Utah State's Men's Cross Country Team Places First at WAC Championships
Oct. 27, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's cross country team won its third straight Western Athletic Conference Championship, while the Aggie women placed third at American West Heritage Center here on Saturday.
"I'm proud of the way we performed today," said Utah State head coach Gregg Gensel. "It's always fun to watch these kids perform well and the results are that they win."
Wold, a junior from Highland, Utah, received the WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Year honors as he finished first in the men's race, while Chio Lopez was named Freshman of the Year. Wold, Steve Strickland, Lopez, and Nick Bolinder earned first-team all-WAC honors, while Andrew Niccoli, Jason Holt, Hunter Nelson, and Jared Glenn, were named second-team all-WAC.
Coach Gregg Gensel was named Men's Cross Country WAC Coach of the Year.
Wold recorded the fastest 8K time in WAC history as he finished first with a time of 23:16. Strickland came in third with a time of 23:34.78, while Lopez placed fourth with a time 23:39 and Bolinder came in fifth with a time of 23:47. USU had a total of seven runner in the top ten as sophomores Andrew Niccoli and Jason Holt and freshman Hunter Nelson finished eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.
"The guys came in with a mission and accomplished what they set out to do," Gensel said. "We had eight runners in the top 14 and I can't be prouder of the athletes. They did a great job today."
Utah State took first place with a total of 21 points, an improvement from last year's 26 point finish. Idaho came in a distant second with 65 points, followed by Boise State who finished third with 83 points.
The women placed third with 72 points behind Idaho with 39 points and Nevada with 65 points.
"The women ran great," Gensel said. "The packed together and ran hard and the other teams were better today, but there's still another day. They're disappointed to place third but they ran their best and I'm proud of them."
Egan led the women by placing 11th with a time of 17:34. She was followed closely behind by Dorius who placed 12th with a time of 17:35 and Holt who finished 14th with a time of 17:38.. Juniors Caroline Berry and Ali Taylor also placed in the top 20 with times of 17:39 and 17:43 to place 16th and 19th, respectively.
Utah State continues action on Saturday, November 10 at the NCAA Mountain Regionals in Ogden, Utah.