Nov. 9, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Utah State's men and women's cross country teams finished competition for the 2012 season at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships at the Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo. on Friday.
The USU women ended the day in 10th-place as a team with 326 points, while the men tallied 315 points to finish 14th. Ironically, the Aggie women and men matched their ranking in the Mountain Region entering the weekend, as the women ranked 10th and the men were 14th, according to the latest ranking by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Weber State's women claimed the top team prize Friday out of 20 teams, along with the Northern Arizona men sitting atop the standings out of 18 teams.
Senior Alex Litzsinger led all Aggie harriers as she finished in 19th-place with a time of 21:08.4 in the women's six-kilometer race. Freshman Tylee Newman crossed the finish line in 64th-place (22:13.4), joining Litzsinger as the two top-75 finishers for the Utah State women.
On the men's side, junior Kyle McKenna was the first to cross the finish line for the USU men in the 10-kilometer race, as he placed 26th with a time of 30:53.1, followed by sophomore Eric Shellhorn (44th, 31:31.3) and senior Aaron Clements (74th, 32:32.6).
Other finishers for the Aggie women were seniors Ruth Hilton (78th, 22:35.8) and Stephanie Burt (80th, 22:37.7), freshmen Jacqueline Winterton (85th, 22:45.3) and Kelsey Girardelli (98th, 23:10.2), as well as junior Hannah Williams (99th, 23:10.4
Rounding out the runners for the Utah State men was sophomore Jacob Barton (80th, 32:38.0), freshmen Chris Martinez (91st, 33:06.0) and Kade Jensen (97th, 33:23.2), and junior Jason Coupe (110th, 34:19.3).
The top two teams in each race automatically qualified for the 2012 NCAA Championships, along with the top four runners not on a team that is already advancing. All runners finishing in the top 25 of each race will be named to the all-Region team.
The 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be hosted by the University of Louisville at the E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday November 17. It is the first time since World War II that the NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held on a Saturday.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS NCAA MOUNTAIN REGION FORT COLLINS, COLO. NOVEMBER 9, 2012
WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS: 1. Weber State - 63 2. New Mexico - 95 3. Colorado - 107 4. Southern Utah - 132 5. Colorado State - 173 6. Utah - 198 7. BYU - 210 8. Northern Arizona - 225 9. Utah Valley - 230 10. UTAH STATE - 326 11. Air Force - 328 12. Idaho State 343 13. Nevada - 361 14. Wyoming - 364 15. Montana State - 382 16. New Mexico State - 382 17. UTEP - 433 18. Northern Colorado - 456 19. Montana - 555 20. Texas Tech - 561
USU WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 19. Alex Litzsinger, 21:08.4 64. Tylee Newman, 22:13.4 78. Ruth Hilton, 22:35.8 80. Stephanie Burt, 22:37.7 85. Jacqueline Winterton, 22:45.3 98. Kelsey Girardelli, 23:10.2 99. Hannah Williams, 23:10.4
MEN'S TEAM RESULTS: 1. Northern Arizona - 56 2. BYU - 68 3. Colorado - 69 4. New Mexico - 108 5. Weber State - 196 6. Air Force - 231 7. Utah Valley - 235 8. Southern Utah - 257 9. Colorado State - 265 10. UTEP - 267 11. Texas Tech - 275 12. Montana State - 280 13. Wyoming - 283 14. UTAH STATE - 315 15. New Mexico State - 389 16. Idaho State - 434 17. Montana - 513 18. Northern Colorado - 570
USU MEN'S TEAM RESULTS: 26. Kyle McKenna, 30:53.1 44. Eric Shellhorn, 31:31.3 74. Aaron Clements, 32:32.6 80. Jacob Barton, 32:38.0 91. Chris Martinez, 33:06.0 97. Kade Jensen, 33:23.2 110. Jason Coupe, 34:19.3
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