Men, Women Off to Fast Start
PROVO -- In the opening weekend of the 2010 cross country season, the BYU men’s and women’s teams competed at separate venues in Utah, with the women competing at the Utah State Open and the men in the BYU Autumn Classic.
The men's team took home a victory with 24 points over Minnesota and San Bernadino College. Junior Miles Batty won the race with a time of 19:49.9. Batty was at the front of 10 BYU competitors, seven of which finished in the top 10.
"I'm very pleased all around," BYU men's head coach Ed Eyestone said. "It was a very strong run by the team and I don't have too many complaints."
Behind Batty was sophomore Rex Shields (3), junior Alden Bahr (5), sophomore Jared Rohatinsky (7), seniors Jon Kotter (8) and Nate Ogden (9) and sophomore Josh Adams (10).
Complete race results are available on www.runnercard.com for the men's team.
The men will pick up again with the Riverside Invitational in Riverside, CA on September 18. Start time is at 9:15 a.m.
The No. 20 women’s team faced off against three Utah schools in Logan, including host Utah State, Utah and Weber State. Finishing with 23 team points, the Cougars took home the victory, with Weber State coming in second with 46 points.
“Our team ran really well at this opening race,” BYU women’s head coach Patrick Shane said. “We trained right through this race, so to have them run so well and show such good instincts to pull out the win is great.”
Senior Katie Bowen led the way for the Cougars, finishing first in the 5K race in 16:48. Just behind Bowen was 2009 MWC Freshman of the Year Nicole Nielsen, who finished third in 17:05.
“This is my senior year, so I am going to go as hard as I can all the time,” Bowen said. “I am excited for the rest of the season and know our team can be successful.”
Placing in the top 10 along with Bowen and Nielsen was Rachel Lange in fifth (17:20), Michaelanne Laurent in sixth (17:25), Millie Rapp in eighth (17:27) and Kendra Christensen in 10th (17:38).
The women will now have a few weeks off from competition as they prepare for the Aztec Invitational in San Diego on September 18. Competition that day will begin at 9:00 a.m. MST.
BYU Cross Country Season To Begin Saturday
PROVO -- The No. 17 BYU men’s cross country team and No. 20 women’s cross country team will open the 2010 season Saturday. The men will race at the BYU Autumn Classic and the women will head up to Logan for the Utah State Invitational.
“We are excited to get out and run, BYU men’s coach Ed Eyestone said. “We have had enough with the training and it’s time to get out and race.”
With the start of a new season, coaches plan on using this first race as a way to evaluate the depth that they have on their teams and how well athletes might perform during the season. They will hopefully be able to identify team leaders and individuals who stand out.
“We won’t really know where we are at until we race,” Eyestone said. “When we lace up the shoes and go we’ll know where we stand.”
BYU is starting the year with high expectations. With national rankings to enter the season, the Cougar harriers also come in ranked in the top five for both men and women within the region.
The women’s team is set to compete in a 5K race in Logan, starting at 9 a.m. Senior Cecily Lemmon-Lew, the 2009 MWC Cross Country champion, will not compete for the first month of the season. Despite Lemmon-Lew's absence, women's head coach Patrick Shane still expects top performances.
"I would not look at this meet as a warm-up," Shane said. "Once the gun fires, the competitive nature of the athletes takes over. I will be coaching them through most of the race, and they may stay in groups as a team, but I think we will see some outstanding performances."
Junior Miles Batty is expected to lead the field for the men’s team, along with senior Jon Kotter and newcomer, freshman Ben Johnston.
The men will compete in a 4-mile run across BYU’s Cross Country Course. Fans and supporters in the crowd can see over 70 percent of the race from the grandstands of the Clarence F. Robison Track. Students can attend free with their All-Sports pass while general admission is $5. Race time is at 11:40 a.m.
In Logan, the women's race will begin at 9:00 a.m. MST. The Cougars will compete on a 5K course consisting of established trails with a mix of rolling hills. Results will be available at www.utahstateaggies.com.