“I never really would have thought I would win something like this,” Batty said. “Knowing I was voted this honor gives me a lot of confidence and added pressure to accomplish all my goals going forward.”
At the NCAA Indoor National Championships, Batty ran a controlled race and managed to outsprint the field on the last lap to win a national title in the mile with a time of 3:59.49. The day before he won his individual title, the All-American helped BYU’s distance medley relay team to a national championship. He ran the mile leg of the race in a split of 3:56.14. The team’s time of 9:29.28 is the seventh-best in college history, and came just hours after Batty ran his qualifying individual race.