Anu Kaljurand Athlete Profile | BYU Cougar Club

Anu Kaljurand Athlete Profile

Anu Kaljurand

Anu Kaljurand
Position: Multi-Events Height: 5-8 Roster Years: 1990-1993 Hometown: Tallin Hall of Fame: 2010

  • 2010 Women's Track & Field




All-America

  • 1990 USTFCA Heptathlon (Outdoor)
  • 1991 USTFCA Heptathlon (Outdoor)
  • 1992 USTFCA Heptathlon (Outdoor)
  • 1992 USTFCA Long Jump (Indoor)


Academic All-America

  • 1993 CoSida First Team

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee

As the first athlete from Estonia to compete for BYU, Anu Kaljurand was a natural leader for the Cougars and continued on after graduation to influence her homeland's Olympic organizations.

While a member of the BYU Track and Field Team from 1990-1993, Kaljurand led the team to dominate on the track and helped solidify the Cougars as one of the top teams in the NCAA. During her sophomore and junior seasons, Kaljurand helped Coach Craig Poole and her teammates finish in the Top-10 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first two times in program history.

Individually, Anu is one of the most-decorated athletes in BYU Track and Field history. Kaljurand earned All-American honors each season during her four-year career. In 1992, her junior season, she won the NCAA Outdoor National Championship in the heptathlon; through the seven events she tallied 6,142 points, at the time the second most points in NCAA history.

The four-time All-American also competed for her home country of Estonia in the 1992 Olympic Games, where she placed 17th in the world in the heptathlon. Later that year, Kaljurand was named the Sportswoman of the Year in Track and Field by the Utah Network of Girls and Women in Sport.

After her career ended at BYU, Kaljurand remained in Utah and earned her MBA from Westminster College in Salt Lake City in 1997 before returning to Estonia. Since moving back to her home country, Kaljurand has become a member and leader in several Olympic and community organizations.

Anu's official work title is Head of Marketing for the Estonian Olympic Committee, but she participates in much more. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the First Lady's Cultural Foundation of Estonia and the Estonian Olympians Association, as well as a board member at the Nõmme Sports Club.

Kaljurand is also a founding member of the Board of the Estonian Athletes Association and organizes an annual auction to support families of tragically deceased athletes.

A 1993 BYU graduate, Kaljurand received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian. Since 1997 Anu and Marco (an Olympian himself, who competed in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta) have made their home in their native Estonia. The couple has two children—Lilian, born in 2001, and Henri, born in 2004.

Personal

  • Only athlete from the USSR to ever compete at BYU
  • B.A. in Russian from BYU, 1993
  • MBA from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, 1997
  • Married to Marco and they have two children

Career Highlights

Athletic

  • All-America for 4th in the heptathlon 1990
  • All-America for 2nd in the heptathlon 1991
  • All-America for 1st in the heptathlon 1992
  • All-America for 4th in the long jump 1992
  • Won heptathlon at 1992 NCAA Championships with a school-record 6,142, points, second-best time in NCAA history at the time
  • All-WAC in track 1991, 92, 93
  • Co-Athlete of the Meet at WAC Outdoor Championships
  • First at the WAC Indoor Championships in the 55m hurdles for a new meet record 1992
  • First in the 4x100m relays at WAC Outdoor Championships 1992
  • Second in the long jump at WAC Outdoor Championships 1992
  • Second in javelin throw at WAC Outdoor Championships 1992
  • Set a school record in the 100m hurdles with a personal best time of 13.18, 1992
  • Leona B. Holbrook Spirit of Sport Award by the Cougar Club

 

Academic

  • GTE/CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-America First Team
  • Received a $5,000 NCAA postgraduate scholarship award Regional
  • District VIII GTE Academic At-Large Team
  • WAC Scholar Athlete 1992
  • WAC All-Academic Team 1991,92
  • Stan Bates Award for Women by the WAC 1993
  • Cougar Club Scholar Athlete 1990, 91, 92
  • BYU’s NCAA Woman of the Year

Before BYU

  • Estonian champion in the 100m dash and 100m hurdles

After BYU

  • Competed for her home country of Estonia
  • Became a member and leader in several Olympic and community organizations
  • Acts as the Head of Marketing for the Estonian Olympic Committee
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the First Lady’s Cultural Foundation of Estoniaand the Estonian Olympians Association
  • Board member of the Nõmme Sports Club
  • Founding member of the Board of the Estonian Athletes Association
  • Organizes an annual auction to support families of tragically deceased athletes

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Placed 17th overall, 5th in the long jump and 7th in the javelin throw in the Olympic games in Barcelona
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame 2010
  • Sportswoman of the Year in Track and Field by the Utah Network of Girls and Women in Sport 1992
  • Utah NCAA Woman of the Year 1993
  • One of 10 finalists for NCAA Woman of the Year
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame 2010


1990 | Freshman Year

  • Placed fourth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships
  • Earned All-American honors
  • Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete

1991 | Sophomore Year

  • Placed second in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships
  • Earned All-American honors
  • WAC indoor and outdoor championships co-athlete of the meet
  • All-WAC Academic team
  • Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete

1992 | Junior Year

  • NCAA National Heptathlon Champion
  • First-place total for the heptathlon of 6,142 points is the second best in NCAA Championship history
  • Earned her third All-American award in the heptathlon
  • Competed for Estonia at the 1992 Olympic Games, placing 17th in the heptathlon
  • Named 1992 Sportswoman of the Year in Track and Field by the Utah Network of Girls and Women in sport

1993 | Senior Year

  • Placed fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump (20-03.5)
  • Named GTE Academic All-American