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Event: 1500m
Height: 5-8
Weight: 140
PRs: 1500m - 3:35.21 (1996); Mile - 3:55.14 (1996); 800m - 1:46.62 (2000)
Born: April 6, 1969, in Springfield, Mo.
Current Residence: Orem, Utah
High School: Willard HS, Mo. '87
College: Brigham Young '93
Agent: Ray Flynn
Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 2000 and 1997 U.S. Indoor mile champion; 10th at 2000 Olympic Games 1,500; 2-time Olympian ('96, '00); 2nd in 1500 at 1994, 1998 U.S. Outdoor nationals; 1995 Pan Am Games bronze medalist.

Coming off a strong 2000 indoor season, Pyrah used that base to make his second Olympic team and make the Olympic final. He began running in junior high and won five state championships as a Missouri prep. He earned a B.S. in physical education at BYU, with an emphasis on athletic training and is currently enrolled in the graduate program at BYU, getting his masters in nutrition. When not studying, he enjoys working on cars and flying - he has his private pilots license, and may consider trying to get into commercial airlines after his running career. Another option, he says, is coaching and working as a nutritionist. A devout Mormon, he's very involved with his church and did not compete in 1989-90 due to being on a religious mission to Bolivia.

2001: 3rd in USA Indoor mile (4:01.92)2nd in 1000m at adidas Golden Spike Invitational.
2000: 10th in 1500m Olympic final (3:39.84)...won USA Indoor mile (3:57.83)...2nd at Olympic Trials (3:36.70)...7th in Olympic Trials 800 (1:46.83)... also set PR of 1:46.62 in the Olympic Trials heats...ranked 2nd in U.S...bests of 1:46.62 and 3:36.70.
1999: 12th in 1500 heats at USA Outdoors (3:48.48)... bests of 3:48.48 in the 1500 and 4:01.45 indoors in the mile.
1998: 2nd in USA Outdoors (3:38.77)...6th in USA Indoor mile (4:03.37)... ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN... bests of 3:37.67 and 3:56.18.
1997: Won mile at USA Indoor (4:00.18)...3rd in USA Outdoors (3:46.94)...9th in heats of World Champs (3:40.17)...ranked #4 in U.S. at 1500 by T&FN... bests of 3:39.16 and 3:56.33.
1996: 3rd in 1500 at Olympic Trials...9th in heats at Olympic Games...ranked #3 in U.S. at 1500 by T&FN... bests of 3:35.21 and 3:55.14; 1:46.75 PR for 800.
Bronze in Pan-Am Games 1500...9th in 1500 at USA Outdoors...11th in semis at World University Games...ranked #7 in U.S. at 1500 by T&FN... bests of 3:42.34 and 3:55.47; 1:48.39 for 800.
1994: 2nd in 1500 at USA Outdoors...won 1500 at Olympic Festival...4th in 1500 at World Cup...8th in NCAA Indoor mile (4:07.02)... ranked #5 in U.S. at 1500 by T&FN... best of 3:38.20; 1:46.83 for 800.
1993: 6th in NCAA Indoor mile (4:03.71)...2nd in WAC 1500, 3rd in 800...7th in heats of NCAA 1500...4th in 1500 heats at USA Outdoors... bests of 3:43.49 and 4:01.38; 1:49.62 for 800.
1992: 4th NCAA 1500...6th in 1500 heats at Olympic Trials ...6th in mile heat at NCAA Indoor (4:05.72)...WAC Champion at 800 and 1500 ... bests of 3:39.22 and 1:48.04 for 800.
1991: Bests of 3:45; 1:48.52 for 800.
1989-90: Did not compete (religious mission to Cochabamba, Bolivia).
1988: Best of 3:43.36.
1987: Won the 800, 1600, and 3200 at the Missouri HS state champs...won Golden West mile (4:04.25)...bests of 3:45.5 and 4:04.25, also 1:51.25 for 800m and 9:07.48 for 3200.
1986: Missouri HS state champion in the 1600 and 3200... best of 4:05.08 for 1600m, also 9:09.59 for 3200m.
1985: Won Missouri HS state titles in the 1600 and 3200.


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