Cross Country Finishes Season Strong

Junior Josh Rohatinsky finished sixth at the NCAA Cross Country Champioships and picked up his second All-America honor on Monday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

TERRE HAUTE -- Senior Chelsea Smith McKell finished 24th and junior Josh Rohatinsky finished sixth as BYU's women's and men's cross country teams finished eighth and 13th, respectively, in Monday's NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Coming into the race the women were ranked No. 8 in the nation and finished eighth for the second season in a row. The eighth-place finish also marks the 11th consecutive season the Cougars have finished in the top 10.

"It was a tough race out there with great competition," women's head coach Patrick Shane said. "It was the strongest field that I can ever remember in terms of competition. I'm proud of our eighth-place finish. I think the girls had a great year, and it's a real honor to be in the top 10 at nationals."

Stanford captured the women's title (6K), finishing with 146 points. Defending national champion Colorado placed second with 181 points and highly touted Duke finished third with 185. Arizona State came in fourth scoring 191 points and Illinois snuck into the top five with 212 points followed by Michigan (250), Notre Dame (252) and BYU's eighth-place finish came with 288 points.

McKell's 24th-place finish came with a time of 20:24.0, which earned her All-America honors.

"I did what I expected to do," McKell said. "I knew I could do it if I prepared well. I have no regrets. I went as hard as I could and I tried my very best. I feel great because we can go home happy."

McKell was followed closely by teammate and Mountain West Conference Champion Heidi Magill, who finished 39th with a time of 20:32.8. The Cougars' third runner was Breanne Sandberg, who came in 83rd with a time of 20:59.8, followed by MWC Freshman of the Year Amy Fowler, placing 99th (21:10.1), and Anne Heiner, who finished the scoring for BYU with a 139th-place finish (21:26.2).

On the men's side, Wisconsin ran away with the title (10K), scoring 37 points. Arkansas came in second with 105 points followed by Notre Dame (178), Iona (205), and Colorado, who rounded out the top five with 222 points. The Cougars' 13th-place finish came with 416 points.

Individually, MWC Champion Josh Rohatinsky came out strong and finished with a time of 29:40.2 (sixth overall), earning himself All-America honors for the second year in a row.

"The main thing is just getting out good, and I was surprised I got out as well as I did," Rohatinsky said. "That was key in how I raced today. Some of the other guys didn't race as well today, but this is one race. Those guys have proven themselves all season. You can't base a season on this one race."

Finishing second was Chandler Goodwin, who ran what men's head coach Ed Eyestone termed "the race of his young life." Goodwin got out fast and held on well to finish 36th with a time of 30:16.9, just enough to pick up his first cross country All-America honor. Josh McAdams was the Cougars' third runner finishing 131st with a time of 31:17.5, followed by Nick McCombs finishing 172nd (31:39.0) and MWC Freshman of the Year Jacob Gustafsson, who finished 177th (31:42.3).

Eyestone said he felt just fine with the performance of his team.

"I thought it was a great team effort, particularly for Josh," Eyestone said. "Josh put himself out in the hunt, and he ran like a big dog. He ran with the pack and then when things started stretching out, he had the courage to break ahead. As a team, this was not our best race, but the bottom line is everybody tried their best. We're a strong team. We'll reload and get 'er done next year."


24 Chelsea McKell 20:24.0

39 Heidi Magill 20:32.8

83 Breanne Sandberg 20:59.8

99 Amy Fowler 21:10.1

139 Anne Heiner 21:26.2

158 Ann Marie Thomas 21:41.1

169 Kristen Ogden 21:47.6


6 Josh Rohatinsky 29:40.2

36 Chandler Goodwin 30:16.9

131 Josh McAdams 31:17.5

172 Nick McCombs 31:39.0

177 Jacob Gustafsson 31:42.3

182 Dustin Bybee 31:43.4

197 Tyrel Jensen 31:52.7

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