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Braden Taylor | Posted: 15 Mar 2021 | Updated: 22 Jul 2021
Braden Taylor

BYU women’s cross country wins national title

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STILLWATER, Okla. – The BYU women’s cross country team won the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships, its fifth national title in program history, with a team score of 96 points at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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“I’m just extremely proud and humbled to be their coach,” said associate director of cross country/track and field Diljeet Taylor said. “They’re running for something bigger than themselves. When you can get women that step on the line empowered, strong and really feeling in their hearts they can win, that’s when you see magic happen. That’s what we witnessed today.”

Five Cougars finished in the top 50 to lead the BYU women’s cross country team to its first national championship since 2003 and its fifth team title overall (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2021). Four Cougars finished in the top 40 and received All-America honors for their performances, the most All-Americans on one BYU team since 2003.

Senior Anna Camp-Bennett moved up four spots in the final kilometer of the 6K to cross first for the Cougars and take 11th place (20:28.3). Junior Aubrey Frentheway (20:34.9) and senior Whittni Orton (20:35.6) finished 15th and 17th overall, respectively, to give the Cougars three of the top 20 finishers.

Senior Sara Musselman (20:51.3) placed 33rd overall while junior McKenna Lee (20:59.9) finished 41st, one spot away from All-America status. Junior Haley Johnston (21:38.0) placed 115th and true freshman Lexy Halladay (22:14.6) finished 184th overall to round out the seven BYU runners.

“Last night, I felt really good at the end of our team meeting,” Taylor said. “It felt like something good was going to happen. I told them to be gold diggers and you saw them dig really deep today.”

BYU’s depth proved dominant with the second-place team's score being more than 60 points behind the Cougars. Under coach Taylor, the women’s team has finished in the top 10 four of her five years, including a second-place finish last year. Taylor’s teams have never finished below 11th place at the championship meet.

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Braden Taylor | Posted: 14 Mar 2021 | Updated: 15 Mar 2021
Braden Taylor

BYU cross country ready for 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships

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2021 NCAA XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - GRAPHIC

PROVO, Utah – The BYU men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete at the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday, March 15 at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Meet Information

  • Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Course: OSU Cross Country Course
  • Date: Monday, March 15
  • Women’s 6K: 12:50 p.m. EDT
  • Men’s 10K: 1:40 EDT
  • Live Coverage: ESPNU/ESPN App (12:30 p.m. EDT)
  • Live Results: Record Timing
  • Closed to the general public

The BYU men’s squad enters the meet ranked No. 1 in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll. Winning the first national championship in the men’s program history in 2019, the Cougars will look to defend their title as they make their 22nd consecutive appearance at the championship meet.

The BYU women’s squad is ranked No. 2 in the latest USTFCCCA national poll. The Cougars were the national runner-ups in 2019, marking the program’s fourth consecutive top-12 finish at the championships. This year marks the sixth straight championship meet the women’s team has qualified for.

Both squads are coming off first-place finishes at the 2020 West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships. All-American Conner Mantz claimed the men’s individual title while leading the men’s squad to its sixth-straight WCC Championship. Anna Camp-Bennett and Aubrey Frentheway finished 2-3 to help the women’s squad win its third-straight league title.

The championships will be broadcast live on ESPNU and the ESPN App. This will be the first time the championships have been covered on live television since 2009.

The OSU Cross Country Course underwent a recent multi-million dollar renovation in preparation for the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
 
Construction of the course began on June 12, 2018 and was completed in late July 2019. The course was completely sodded and consists of just under one million square feet of Astro Bermuda grass. Carved throughout wooded areas and prairie with varying elevations, the course was also widened to 10-plus meters throughout. The new starting straightaway is 850 meters.
 
A run-through time-lapse of the men's course is available at the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSAtw1vlqks
 
A run-through time-lapse of the women's course is available at the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbpYFLtNxvs&t=18s