The story of a recent RM turned track star

by | May 06, 2010

Saints & Sports

The tale of Ryan Waite includes a connection to Jimmer Fredette's mono, Waite's rejection of a Pac-10 scholarship and the fact he was supposed to sit out this year. Yet he has emerged as the No. 2 ranked 800-meter collegiate runner in the West.

Mix in the script that BYU track coaches, always on the lookout for Mormon talent, overlooked this former student body vice president and prep All-American out of high school. Waite, who ran for Oregon as a freshman, was a missionary in San Fernando, Calif., this time last year, not running at all, just playing a little basketball on his preparation day.

Sounds like a lot to weave together, but that's the Ryan Waite story.

In the Smith Fieldhouse, BYU has Top 10 lists of all-time track athletes separated by event. Names are added and removed as superior performances are posted through time.

The placard with the name of Ken Barton is now resting on the desk of two-time Olympian and current BYU distance coach Ed Eyestone. Barton and Eyestone were teammates at BYU 26 years ago, and Barton's name had been on the Top 10 list as one of the best 800-meter athletes in school history.

Eyestone picks up the placard, looks at it with respect, then gently places it on a pile of papers on his desk.

Barton's name just got bumped to make way for Ryan Waite, who has only been on campus seven months.

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