Utah State Cross Country Ends Season at Mountain Regionals
Utah State's men and women's cross country teams' 2013 seasons came to a conclusion Friday at the 2013 NCAA Mountain Region Championships at Schneiter's Riverside Golf Course in Riverside, Utah.

Nov. 15, 2013

Riverside, Utah -

Utah State’s men and women’s cross country teams’ 2013 seasons came to a conclusion Friday at the 2013 NCAA Mountain Region Championships at Schneiter’s Riverside Golf Course in Riverside, Utah.

The Aggie women and men both finished the competition in 11th-place with 318 and 292 points, respectively. The USU women’s team finished ahead of their 12th-place ranking in the Mountain Region, while the men’s team came in exactly where they were slotted, according to the latest ranking by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The top spot in the women’s six-kilometer race went to Colorado, while Northern Arizona came away victorious in the men’s 10-kilometer race. New Mexico’s Sammy Silva crossed the finish-line first for the women, while Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech cut the tape in the men’s race.

The top finisher for the Aggies in the women’s race was senior Alex Litzsinger, brought her cross country career at Utah State to a close with a 27th-place finish with a time of 21:21.8. Junior Ashley Robison was the next Aggie to cross the finish-line, taking 59th with a time of 21:54.2. Freshman Tori Parkinson (21:58.7) and junior Brittany Bushman (22:10.4) rounded out the top-75 for USU with finishes in 66th and 74th, respectively.

On the men’s side, junior Eric Shellhorn was the top finisher for Utah State in the men’s race, crossing the finish-line in 30:30.9 for a 43rd-place finish. Senior Kyle McKenna (30:56.2) and freshman Colby Wilson (30:56.4) were the next two finishers for USU, taking 56th and 57th-place, respectively. Sophomores Chris Martinez (31:13.9) and Kade Jensen (31:41.8) rounded out the top-75 for the Aggies, finishing 62nd and 74th, respectively.



Other finishers for Utah State’s women were sophomore Jaqueline Winterton (22:29.0), junior Amanda Stoudt (22:39.2) and sophomore Kelsey Girardelli (23:50.7) who finished 92nd, 101st and 124th, respectively.

For the men, the Aggie effort was rounded out by juniors Jacob Barton (32:00.6) and Thomas Derr (32:16.9), who brought home 85th and 88th-place finishes, respectively.

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 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Indiana State at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday November 23. Fans can follow Utah State Athletics, including USU cross country and track & field, at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/USUAthletics or on Instagram at http://instagram.com/USUAthletics.

Utah State Results

Mountain West Championships

Riverside, Utah

Nov. 1, 2013


1.     Colorado                                     29

2.     New Mexico                                 64

3.    BYU                                           109

4.    Weber State                                160

5.    Air Force                                     185


11. UTAH STATE                                  318


27.   Alex Litzsinger                          21:21.8

59.   Ashley Robison                          21:54.2

66.   Tori Parkinson                           21:58.7

74.   Brittany Bushman                      22:10.4

92.   Jacqueline Winterton                  22:29.0

101. Amanda Stoudt                         22:39.2

124. Kelsey Girardelli                        23:50.7


1.      Northern Arizona                      61

2.      Colorado                                69

3.      New Mexico                            79

4.      BYU                                     109

5.      Air Force                               144


11.   UTAH STATE                             292


43.  Eric Shellhorn                              30:30.9

56.  Kyle McKenna                              30:56.2

57.  Colby Wilson                                30:56.4

62.  Chris Martinez                              31:13.9

74.  Kade Jensen                                31:41.8

85.  Jacob Barton                               32:00.6

88.  Thomas Derr                               32:16.9




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