PROVO, Utah - Utah State's cross country teams performed well at the BYU-hosted Autumn Classic on Saturday, including the 30th-ranked women's team defeating No. 10 BYU in the team results.
"The whole team ran really well, but on the women's side, I was really pleased with how they executed the race plan we had for them and how well they performed off of that," said veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "For them to be able to beat BYU is great.
"This is one of those things that you want to see how you run against the best in the nation, and they did that today. BYU is ranked in the top 10 in the nation, and our women beat them. I think they deserve to have the credit that goes with doing that. We're not going to sit back; we're going to work harder so we can be better."
The Aggie women finished first as a team with 23 points, ahead of BYU's 32, Weber State's 85, Dixie State's 120 and Westminster's 153. The men's team took second with 50 points, behind No. 6 BYU's 19, and ahead of Weber State's 73, Dixie State's 129 and Westminster's 136.
On the women's side, junior Alyssa Snyder won her second-consecutive race, leading the pack in the women's 3-mile run with a blistering time of 16:28.0, finishing 18 seconds ahead of the second-place runner.
"She's a great runner, and we knew that," Gensel said. "She's working really hard to do what she can to help the team. She's all about the team. She executed the plan we had and ended up still winning."
On the men's side, senior Dillon Maggard led the Aggies as he finished second in the men's 4-mile race with a time of 19:26.8.
"Rory (Linkletter) is a great runner for BYU, and Dillon ran right with him," Gensel said. "They're a top-five team in the nation, so it doesn't surprise me that they won the meet. How well we ran against them impresses me. The kids are working hard and it's paying off."
Utah State had a trio of sophomores finish in the top 20 as Luke Beattie took 14th with a time of 19:53.7, J.D. Thorne finished 15th with a time of 19:54.2, and James Withers came in 20th with a time of 20:03.0.
The Aggie harriers return to action on Friday, Sept. 29, when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Paul Short Run, which begins at 7:30 a.m. (MT).
BYU Autumn Classic September 16, 2017 Provo, Utah
Women's Team Results 1. No. 30 Utah State - 23 2. No. 10 BYU - 32 3. Weber State - 85 4. Dixie State - 120 5. Westminster College - 153
Utah State's Women's Finishers 1. Alyssa Snyder - 16:28.0 3. Kashley Carter - 16:54.8 4. Cierra Simmons - 16:55.2 6. Tori Parkinson - 16:59.9 9. Kelsey Yamauchi-Richins - 17:10.0 11. Tavia Dutson - 17:15.3 15. Katie Struthers - 17:25.3 17. Tylee Skinner - 17:28.8 20. Josie Givens - 17:32.9 28. Kelsey Girardelli - 17:54.1 34. Heather Holt - 18:18.0 35. Elli Eastmond - 18:19.9 37. Shannon Maloney - 18:20.2 42. Rae Bedke - 18:47.5 45. Paytin Drollinger - 18:52.5 46. Sydney Jacobs - 18:56.3
Men's Team Results 1. No. 6 BYU - 19 2. Utah State - 50 3. Weber State - 73 4. Dixie State - 129 5. Westminster College - 136
Men's Top Finishers 1. Rory Linkletter (BYU) - 19:25.8 2. Dillon Maggard (USU) - 19:26.8 3. Connor McMillan (BYU) - 19:26.9 4. Clayton Young (BYU) - 19:28.2 5. Casey Clinger (BYU) 19:29.4
Utah State's Men's Finishers 2. Dillon Maggard - 19:26.8 14. Luke Beattie - 19:53.7 15. J.D. Thorne - 19:54.2 20. James Withers - 20:03.0 21. Darren Harman - 20:07.3 23. Clay Lambourne - 20:08.7 25. Haydon Cooper - 20:12.6 27. Kody Gould - 20:13.6 33. Adam Hendrickson - 20:19.7 37. Spencer Fehlberg - 20:25.1 38. Coen Haroldson - 20:25.6 46. Jakob Tew - 20:41.1 49. Jordan Beutler - 20:50.0 56. Sam Coleman - 21:07.3
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