Clinger wins Weber State Invitational
MORGAN, Utah – All-American Casey Clinger took first place at the Weber State Invitational to help No. 2 BYU men’s cross country edge out a one-point victory over Weber State at the Round Valley Golf Course on Friday.
The men’s race became a duel between Weber State and BYU after a late positive COVID-19 test from Montana State’s team eliminated them from the competition. The Cougars finished with 28 points to narrowly defeat the Wildcats and their 29 total points.
“Whenever you’re in a duel meet, you need to make sure you man up,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “Even though we may have one of the top runners in the country in Casey Clinger, you can’t make much up due to how few guys are in the field. I thought that our team did a good job, especially considering we didn’t have Conner Mantz or Clayson Shumway. I think it was a good experience because it allowed guys an opportunity to step up in the absence of a couple of stars.”
Clinger separated himself from the rest of the field with a little more than two kilometers left in the 8K. The sophomore cruised to a 23:50.9 finish to claim the individual title. Junior Brandon Garnica took third place with a time of 23:58.2, just fractions of a second behind the second-place finisher.
Sophomore Ethan Cannon placed eighth overall (24:35.1) in his season debut for the Cougars while Freshman Aidan Troutner finished in 10th place (24:44.7). Senior Connor Weaver (24:48.2), junior Adam Wood (25:04.7), junior Zachry Jacklin (25:07.2) and senior Matt Owens (25:08.8) all finished 12-15, respectively. Freshman Stetson Moss placed 17th (25:15.5) in his collegiate debut while sophomore Zack Ericksen finished 19th to round out the BYU runners racing in uniform.
"The two guys who stepped up the most were Brandon Garnica and Ethan Cannon,” Eyestone said. “Garnica came on really strong and we knew that would happen because he is an All-American caliber type of athlete. We made the decision early this week that Ethan would be one of the guys to race this week and he delivered. The fact that he ran as well as he did put us in a place to get the win.”
The Cougars will not race again this fall as they will prepare for the winter portion of the 2020-21 cross country season that begins January 23. The NCAA Cross Country Championships are set to take place on March 15, at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
No. 2 BYU men’s cross country to race at Weber State Invitational
PROVO, Utah – No. 2 BYU men’s cross country is set to compete at the Weber State Invitational on Friday, Nov. 6, at the Round Valley Golf Course in Morgan, Utah.
- Race Schedule: Men’s 8K race at 3:45 p.m. MST
- Teams Racing: BYU, Montana State and Weber State
- Location: Round Valley Golf Course | 1875 Round Valley Road | Morgan, UT, 84050
- Live Results: Antelope Racing
- Final Results (when available)
- Spectators are allowed to attend but must follow specific health protocols
- A livestream of the event will be on the BYU cross country Instagram account
- Team updates will be posted on the BYU cross country Twitter account
- Click here for more meet information
“We’re excited, this will be our concluding meet to the shortened fall portion of our cross country season,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “Montana State and Weber State are very good this year so it will be a nice finale and then we’ll get back to work to get ready for the winter cross country season when the NCAA Championships will actually take place.”
All-American Casey Clinger will be amongst the BYU athletes competing on Friday. After a third-place finish at the OSU Invitational in October, FloTrack ranked Clinger as the fourth-best cross country runner in the NCAA this year.
The Cougars will also race Ethan Cannon, Zack Ericksen, Brandon Garnica, Zachry Jacklin, Kramer Morton, Stetson Moss, Matt Owens, Aidan Troutner, Connor Weaver and Adam Wood. Both Cannon and Moss will make their season debuts while the rest of the squad all competed at the OSU Invitational.
The BYU men’s cross country team was voted the No. 2 team in the nation in the first USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll of the year following a strong third-place finish at the OSU Invitational without All-American Clayson Shumway. The Cougars remained at the No. 2 spot when this week’s poll was released on Tuesday.