Cougars Earn 3rd Place Podium Spot at NCAA Championships

BYU men's cross country placed third overall with two All-Americans at the 2023 Division I NCAA Championships on Saturday morning.


EARLYSVILLE, Virginia – BYU men’s cross country placed third overall at the 2023 NCAA Division I Championships Saturday morning, highlighted by All-American performances from James Corrigan and Kenneth Rooks.

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“I don't think I've ever been more proud of a team performance, particularly a team who has faced some adversity over the course of the season with injuries like we’ve had,” said head coach Ed Eyestone. “Quite frankly, the best we could have done was third place and my guys really put it together. We were bound and determined to dig in our heels and hold on tight for that third place. I'm super pleased with everybody.”

This race marks the 8th-consecutive top-10 finish for the BYU men's team, and fifth podium finish in the last eight years.

Sophomore James Corrigan became the program's latest All-American as he led the Cougars across the finish line, placing 32nd individually with a time of 29:40.1. Saturday marked back-to-back weeks in which Corrigan was the Cougars' top finisher. The sophomore from Los Angeles, California took 12th just a week prior at the NCAA Mountain Regional.

Kenneth Rooks flew in next, landing in 35th place to earn All-America status with a time of 29:42.9. Rooks becomes the first BYU distance runner since his coach, Ed Eyestone, to win an outdoor track national title and finish as an All-American the following cross country season. Eyestone won the 10,000m and achieved All America status in cross country in 1984. Rooks joins Miles Batty (2010-11), Kyle Perry (2008), Ed Eyestone (1982-84) and Paul Cummings (1975) as the fifth BYU men’s distance runner to achieve both awards over the course of their careers.  

Creed Thompson crossed the finish line next for the Cougars, in 29:58.2. Coming from behind, Joey Nokes placed 56th overall in 30:05.5. Lucas Bons secured more points for the team placing 63rd overall with a time of 30:08.7. Isaac Headengren and Aidan Troutner rounded out the pack for Cougars.  

Rooks was also named the recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award in recognition of academic excellence. Rooks earned the award by achieving the highest grade-point-average of any student athlete competing in the championship meet.