No. 7 Cougars open season, win the Autumn Classic


PROVO, Utah  —  No. 7 BYU women’s cross country won the Autumn Classic as it opened its season at home on Friday.



The Cougars claimed the top-5 spots on the way to scoring a perfect, meet-winning 15 points. 

The team was led by redshirt freshman Jenna Hutchins as she claimed the individual title and got the lean over teammate Carmen Alder. Hutchins and Alder finished in 17:26.2 and 17:26.3, respectively, as they broke away from the rest of the field with 200 meters to go. 

Finishing in third was three-time cross country All-American Aubrey Frentheway in 17:33.6. Fellow All-American Lexy Halladay-Lowry finished just behind her in fourth with a time of 17:34.7. Rounding out the scorers was North Carolina transfer Carlee Hansen in 17:58.7


Top 10 BYU Women 
Athlete  Time  Overall Place
Jenna Hutchins 17:26.2  1st
Carmen Alder 17:26.3 2nd
Aubrey Frentheway 17:33.6  3rd
Lexy Halladay-Lowry 17:34.7 4th
Carlee Hansen 17:58.7  5th
Destiny Everett 18:01.9  6th
Anastaysia Davis  18:14.17  8th
Grace Hutchison 18:22.5  10th
Taylor Rohatinsky 18:35.7  11th
Julie Sumsion  18:43.6  13th


  • The women win the Autumn Classic for the fourth-straight time, claiming nine out of the last 10 since 2012 (the Cougars did not host an Autumn Classic in 2022).
  • The team claimed eight out of the top 10 spots and 12 out of the top 15.

"I am super excited for this season. BYU men and women's cross country programs have been very, very good. I think this season is going to bring some great competition and the first Big 12 championship meet is going to be fun."

Tom HolmoeBYU Athletic Director

The Cougars will return to action in two weeks at the Bill Dellinger Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon. The women will run at 11 a.m. PDT at Pine Ridge Golf Club in Springfield, Oregon.