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Anonymous | Posted: 19 Nov 2001 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU Men Finish 12th at NCAA Championships


The BYU men's cross country team continues their quest toward becoming a national power with a 12th-place finish at today's NCAA Cross Country Championships.

The Cougars trip to Greenville marks the third straight trip for the men's team and the second straight year the team has improved upon the previous year's finish at nationals. Last year, the team finished 23rd at the national meet.

"The first thing you have to do to become a national power is get to nationals consistently," head coach Ed Eyestone said. "When you do that the runners start feeling like they belong at that race and begin to get comfortable and you can start developing a strong tradition. Success breeds success."

The Cougars were led once again by All-American John Hedengren, who finished the 10K race in 30:18 for 47th place. He was followed closely by teammate Lewis Jones, who crossed in 30:25 to place 53rd in a field of 244.

"The race started out pretty quick but I knew I just had to relax and keep passing people," Hedengren said. "Lewis and I ran together and we just worked our way up in the field as the race went on."

"I thought we had a good team effort and we had a consistent performance, which we have not had the past two years. We are building a tradition of excellence at BYU."

The men's team came into the NCAAs ranked 13th in the polls but made a climb and finished just four points behind 11th-place Michigan. The Cougars finished with 368 points for the meet.

The future appears to be looking up for a young BYU team, who will only lose Hedengren off this year's squad.

"This is a good point to build on for the team," Eyestone said. "We had a strong performance from each of the guys and I was pleased with the team."

NCAA Men's Championship Top Team Finishers

1. Colorado 90

2. Stanford 91

3. Arkansas 118

4. Northern Arizona 193

5. Wisconsin 245

12. Brigham Young 368

NCAA Men's Championship Top Ten Individual Finishers

1. Boaz Chboiywo Eastern Michigan 28:47

2. Jorge Torres Colorado 29:06

3. Alistair Cragg Arkansas 29:10

4. Dathan Ritzenheim Colorado 29:11

5. Luke Watson Notre Dame 29:19

6. Ryan Shay Notre Dame 29:23

7. Donald Sage Stanford 29:24

8. Matt Tegenkamp Wisconsin 29:26

9. Josh Spiker Wisconsin 29:29

10. Travis Laird Northern Arizona 29:31

BYU Finishers

47. John Hedengren 30:18

53. Lewis Jones 30:25

90. Andy Carman 30:53

113. Steve Barrus 31:08

152. Ammon Larsen 31:30

197. Mark Nevers 32:03

240. Tyler Bushnell 33:28


Anonymous | Posted: 15 Nov 2001 | Updated: 28 Apr 2011

Fresh off a second and third-place finish, respectively, at the NCAA Mountain Regional in Provo last weekend, BYU's No. 2 women's and No. 13 men's cross country teams travel to Greenville, S.C. with high hopes.

The women's team looks to better their third to outdo last year's runner-up finish by winning their third national title in the last five years.

The women are led by two-time All-American Tara Northcutt, who has been the Cougars top finisher in every race she has run this season. Northcutt is the anchor in a talented group of runners that look to unseed top-ranked Stanford.

The Cardinal is the only team BYU has not beaten this season, finishing two points behind Stanford at the Pre-National Invitational in October.

"On paper Stanford seems to have t he edge and that is why they are ranked first," women's head coach Patrick Shane said. "We are expecting to challenge them for a national championship along with several other top schools, including Georgetown and N.C. State."

N.C. State beat the Cougars earlier in the season at the Great American Festival in Charlotte, N.C. BYU avenged that loss at the Pre-National meet when N.C. State finished third.

"It's going to be a close race and it really comes down to who runs well Monday afternoon," Shane said. "If we can have a solid race from each of our athletes, we have a good shot at winning."

On the men's side, All-American John Hedengren takes the No. 13 BYU men into the race lookingto make a splash on the national scene.

Men's head coach Ed Eyestone, in his second year as head coach, expects the team to improve on last year's 23rd-place finish at nationals.

"The guys and I started the season thinking we had a legitimate shot at the top ten," Eyestone said. "We're currently ranked 13th but if we can keep our spread between 40 and 45 seconds, we should be able to reach our goal.

The races will be run Monday, with the men's 10K scheduled to start at 9 a.m. (MDT) and the women's 6K race to follow at 10:15 a.m. (MDT).