PROVO BYU distance-runner Kyle Perry has had quite a run throughout this year's indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
During the indoor season, Perry was named an All-American for finishing third in the 3,000-meters at nationals, and weeks later he was also named the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field student athlete of the year.
For Perry, a junior, all the success has only given him more motivation. "It has been really fun," said Perry. "It is a lot more motivating to practice hard when you are having success. It has made it a lot more fun to work because I have been seeing the benefits of being dedicated to this."
Perry was at his best near the end of the indoor season and fared well throughout the early part of the outdoor competition, but midway through the outdoor season he hit a proverbial wall.
"My first couple meets carried through but then it got to where I could not maintain at that high level," said Perry. "I think that now I am climbing up to where I was earlier in the season, but it is impossible to stay on your game and for that many weeks in a row."
Perry qualified for regionals in the 1,500- and the 5,000-meter run but has chosen to only compete in the 5K in order to give his best push to reach nationals. The top five finishes in each of the four regionals will advance to nationals and Perry is currently ranked fifth in his regional, which will take place this weekend.
"I feel good because I feel like I can compete better than my ranking," said Perry. "I have refocused my goals and feel like I will get back out there and compete like I know I can."
BASEBALL: Cougar outfielder Sean McNaughton was named to the first team All-MWC after batting .345 in league play and leading the Cougars with a .354 season averaged. McNaughton hit 14 home runs, had 91 hits and 53 RBI's on the season. Junior outfielder Kent Walton was named to the second team after hitting .373 in conference play and tallying 75 hits.
NCAA HONORS: BYU men's basketball and women's volleyball teams have both been given public recognition awards from the NCAA for multi-year Academic Progress Rate Scores. The APR calculates eligibility, retention and graduation rates to provide a picture of the academic standing of individual programs.
All of BYU's 21 teams are considered in good standing by the report but only high performing teams that that score between 965 and 1,000 and rank among the top 10 percent of all schools receive public recognition awards. The men's basketball team scored 987 and the women's volleyball team's score was 995.ON TAP: Track and Field: NCAA Regional at Northridge, Calif., on Friday and Saturday. Men's Soccer: at Abbotsford Rangers on Friday; at Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
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