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BYU men’s cross country finishes second, women take seventh at NCAA cross country championships

November 17, 2018

The BYU men’s and women’s cross country team had another impressive year and proved it at the NCAA Division I cross country championships on Saturday morning.

The Cougar men’s team came in ranked as the second-best team in the nation and ended up turning that into a reality, unofficially taking second place on the 10-kilometer Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisc.

BYU was led by freshman Conner Mantz, who was in the main pack the entire race before coming in 10th overall in a time of 29:17.10.

He was followed by senior Rory Linkletter, who finished 22nd (29:42.43), while senior Connor McMillan was right behind at 24th (29:48.08).

The other counting scores for the Cougars were sophomore Clayson Shumway (32nd, 29:54.86) and junior Jacob Heslington (50th, 30:08.77). BYU junior Brayden McLelland came in 62nd (30:19.34) and senior Clayton Young was 72nd (30:25.20).

While the Cougars were a strong team and moved up a place from their third-place finish in 2017, they were unable to catch Northern Arizona who won its second straight national championship.

The best individual finish for any BYU runner came in the women’s 6K race as Cougar junior Erica Birk-Jarvis came in seventh place overall.

She broke the 20-minute mark, coming in with a time of 19:58.05.

Birk-Jarvis was followed by Cougar juniors Courtney Wayment (20:20.53, 23rd overall) and Olivia Hoj (20:59.97, 86th overall). The final two scoring runners for BYU were freshman Sadie Sargent (21:17.14, 124th) and freshman Aubrey Frentheway (150th, 21:26.07).

The BYU women as a team finished in seventh place, moving up four spots from their 11th-place finish in 2017.

Other local finishers on the women’s side included Alison Pray from Salem Hills who finished 157th for Southern Utah, Maddy Kauffman from Lehi who finished tied for 158th from Southern Utah, Sara Musselman from American Fork who finished 162nd for BYU, and Julieta Navarete-Lamas from Timpanogos who finished 218th for Southern Utah.

In the men’s race, Koy Moore of Timpanogos finished 248th for Southern Utah.

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