Kassi Anderson, a cross country runner of the week. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Kassi Andersen, Women's Cross Country - Junior; Provo, UT
Kassi Andersen placed third and led No. 6 BYU to a fourth place finish in the women's 6k Blue Race at the Pre-National meet on Saturday. Andersen crossed the finish line with a time of 20:22.1. BYU's fourth place finish came behind No. 1 Stanford, Minnesota and Arizona State.
"I just tried to stick with the program," said Andersen. "My strategy was to run up with the top group. I tried to stick mentally tough with it and stay with those top girls, hang on to the end."
Chandler Goodwin, Men's Cross Country - Junior; Pleasant Grove, UT
The No. 9 men's team was led by Chandler Goodwin (21) to a ninth place finish in the White Race at the Pre-National meet on Saturday. Though the BYU team ran without its top performer, senior Josh Rohatinsky, Goodwin stepped up and finished with a time of 24:02.4. The men's ninth place finish out of 36 teams in the 8k White Race was led by No. 5 Iona, Stanford and Florida.
"Chandler had a nice solid race," said head coach Ed Eyestone.
Erica Lott, Women's Volleyball - Junior; Orem, UT
Cougar rightside hitter Erica Lott put together a phenomenal performance in BYU's five-game win at Wyoming on Thursday. The junior tied a Mountain West Conference record for block assists in a match with 14 and helped BYU break both school and MWC records with 61 team block assists while also breaking the MWC's team single-match total block record with 30.5, second all-time in BYU volleyball history. In addition to her 14 blocks, she also posted her fifth double-double of the season with 20 kills and was one dig shy of the first triple-double of her career and the first for BYU since 2004.
On the season, Lott leads the league in kills and points and is ranked fifth in blocks.
Rachel Newren, Women's Golf - Senior, Salt Lake City, UT
Rachel Newren led the No. 14 BYU Cougars to a ninth place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.
Newren, placed ninth overall at the tournament held at the Sahalee Country Club finishing with an eight-over-par. The ninth place finish is Newren's 21st- top 20 finish.
Daniel Summerhays, Men's Golf - Junior; Farmington, UT
For the third consecutive tournament, BYU's Daniel Summerhays' top 10 finish helped pace the Cougars as they finished 4th in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate on Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala.
After recording an NCAA record 60 in his previous tournament, Summerhays stayed in the 60's all three rounds to finish in fifth place at nine-under-par. He went 68-69-67--204 and has finished in the top 10 in all three tournaments this season. He has also finished under par in all three tournaments the season and leads the Cougars with an impressive 69.6 stroke average.
Carolyn Swenson, Women's Soccer - Junior; Fruit Heights, UT
Carolyn Swenson got her first and second starts in the midfield this weekend after starting at forward all year. Swenson controlled the tempo of the Cougars' games against San Diego State and Air Force by dribbling in and around Aztec and Falcon defenders. She continually set her teammates up for prime scoring opportunities. Swenson is second on the team with three assists on the season.