P1FCU Prep Austin Byrer broke two LHS track and field records


Every Wednesday we feature an outstanding high school athlete whose skills shines on the field and in the classroom. This week’s P1FCU “Prep Athlete of the Week” is Austin Byrer of Lewiston High School.

If you live in the LC Valley you’ve probably heard the name Austin Byrer. If not, you should, this Bengal senior is dynamite on the track and on the trails. This track season alone, Byrer broke two school records. The most recent was this year’s Meet of Champions, where Austin broke a 36-year record for his 1600 with a heart stopping time of four minutes and 13.79 seconds.

Austin said that even despite his school records, it was his best season yet.

“It was a good season, it was a lot of fun, it was probably my favorite season,” said Byrer.

But he said that despite an amazing senior year, he is always trying to improve.

“Cross country I felt like I did a lot of improving there as far as times,” said Byrer.

That improvement earned him statewide attention, when he was honored with the 2016-17 Gatorade Idaho Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Byrer also won the State 5A championship last fall with a time of 15 minutes 58.53 seconds, 9.86 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Undefeated in Idaho meets, he won seven of eight races.

He said his passion for running started early on.

Byrer said, “I went to McSorely and there was a school record board in the gym and like first through 6th grade I broke all the records for the PE mile.”

Then from seventh grade to senior year Austin has taken the top spot and taken a program that hasn’t been successful in over 30 years, and putting it on the map. That success is what got the attention of one college in particular.

“I’m really excited to go there, it's a cool place I really like the school and the coaches, it should be a lot of fun,” said Byrer.

And we here at KLEW wish you the best Austin! Congratulations on being this week’s P1FCU “Prep Athlete of the Week.”

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