BYU secures first and second place at WCC Championships
OAKLAND, Calif. – BYU men’s cross country secured the championship title with a perfect score of 15 and the women's team finished second with 52 points at the West Coast Conference Championships on Friday at the Metropolitan Golf Links.
The men ran an 8k race and the women ran a 6k.
"I'm super pleased with the way the guys ran," head coach Ed Eyestone said. "They maintained a relentless pace and it paid off. To perfect score the conference meet over the third-ranked team in the country shows that we should be considered a national championship caliber team."
Ranked No. 2 in the nation, the BYU men’s team made WCC Championships history as the Cougars claimed the top five spots. It was the first time ever a team finished the championship meet with a perfect score. BYU defended its title for the third year in a row and fifth time in seven years.
Connor McMillan led the charge for the Cougars with a first-place finish (23:33.8). Daniel Carney (23:28.9), Casey Clinger (23:29.0), Rory Linkletter (23:29.0) and Clayton Young (23:29.1) crossed the finish line just after McMillan, each grabbing the front of their uniforms to show the BYU logo. The athletes had met the night before and talked about how they wanted to finish together and hold their uniforms proudly.
"It was an amazing team performance and it was nice for McMIllan to get the individual title," Eyestone said. "It shows that we have at least three individuals in McMillan, Linkletter and Young who can win a big meet individually."
The Cougars defeated No. 3 Portland, No. 29 San Francisco and regionally ranked No. 10 Gonzaga, No. 12 Santa Clara and No. 13 Loyola Marymount. This was perhaps the most stacked field in conference history.
The No. 18 women’s team finished second in the championships for the third year in a row. The Cougars finished behind No. 4 San Francisco.
"Our pack ran really well today," associate head women's coach Diljeet Taylor said. "USF is a great team this year and I think the women did a good job positioning themselves in a pack throughout the race. We ran a patient and persistent race as that was the plan going in."
Courtney Wayment finished first for the Cougars and sixth in the meet (20:02.1). This was her first time finishing first for BYU this season. Laura Young (20:03.6) finished close behind in seventh with Olivia Hoj (20:28.9) and Ashleigh WarneFinal 2017 #WCCchamps Women's Team Standingsr (20:31.6) crossing the line 11th and 12th. Kristi Rush rounded out the group, finishing 15th (20:42.3)
"I look forward to the next race to see how we stack up against the teams in our region," Taylor said.
Wayment and Young earned All-WCC First Team honors while Hoj, Warner and Rush were named to the second team.
BYU returns to Utah for the NCAA Mountain Region meet on Nov. 10 in Logan.
|1||No. 4 San Francisco||20||1-2-3-5-9(10)(14)|
|2||No. 18 BYU||51||6-7-11-12-15(17)(21)|
|1||Charlotte Taylor||San Francisco|
|2||Weronika Pyzik||San Francisco|
|3||Isabelle Brauer||San Francisco|
|4||Danielle Shanahan||Loyola Marymount|
|5||Marie Bouchard||San Francisco|
|9||Elizabeth Bird||San Francisco|
|10||Tatjana Schulte||San Francisco|
|13||Alexandra Beitia||Loyola Marymount|
|14||Lea Meyer||San Francisco|
BYU cross country looks to claim WCC Championship
PROVO, Utah – The BYU men’s and women’s cross country teams head to Oakland, California, to compete in the West Coast Conference Championship on Friday.
The women will run a 6k race and the men will follow with an 8k.
“The men’s cross country team is excited for the opportunity to defend our conference title,” head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We have a very strong team right now, but Portland is ranked No. 3 in the country so we have our work cut out for us.”
Following a strong win at the Pre-Nationals Invitational in Kentucky, the No. 2 men’s team aims to claim the conference title for the third straight year and fifth time in seven years. This is the first time in conference history that three of the WCC teams enter the championship with a top-five ranking, two from the men’s side and one from the women's.
“If our top four runners Rory Linkletter, Connor McMillan, Clayton Young and Casey Clinger run like they have all year, we should be fine,” Eyestone said.
In addition to No. 3 Portland, the Cougars will face No. 29 San Francisco and regionally ranked No. 10 Gonzaga, No. 12 Santa Clara and No. 13 Loyola Marymount to make this field perhaps the most stacked in conference history.
“The ladies are excited about competing at the WCC Championships,” associate head women’s coach Diljeet Taylor said. “They have worked hard all year long and are anxious to enter the championship portion of our season.”
The No. 18 women’s team finished second in the championships the past two years and first in 2014. The team is coming off of a seventh place finish at the Pre-Nationals Invitational, with Laura Young being BYU's top finisher. The Cougars will compete against No. 4 San Francisco and regionally ranked No. 8 Portland.
The West Coast Conference will take place at the Metropolitan Golf Course in Oakland, California. The women’s race will begin at 10:00 a.m. PT and the men will follow at 11:00 a.m. PT.