Courtney Babcock
Courtney Babcock

Distance Coach

5th year in 2012-13

The 2012-13 seasons will be Courtney Babcock's fifth year as cross country and track distance coach at Montana. She was hired fulltime in July 2009 after serving in the same role on an interim basis in 2008-09.

Babcock has shown her coaching range by qualifying athletes for nationals in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track and field. Katrina Drennen made cross country nationals in 2009, indoor nationals in the mile in 2011 and outdoor nationals in the 1,500 meters in 2010 and '11. Kara DeWalt was also a national outdoor qualifier in the steeplechase in 2011.

Drennen, in the 1,500 meters, and DeWalt, in the steeplechase, competed at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Allie Parks competed at the 2012 USA Outdoor Track and Field Junior Championships.

In cross country Babcock has coached her athletes to eight All-Big Sky Conference finishes and guided her women's team to the 2010 Big Sky championship, the first conference title for the Grizzlies since 1984. For the team's success, Babcock was voted by her fellow coaches the 2010 Big Sky coach of the year.

On the indoor and outdoor track, Babcock has coached three individual Big Sky champions and three relays teams to conference titles.

Drennen's athletes hold two Montana indoor records, the mile and distance medley relay, and our outdoor records, the 1,500 meters, steeplechase, 5,000 meters and 4x800-meter relay.

A native of Chatham, Ontario, Babcock is a 1996 graduate of Michigan. While competing for the Wolverines from 1992-96 she was a one-time NCAA champion (distance medley relay, 1994 NCAA indoor championships), an eight-time All-America in indoor and outdoor distance events, a member of four Big Ten championship teams and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

She was inducted into the Michigan Women's Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004. (Note: Babcock's late father, Larry, was inducted into the Michigan Hockey Hall of Fame in 1970. He played center for the Wolverines for three seasons [1960-61 to 1962-63], captaining the team his senior year, and was a Montreal Canadians draft pick.)

Babcock moved to Missoula in 1997 to train and compete with the Mountain West Track Club.

Between 2001 and 2003, Babcock won four titles at the annual Canadian Championships, winning two in the 5,000 meters and two in the 10,000 meters.

She had her most successful season of racing in 2003, posting Canadian national records in the 5,000 meters at the IAAF World Championships in Paris and the 10,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.

Babcock's 5,000-meter time of 14:54.98 placed her eighth at Worlds; her 10,000-meter time of 31:44.76 broke a 15-year-old national record.

Babcock followed her World Championships performance with a 4:01.99 1,500 meters a week later in Brussels, Belgium, the third-fastest 1,500-meter time in Canadian history.

Babcock competed for Canada in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meters at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

She and her husband, Miles Key, have two sons, Ridley and Hudson.

Babcock's Coaching Resume

USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers
2011: Kara DeWalt (steeplechase), Katrina Drennen (1,500m)

USA Outdoor Track and Field Junior Championships qualifiers
2012: Allie Parks (steeplechase)

NCAA Cross Country Championships qualifiers
2009: Katrina Drennen

NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers
2011: Katrina Drennen (mile)

NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers
2011: Kara DeWalt (steeplechase), Katrina Drennen (1,500m)
2010: Katrina Drennen (1,500m)

Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships
2011 women: 5th
2011 men: 4th ... All-Big Sky: Lynn Reynolds (4th)
2010 women: 1st ... All-Big Sky: Katrina Drennen (2nd), Keli Dennehy (4th)
2010 men: 8th ... All-Big Sky: Lynn Reynolds (5th)
2009 women: 3rd ... All-Big Sky: Katrina Drennen (3rd), Kesslee Payne (7th)
2009 men: 3rd ... All-Big Sky: Lynn Reynolds (5th)
2008 women: 5th ... All-Big Sky: Katrina Drennen (3rd)
2008 men: 4th

Big Sky Conference indoor champions
2011: Katrina Drennen (3,000m), distance medley relay (Payne, Moore, Grey, Drennen)
2010: Katrina Drennen (3,000m), distance medley relay (DeWalt, Clark, Andrus, Payne)
2009: Distance medley relay (DeWalt, Sullivan, Andrus, Drennen)

Big Sky Conference outdoor champions
2011: Kara DeWalt (steeplechase)

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