TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Running to victory at the NCAA meet, BYU senior Josh Rohatinsky on Monday, Nov. 20, joined his current coach, Ed Eyestone, as the school's only runners to win cross country national championships. Eyestone, like Rohatinsky, was undefeated for the season when he won the title in 1984.
Rohatinsky claimed all-America honors for the third time in the 10-kilometer race hosted by Indiana State University. His time of 30:45 gave him an 8-second margin of victory.
"I looked back about halfway down the stretch and noticed that no one was going to catch me," he said.
With the boost from Rohatinsky, the BYU men's team finished 11th overall. Colorado won the team title.
After returning from serving in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission, Rohatinsky finished 22nd at the NCAA championships as a sophomore in 2004, and improved to sixth as a junior in 2005, claiming all-America honors both seasons. He won seven individual state titles at Provo (Utah) High School in cross country and track before going to BYU where he was Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2000.
The son of Ray and Sylvia Rohatinsky, he followed in his father's and sister Tara's footsteps as BYU athletes. He married Jena Mortenson in December 2005.