Men Place Seventh At Notre Dame Invitational
SOUTH BEND -- In the first of three projected meets in Indiana, the No. 20 BYU men's cross country team finished in seventh place at the star-studded Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.
The meet featured six ranked teams with host No. 12 Notre Dame taking the victory. A total of 23 teams competed in the invitational.
The Cougars were led by senior Chandler Goodwin, who finished the five-mile course in 24:14, good for 13th place.
"Chandler Goodwin is our team captain and as expected, he ran well," BYU coach Ed Eyestone said. "We had some really good performances, and we had some guys who didn't have their best day."
Eyestone was especially impressed with freshman Curtis Carr's race. Carr, a 6-foot-5 native of Nashville, Ind., placed fifth on the team and 52nd overall.
"True freshman Curtis Carr ran especially well considering it was his first five-mile race at a meet with such a high level of competition," Eyestone said.
BYU's other top runners were Stephan Shay (17th overall), Dustin Bybee (43rd) and Brandon Hebbert (46th).
The Cougars were without Jacob Gustafsson, a junior and fourth-place finisher in last week's Dave Murray Invitational. Gustafsson was interviewing with accounting firms.
BYU's next meet will be at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 13. Should the Cougars continue to improve, they could qualify for a third trip to Indiana for the NCAA Championships.
1. NOTRE DAME
2 10 16 30 34 (68) (93) = 92
2. NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
8 20 21 25 32 (96)(101) = 106
3. PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
4 11 23 28 58 (81)(130) = 124
3 14 37 39 45 (50) (60) = 138
5. FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
12 26 29 36 44 (77)(116) = 147
6. WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY
5 24 31 41 54 (80) (89) = 155
7. BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
13 17 43 46 52 (72) (83) = 171
Place Name School Class Time
1 JOSHUA MCDOUGAL LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SR 23:37
2 Patrick Smyth NOTRE DAME JR 23:44
3 MIKE WOODS MICHIGAN SR 23:49
4 MAX SMITH PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SR 23:54
5 SETH PILKINGTON WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY SR 24:02
6 TRENT HOERR ILLINOIS SR 24:07
7 DAVID HEBERT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY JR 24:08
8 WESLEY SMITH NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV. SR 24:08
9 PATRICK MELLEA BOSTON COLLEGE SR 24:10
10 Jake Watson NOTRE DAME SR 24:11
11 AHMED HAJI PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SR 24:12
12 LUKE GUNN FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY SR 24:13
13 CHANDLER GOODWIN BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY SR 24:14
17 STEPHAN SHAY BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY JR 24:20
43 DUSTIN BYBEE BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY SR 24:48
46 BRANDON HEBBERT BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY SO 24:50
52 CURTIS CARR BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY FR 24:52
72 TAYLOR FARNSWORTH BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY FR 25:10
83 TYREL JENSEN BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY SR 25:21
118 RYAN MERRIMAN BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY SO 25:53
120 DEREK TAYLOR BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY SR 25:54
Men, Women To Face Tough Competition On the Road
PROVO -- Both BYU's No. 18-ranked women's and No. 20-ranked men's cross country teams hit the road for high-powered meets this weekend.
The women's team travels to Springfield, Ore., for the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Friday at 9:15 a.m. PST and the men's team heads to the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday at 5 p.m. EDT. These are the first meets of the season when points toward nationals begin to add up.
"It's a very competitive meet and the level of competition will be exceptionally high," said Patrick Shane, BYU women's head coach of the Dellinger Invite. "By beating ranked teams we would enhance our chances of qualifying for nationals."
The Dellinger Invite will feature five top-25 NCAA finishers from 2006, including No. 4 Arkansas, last year's meet champion, No. 15 Georgia, No. 17 Washington, No. 18 BYU and No. 21 Colorado State. In 2006 at the invite, the BYU women's team placed second behind Arkansas.
The women's team is coming off a commanding victory at the Big Wave Invitational in Hawai`i, scoring just 20 points. With BYU's top runners resting, redshirt freshman Cecily Lemmon stepped up and placed second to lead all Cougar runners.
Stiff competition awaits the men in South Bend, Ind., as well. Six ranked teams highlight the men's race, including No. 9 North Carolina State, No. 12 Notre Dame, No. 14 Providence, No. 20 BYU, No. 24 Florida State and No. 25 Michigan. BYU's most recent trip to Notre Dame was in 2004 when the Cougars finished in fifth place. N.C. State won last year's race.
"This is going to be our first big invitational of the year," BYU men's coach Ed Eyestone said. "We're very excited about the opportunity to hook horns with some of these guys and see how we compare on the national level."
At the Dave Murray Invitational two weeks ago in Arizona, the Cougars finished in first place. Stephan Shay, a junior from East Jordan, Mich., placed first among college runners.