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Why BYU?


BYU’s women’s cross country team has won four national championships, finishing in the top-10 six times in the last thirteen years. In addition, the team won each MWC championship from 1998-2006, and took second place three out of its last four seasons in the MWC Conference. This past year the team completed its fourth season in the WCC finishing first in the conference. The women’s cross country team has also consistently finished in the top-3 in the Mountain Region.


Coach Patrick Shane has been with the women’s cross country program for the last 35 years, guiding the women to a reputation of national acclaim. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named Shane the NCAA Cross Country Coach of the Year three times.


The Cougars have the opportunity to run against some of the top schools in the nation each season, including traditional powerhouses Stanford and Colorado. With one home meet in addition to several national and international competitions, the teams have many experience-building opportunities.


BYU has a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center with nearly 10,000 feet of workings space that ranks among the nation’s best. It features 106 stations to accommodate both male and female athletes.

The strength and conditioning staff includes certified athletic trainers, a sports physical therapist, a team physician, team orthopedic surgeons and a wide variety of other medical specialists. The staff has experienced excellent results through its computer-analyzed combination of a strict weight and conditioning program, a carefully planned diet and sufficient rest.


BYU has a high commitment to the success of the student-athletes. The University offers a full-time Academic Advisement staff, mentor and tutor programs, and is a member of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program.


BYU’s state-of-the-art training center includes:

  • Speed Center
  • Athletic Training Center
  • Massage Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Physical Therapists
  • Weight Training Center
  • Indoor Track Center
  • High Altitude Training
  • Alter-G


Training along the Wasatch Front is made enjoyable by breathtaking scenery, countless trails and routes that can satisfy any running preference. The 14-mile Provo River Parkway is just one of the many outdoor trails frequented by BYU’s cross country enthusiasts.