Oct. 27, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Utah State's men and women's cross country teams performed well Saturday as the men finished second and the women finished third at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championships at the Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston, La. Individually, four Aggie runners earned first-team all-WAC honors with two each for the USU men and women.
Senior Alex Litzsinger and freshman Tylee Newman represented the Utah State women with first-team all-WAC accolades, placing fourth and fifth with times of 17:31.61 and 17:39.56, respectively. Newman was also named the WAC Freshman of the Year, an award that has only been garnered by a USU woman twice since joining the WAC 2005. That was the year that Vanessa Hawkins won the award and Newman earns the honor in USU's eighth and final year in the WAC.
First-team all-WAC honorees for the USU men were junior Kyle McKenna, who led all Aggies with a second-place finish (24:06.90) and sophomore Eric Shellhorn, who crossed the finish line in sixth-place (24:47.79).
"When you have two young teams like we have, you never know how they're going to react to the big meet pressure, but I thought our athletes ran great. I don't think we had anybody who put in a poor performance," said USU veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "I'm pleased because we didn't lose this conference championship, the other teams just ran a little bit better than us. "
As a team, the Aggie men finished second with 52 points, just four points behind UT Arlington (48) who claimed their first WAC title. Seattle U placed third as a team (69), followed by New Mexico State (101), Idaho (113), UTSA (122), Louisiana Tech (230), Texas State (254) and San Jose State (257).
On the women's side, USU finished third (62) behind Idaho who won their third-straight WAC cross country title with 48 points and UTSA (51). New Mexico State finished fourth (83) followed by UT Arlington (125), Seattle U (132), Texas State (204) and San Jose State (236).
Senior Aaron Clements and freshman Chris Martinez rounded out the all-WAC honorees for Utah State as they finished 13th (25:03.52) and 14th (25:04.26), respectively to garner second-team all-WAC accolades.
Action will continue for USU cross country as they travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for the NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Nov. 9.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS OCTOBER 27, 2012 RUSTON, LA
WAC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Tylee Newman, UTAH STATE WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS: 1. Idaho - 48 2. UTSA - 51 3. UTAH STATE - 62 4. New Mexico State - 83 5. UT Arlington - 125 6. Seattle U - 132 7. Texas State - 204 8. San Jose State - 236
USU WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 4. Alex Litzsinger, 17:31.61 5. Tylee Newman, 17:39.56 15. Hannah Williams, 18:06.10 18. Kelsey Girardelli, 18:19.28 20. Stephanie Burt, 18:22.69 26. Ruth Hilton, 18:29.29 27. Jacqueline Winterton, 18:29.75 28. Brittany Bushman, 18:38.33 40. Ashley Robison, 19:00.81 MEN'S TEAM RESULTS: 1. UT Arlington - 48 2. UTAH STATE - 52 3. Seattle U - 69 4. New Mexico State - 101 5. Idaho - 113 6. UTSA - 122 7. Louisiana Tech - 230 8. Texas State - 254 9. San Jose State - 257 USU MEN'S TEAM RESULTS: 2. Kyle McKenna, 24:06.90 6. Eric Shellhorn, 24:47.79 13. Aaron Clements, 25:03.52 14. Chris Martinez, 25:04.26 17. Kade Jensen, 25:08.95 25. Tyler Roberts, 25:21.57 37. Jason Coupe, 25:46.21 39. Jacob Barton, 25:50.64 40. Tom Derr, 25:56.29
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