National Champions

For the past 34 years as the BYU women’s cross country coach, Patrick Shane has worked to establish his program to elite status in the NCAA. With 25 conference championships, 16 region championships, 21 top-ten finishes and four NCAA National Championships, Shane and his runners have done just that. The women’s team consistently finishes ranked at or near the top in the national rankings. The Cougars have entered the NCAA Cross Country Championships several times as the No. 1 ranked team. Last season Morgan Haws earned All-America honors by placing 14th at the national meet.

Shane’s formula for success can be found within the team. Each individual athlete understands and is committed to putting in the time and effort it takes to be the best. Shane’s ability to structure his teams’ training allows the runners to peak at the right time is also a key to the team's success. BYU runners have earned 48 All-America citations since 1983. In 2001 the Cougars won its third national championship capturing the title with one of the biggest margins of victory in the history of the NCAA Championships, defeating second-place N.C. State by 86 points. The Cougars won the championship for their fourth time in 2002 beating Stanford University by 28 points.

1997 NCAA Final Results
Greenville, South Carolina, November 24, 1997
22 Teams, 5K
Team Place School Individual Finishes Points
1 Brigham Young 5, 13, 22, 27, 33 100
2 Stanford 2, 14, 15, 27, 78 125
3 Colorado 12, 27, 40, 41, 48 178
BYU Scorers
Place Runner Time
5 Courtney Pugmire* 16:58
13 Maggie Chan* 17:04
22 Elizabeth Jackson* 17:19
27 Tara Haynes 17:22
33 Emily Nay 17:31

*Awarded All-America honors

Coach Patrick Shane named NCAA Cross Country Coach of 1997

1999 NCAA Final Results
Bloomington, Indiana, November 22, 1999
31 Teams, 5K
Team Place School Individual Finishes Points
1 Brigham Young 11, 16, 17, 23, 26 72
2 Arkansas 2, 3, 15, 27, 78 125
3 Stanford 4, 5, 11, 33, 74 127
BYU Scorers
Place Runner Time
11 Elizabeth Jackson* 16:59
16 Kara Ormond* 17:11
17 Tara Rohatinsky* 17:14
23 Sharolyn Shields 17:16
26 Laura Heiner 17:17

*Awarded All-America honors

Coach Patrick Shane named NCAA Cross Country Coach of 1999

2001 NCAA Final Results
Greenville, South Carolina, November 19, 2001
31 Teams, 6K
Team Place School Individual Finishes Points
1 Brigham Young 5, 7, 9, 20, 21 62
2 N.C. State 4, 13, 18, 41, 72 148
3 Georgetown 14, 30, 35, 37, 64 180
BYU Scorers
Place Runner Time
5 Michaela Mannova* 20:42
7 Jessie Kindschi* 20:49
9 Tara Northcutt* 20:55
23 Lindsey Thomsen 21:11
24 Sarah Taylor 21:12

*Awarded All-America honors

2002 NCAA Final Results
Terre Haute, Indiana, November 25, 2002
31 Teams, 6K
Team Place School Individual Finishes Points
1 Brigham Young 4, 6, 15, 28, 32 85
2 Stanford 2, 3, 9, 40, 59 113
3 Notre Dame 5, 14, 37, 56, 58 170
BYU Scorers
Place Runner Time
4 Michaela Mannova* 19:49
6 Kassi Anderson* 19:56
15 Katie Martin* 20:15
28 Breanne Sandberg* 20:36
32 Jamie Cottle* 20:45

*Awarded All-America honors

Coach Patrick Shane named NCAA Cross Country Coach of 2002