Men’s Track and Field, Cross Country (1984-91)
Inducted February 2014
Brad Barton ran four years of track and field and cross country at Weber State from 1984-91. He earned Big Sky All-Conference honors five times and was a Big Sky champion and All-American in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. He also still has three times on the WSU career top 10 lists.
As a senior in 1991, Barton captured the Big Sky title in the steeplechase at the conference outdoor meet in Bozeman, Montana, posting a time of 9:52.45. He also finished second in the 1,500 meters that season. He went on to earn All-American honors by finishing third overall in the steeplechase at the 1991 NCAA Championships, tied for the third best finish in the steeplechase by any Wildcat at the NCAA meet. He posted a time of 8:31.45, which ranks as the third best time in Weber State and Big Sky history.
In indoor track, Barton twice earned All-Conference honors and twice competed at the NCAA Championships. As a junior in 1990, he finished third at the Big Sky Championships in the mile and went on to compete at the NCAA’s. In 1991, he finished second in the mile at the conference meet with a time of 4:04.97, which was the second fastest time in conference history at the time.
He later competed in the NCAA Championships in the mile. Barton is the fifth fastest miler in Weber State history. He is also seventh all-time in the 3,000 meters.
As a runner for the WSU cross country team for four years, he was part of the WSU team that finished 11th at the NCAA championships in 1984. During the 1990-91 school year, Barton became the first athlete from Weber State to compete in three NCAA Championships in the same year.
Barton earned All-Big Sky honors five times and earned Academic All-Conference honors four times in his career. Coaxing his former collegiate coach, Chick Hislop, out of retirement, Barton recently renewed his competitive running and set national and world records. In 2013, he set a Master’s 45-49 age group indoor mile world record with a time of 4:16.83. In outdoor track, he posted a time of 9:17.59 in the steeplechase, setting a new American record for the 45-49 age group. He is the fastest over 40 steeplechaser in U.S. history.
Barton is a celebrated corporate and youth speaking professional.