(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-- No. 8 BYU men’s cross country took fourth place for a spot on the podium at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday.
"We ended up on the podium and that certainly was a huge goal for us this year," head coach Ed Eyestone said. "I'm proud of the way the guys hung in there to get a podium spot. Tylor Thatcher really rose to the occasion and we benefitted from having Jared Ward back. He gave it his all. It's always good to finish on the podium."
Thatcher led the Cougars, finishing in 21st place for his second All-American finish in as many years. Ward, running in just his second race since having his eligibility reinstated, took 36th overall for his second straight All-American performance.
"We had some guys come through and had great finishes," Thatcher said. "Overall it was pretty good. Our goal going into it was to get on the podium and we are very excited to be have accomplished that goal."
The Cougars finished with 267 points. Colorado took first overall with 149 points for their fourth national championship in program history. Northern Arizona finished in second place with 169 points and Oklahoma State was third, finishing with 230 points. Oregon rounded out the top five with 274 points. Results can be found here.
It was the Cougars' second podium finish under Eyestone, as BYU finished in fourth place in 2011.