Shadow Mountain Park
3300 Sparks Blvd. Sparks NV 89431
RENO, Nev. – Freshman Ashleigh Warner and three other newcomers finished their first collegiate race in the top six to give BYU its first win of the year at the Reno Twilight Classic.
“This was just a fun meet to be apart of,” head coach Patrick Shane said. “Our freshman led our team, and we all saw a glimpse of what we have the potential to become. Going into this race, we set a goal to have all 13 of our runners in the top 20, and we ended up accomplishing that goal.”
Warner finished first for BYU and second overall crossing the line in 14 minutes 44 seconds. Teammate Danica Wyson finished just two seconds later to finish second for BYU and third overall (14:46). Rachel Stewart finished third for BYU and fifth overall (14:54), while teammate Laura Young finished fourth for BYU and sixth overall, one second behind Stewart (14:55).
To close out the Cougars’ top five, Makenna Smith came in at 14:59 to finish eighth overall. BYU finished with a total of 24 points, 14 points ahead of the University of Nevada, which finished with 38. Utah (83) and UNLV (102) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Warner, Wyson and Young were all part of Shane’s strong recruiting class and were several of Utah’s top distance runners in last year's high school track and field season. Stewart, a native of Great Falls, Montana, is one of the team’s walk-ons and is already making a significant impact to the overall team’s performance.
“Going into this race, we didn’t really know what to expect,” Warner said. “Right before it started, coach Shane told us to be competitive and that’s what we did. It was great to run with teammates so close and if we continue that, it will really help in some of the tougher races coming up.”
Last week BYU competed at the Utah State Classic but did not place due to an insufficient number of runners on each team BYU entered. Candace Eddy Carlisle finished first for BYU and 14th overall in Logan. This week she improved her ranking to finish 10th overall in 15:00. Kathryn Vidmar finished ninth overall, just tenths of a second behind Smith and one second ahead of Carlisle.
Full results from the Reno Twilight Classic can be found here.
Next week both the men's and women’s team return home to host the annual BYU Autumn Classic on Sept. 17.
Women's cross country to run in Reno Twilight Classic
PROVO, Utah – Head coach Patrick Shane and the BYU women’s cross country team head to Sparks, Nev., Saturday to compete in the Reno Twilight Classic.
“Because we chose not to place last week,” Shane said, “competing in the Twilight Classic will be a great chance to show the strong caliber of team we have for the first time this season. This will be our first test as a team.”
BYU did not place as a team at the Utah State Classic due to a decision to run two incomplete teams. The first team consisted of four runners and the second consisted of two. This week, however, the Cougars plan to run for a first-place finish against UNR, in-state rival Utah and UNLV.
Juniors Candace Eddy Carlisle and Loren Wynn go into their second race of the year as two of the top runners for the Cougars so far this season. Carlisle finished first for BYU and 14th overall last week. Wynn finished third for BYU and 20th overall. Freshman Jennica Redd and Meghan Hedquist also had solid performances last week finishing 20th and 25th, respectively.
Other runners set to compete for the first time this season include Lisa Drury, Andrea Nelson, Makenna Smith, Rachel Stewart, Katie Swanson, Kathryn Vidmar, Ashleigh Warner, Danica Wyson and Laura Young.
The Reno Twilight Classic is an annual event hosted by the University of Nevada Reno, which is open to runners in middle school, high school, college and the community. The meet will kick off at 6:10 p.m. PDT with the middle school runners, and the remaining divisions will then begin with 25-minute intervals in between.
The women’s college division will begin at 9:10 p.m., and the community division will close out the classic at 9:40 p.m.
All races will take place on a loop course at Shadow Mountain Park.
Full results of the classic will be available at www.nevadawolfpack.com at the conclusion of the races.