The women's cross country team has won the National Championship four times since 1997 and has consistently been in contention for a top national ranking. They have also won 19 consecutive conference titles, with 25 total.
The men have won 10 conference tiles in the last 11 seasons. They have also finished in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships for 6 years straight, finishing 5th in 2004.
Women's head coach Patrick Shane is in his 27th season as women's head coach, and in that time has been named National Coach of the Year five times, District VII Coach of the Year nine times, HCAC Coach of the Year four times, WAC Coach of the Year six times, and has been named the MWC Coach of the Year four times. He has led his team to four national championship titles, 19 consecutive conference titles, and was the 1999 recipient of the Dale Rex Memorial Award.
Ed Eyestone enters his eighth season as the head coach for the men's cross country team. Before coaching for BYU, Coach Eyestone was a 10-time All-American as an athlete at BYU. In his return, Coach Eyestone has guided his team to six MWC titles in the last seven seasons and continuing success and improvement in the NCAA Championships.
The Cougars have the opportunity to run against some of the top schools in the nation each year, including such powerhouses as Stanford and Colorado. With as many as two home meets in addition to several national and international competitions, the teams have various experience-building opportunities.
BYU has a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center with nearly 10,000 feet of working space that ranks among the nation's best. It features 106 stations to accommodate both female and male athletes.
BYU's strength and conditioning staff includes certified athletic trainers, a sports physical therapist, a team physician, team orthopedic surgeons and a wide variety of other medical specialists. The staff has experienced excellent results through its computer-analyzed combination of a strict weight and conditioning program, a carefully planned diet and sufficient rest.
Brigham Young University, the largest private university in the nation, has an outstanding academic reputation and a strong commitment to athletics. Recently named the "best value" private college by The Princeton Review, the university offers a unique and beneficial experience to the attending students and faculty.
BYU has a high commitment to the success of the student-athletes. A full-time Academic Advisement staff, mentor and tutor programs, and a member of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, the university offers assistance at many different levels of the education process.
Many of BYU's student athletic competitions are broadcast on BYU Television, which is available in 17 million homes nationwide via Dish Network and DirectTV and on cable in Northern Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Nevada. The Mountain West Conference has also launched a new network station, the Mtn.. Local cable providers can be contacted for more information.