, the NAU boys.  

From Shawn H on Fri, May 03, 2019 at 03:56:29 from

Wow! Nice PR, Conner. Look at it this way: even the greatest distance runner of all time, Kenenisa Bekele, running his 5K world record of 12:37, was in the race with you, he wouldn't lap you on an outdoor track! Seriously, 13:29 is a great time. Better things to come, too.

From Eugene on Fri, May 03, 2019 at 09:14:25 from

great time conner.

From Blake Bennion on Fri, May 03, 2019 at 09:18:35 from

Way to go Conner!

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, May 07, 2019 at 17:39:46 from


To put things in perspective:

- You proved that you are able to run half of a 10,000 on pace for sub-27:00. That is 90% of the journey.

- With three laps to go you were only 3 seconds back from Kejelcha who is basically equal to Bekele/Gebrselassie at their top form - just has not yet run the 5000 world record. I do not care if he was not going quite all out, and found a 2:23 last 1 K after that. You were able to place yourself into a lion's den and be in contact with a lion with three laps to go - means you are a baby lion!

- Your last 800 was not a death march, though you could not kick, you kept the pace.

- You shook your fist at the BYU record and it was in serious jeopardy.

- Your current PRs against Ryan Hall: 3:42/3:45, 13:16/13:29, 28:07/28:18, 2:04:58/?. Another point of reference is Jared Ward - 13:34/28:36/2:09:25. Throw into the equation that you are likely a natural marathoner. So this means even if you do not get any faster in shorter races if you do things right for the marathon, we are looking at 2:07-2:08.

I'd say this race is gives you something to be excited about.

From Holt on Tue, May 07, 2019 at 18:46:38 from

I always love Sasha’s analysis - very enthusiastic; but you what? Almost always right!

And I bet he’ll be right on this, too.

Congrats on a great season so far - go finish it up with great races at nationals!

From Conner Mantz on Thu, May 16, 2019 at 20:31:33 from

Thanks everyone! Sasha, I do like your perspective and those stats. I hope to continue in the right direction, but it will still take its time to get with those top guys. The description of death march describes less about how fast I was running and more on how I felt. The last 800m I was ready to be done with the race and it seemed to drag on longer than the first 3,600m.

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