BYU Women's Cross Country Wins Regionals and Men Finish Third

PROVO -- In typical BYU fashion, the men's and women's team finished third and first respectively in the NCAA Mountain Regional Meet at the University of New Mexico Saturday. By winning their race, the women's team automatically qualified for nationals, and the men's team received an at-large bid for the national meet.

Kip Kangogo, BYU's top runner, came into the race with a hamstring strain and was not able to defend his unbeaten record, but BYU's other runners stepped up to the challenge. "Kip started off strong, but half way through the race his leg started bothering him and he had to let off," Eyestone said. "It would have been easy for him to throw in the towel, but he gutted it out. It really shows the team aspect of cross country."

Coach Eyestone said the key was that BYU's top five runners finished within 14 seconds of each other, with Lewis Jones finished first for BYU. Jones said, "I got a little nervous when I saw Kip lagging, and I knew we had to pick up the slack. It is a good feeling to know we're a quality team that can pick up the slack of our top guy."

Jones attributed their success to Coach Eyestone's focus on strength training. This was the first 10K race of the season, but Jones said the Cougars were ready for it.

The women's race came down to a photo finish between BYU's Michaela Mannova and NAU's Ida Nilsson. The two were shoulder-to-shoulder for the last 400 meters, but Mannova was able to push ahead for the win with a time of 30:31. "You just have to stay your ground," Mannova said. "But if the race was 20 meters longer I might have finished second."

BYU women's head coach Patrick Shane said it was their best overall race of the year, but they are still planning on improving. "I'm very optimistic going into nationals," he said. "It's where we want to be. We have seven women all running well, and we don't have a weakness."

Katie Martin, who finished seventh overall and third for the Cougars, said she was confident the team would finish close together. "I could see Michaela and Kassi ahead of me, and I knew the others weren't far behind."

Kassi Andersen finished second for BYU and third overall. She was followed by Martin, Jaime Cottle in eighth place and Breanne Sandberg in 10th place.

It was a winding but flat course, and the weather was a sunny 40 degrees. The Cougar men's and women's teams will next compete at the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., November 25.

Mountain Regaionals 6K Women's Team Results
Place School Points
1 BYU 29
2 University of Colorado 66
3 NAU 90
4 Colorado State University 99
5 Weber State University 105
6 Air Force 209
7 Montana State University 219
8 Utah State  220
9 University of Utah 235
10 Texas Tech 269
Mountain Region Women's Individual Results
Place Runner School Time
1 Michaela Mannova BYU 20:31
2 Ida Nilsson NAU 20:32
3 Kassi Anderson BYU 20:33
4 Sara Gorton  University of Colorado 20:39
5 Holly Austin  University of Colorado 20:42
6 Johanna Nilsson NAU 20:45
7 Katie Martin BYU 20:52
8 Jamie Cottle BYU 21:16
9 Natalie Florence University of Colorado 21:20
10 Breanne Sandberg BYU 21:22

 

Mountain Regaionals 6K Men's Team Results
Place School Points
1 NAU 74
2 University of Colorado 93
3 BYU 99
4 Weber State 128
5 Montana State 130
6 Colorado State 180
7 University of New Mexico 186
8 Utah State 203
9 University of Utah 214
10 Air Force 215
Mountain Region Men's Individual Results
Place Runner School Time
1 Jorge Torres University of Colorado 29:33
2 Antony Ford University of Montana 30:11
3 Edwardo Torres University of Colorado 30:22
4 Lyle Weese  Montana State 30:22
5 Nurani Sheikh NAU 30:26
6 Laird Travis NAU 30:30
7 Bashar Ibrahim UTEP 30:32
8 Matt Gonzales University of New Mexico 30:36
9 Delfino Arevalo University of Utah 30:36
10 Casey Jermyn Montana State 30:38
BYU Men's Finishers
Place Runner Time
12 Lewis Jones 30:41
16 Chad Durham 30:45
17 Matt Adams 30:45
26 Steve Barrus 30:53
28 Kip Kangogo 30:55
35 Andy Carman 31:16
61 Nathan Robison 32:08