Wagner, Shay Lead Cougars at Pre-Nationals

Freshman Angela Wagner finished 26th in the White Race at Pre-Nationals. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

TERRE HAUTE -- Pre-Nationals is a good mid-season barometer of where a team stands, and the BYU women's and men's cross country teams showed well finishing in sixth and 11th place, respectively.

The meet was broken down into four separate races with a Blue and White Race for both the men and the women. The No. 15 BYU women ran in the 6K White Race against 35 other teams, with freshman Angela Wagner leading the way in a time of 20:59, good for 26th place. The men ran in the 8K Blue Race against 38 other teams, as junior Stephan Shay paced the Cougars with a time of 23:52. Shay finished in 26th place as well.

"It was probably our best overall run this year," BYU men's coach Ed Eyestone. "I was particularly impressed with our third through six runners. We've just got to close the gap a little bit between our second and third runner."

Trailing just five seconds behind Shay for the Cougars was 2005 All-American Chandler Goodwin. There was then a 19-second gap with the next four Cougar runners finishing just six seconds apart.

"Stephan and I ran by each other the whole race," Goodwin said. "This course that we ran on today was in great shape. It was cool and overcast -- perfect racing conditions."

Rounding out the top five for the Cougars were sophomore Brandon Hebbert (24:16), junior Dan Hinckley (24:18) and junior Jacob Gustafsson (24:22).

The BYU women tied for sixth in a stacked race, with key wins over No. 18 Providence, No. 20 Florida, No. 23 Iowa and No. 28 Georgia.

"Beating those teams gives us a leg up going into Nationals if we don't qualify through Regionals," BYU women's coach Patrick Shane said. "It was also nice to see how well we ran as a group."

Just 26 seconds separated the scoring top five for BYU, the closest splits the team has had with its top runners all year. Coach Shane said he was especially impressed with the race of senior Jenna Jensen.

"Jenna Jensen had the best race of the year, and maybe her life," Shane said of Jensen's 21:18 6K performance, good for third among Cougar runners. "I'm really happy with her effort, and it shows the depth of our team."

Wagner said she ran well for the first 3K, but got tired over the final half-mile.

"That last half-mile went pretty bad," Wagner admitted. "A 6K race is still a stretch for me considering I'm an 800m runner."

Behind Wagner was sophomore Katie Bowen (21:00), Jensen, freshman Cecily Lemmon (21:20) and junior Amber Duffin (21:25).

Both BYU teams will be in action on Oct. 27 in San Diego for the Mountain West Conference Championships.

Women's Results

6K White Race Overall Team Results

1. Princeton (149)

2. Arizona State (171)

3. Michigan (173)

4. Washington (187)

5. Illinois (189)

6. Colorado (231)

6. Brigham Young (231)

6. Brigham Young - White Race

Team Overall Name Time

1 26 Angela Wagner 20:59

2 30 Katie Bowen 21:00

3 51 Jenna Jensen 21:18

4 56 Cecily Lemmon 21:20

5 68 Amber Duffin 21:25

6 (75) Amy Fowler-Layne 21:31

7 (104) Tawny Bybee 21:49

Women's Open Invitational

Place Name Time

21 Anna Sperry 22:03

34 Stacy Slight 22:25

36 Carolyn Quebe 22:26

50 Angela Peterson 22:41

56 Wendy Harris 22:53

Men's Results

8K Blue Race Overall Team Results

1. Northern Arizona (124)

2. Iona (136)

3. California (157)

4. Virginia (203)

5. Alabama (207)

6. Tulsa (240)

7. Portland (250)

8. UCLA (251)

9. Louisville (263)

10. Iowa State (270)

11. Brigham Young (278)

Team Overall Name Time

1 26 Stephan Shay 23:52

2 39 Chandler Goodwin 23:57

3 68 Brandon Hebbert 24:16

4 70 Dan Hinckley 24:18

5 75 Jacob Gustafsson 24:22

6 (76) Dustin Bybee 24:22

7 (162) Curis Carr 25:06

Men's Open Invitational

Place Name Time

4 Tyrel Jensen 24:45

5 Derek Taylor 24:48

20 Taylor Farnsworth 25:04

22 Ryan Merriman 25:06

71 Jon Kotter 25:57

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