Utah State Women Finish Fifth, Men Sixth at Mountain West Championships
The Utah State men and women's cross country teams put in a strong effort in their first Mountain West Championships, held at the Eisenhower Blue Course at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. In the end, the women's team finished fifth, while the men's team brought home a sixth-place finish.

Nov. 1, 2013

Colorado Springs, Colo. -

The Utah State men and women’s cross country teams put in a strong effort in their first Mountain West Championships, held at the Eisenhower Blue Course at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. In the end, the women’s team finished fifth, while the men’s team brought home a sixth-place finish.


The Aggie effort was spurred on by a pair of juniors. Eric Shellhorn was the top-finisher for USU, crossing the finish line in 24:44.46, good for sixth-place and a spot on the first-team all-conference team. The catalyst for the women’s team was Ashley Robison (22:11.96), who earned second-team all-conference honors with a 14th-place finish. It was the first time all year that either had finished first for their respective Utah State squads.


Additionally, freshman Colby Wilson was awarded the Mountain West Freshman of the Year Award along with Wyoming’s Michael Kesy. Wilson’s time of 25:24.30 was good enough for 33rd-place.


“Eric Shellhorn really stepped it up today. For him to perform that well the first time in this conference was huge. He and Kyle really did a great job of competing, I thought. I was very proud of our men’s team. We finished sixth, which is where we were supposed to finish, and if one or two things go a different way we could have easily moved up one or two places. I’m looking forward to our continued participation in this conference,” said veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. “For the women, Ashley Robison really stepped it up today as well. I really feel like the women’s team is really close to breaking through and doing well in a very tough conference. We were only four points out of fourth-place so I think that bodes well for their future.”




As a team, the Aggie women came in fifth-place with 121 points and the USU men finished in sixth with 130 points. For the second consecutive year, the Lobos of New Mexico won the conference championship for both the women and the men with 31 and 32 points, respectively.


The other top-20 finisher for the Aggie men was senior Kyle McKenna, who garnered the 17th spot with a time of 24:44.26. For the women’s squad, sophomore Jacqueline Winterton (22:20.46) and senior Alex Litzsinger (22:21.67) finished 17th and 18th, respectively, to round out the top-20 for Utah State.



The USU season will resume for the Aggie harriers Nov. 15 at the NCAA Mountain Regionals in Riverdale, Utah.


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Utah State Results

Mountain West Championships

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Nov. 1, 2013





1.    New Mexico                    31

2.    Boise State                    60

3.   Colorado State                117

4.   Air Force                        118

5.   UTAH STATE                   121

6.   Wyoming                       143

7.   Nevada                          162

8.   Fresno State                   201

9.   San Diego State              274

10.   San Jose State              297

11.   UNLV                          330




14.  Ashley Robison              22:11.96

17.  Jacqueline Winterton       22:20.46

18.  Alex Litzsinger               22:21.67

30.  Amanda Stoudt              22:47.61

55.  Tori Parkinson                23:49.32

58.  Joanna Boyd                  23:59.76

66.  Kelsey Girardelli             24:15.82

82.  Cierra Simmons              26:08.40




Ashley Robison – 2nd-team all-Mountain West




1.    New Mexico                    32

2.    Colorado State                51

3.    Air Force                       80

4.    Boise State                   101

5.    Wyoming                      106

6.   UTAH STATE                   130

7.   Fresno State                   222

8.   San Jose State                248




6.     Eric Shellhorn                24:29.97

17.  Kyle McKenna                 24:44:26

33.  Colby Wilson                  25:24.30

34.  Chris Martinez                 25:25.01

44.  Mike Bills                       25:54.60

45.  Jacob Barton                   26:00.28

48.  Kade Jensen                   26:04.63

49.  Tom Derr                       26:08.36

55.  Joe Gough                      26:48.82




Eric Shellhorn – 1st-team all-Mountain West

Colby Wilson – Co-Mountain West freshman of the Year







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