Sept. 23, 2013
Logan, Utah -
Utah State's women and men's cross country teams each moved up two spots in the Mountain Regional Team Rankings announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). USU's women moved up to the ninth spot, while the men's team was slated 10th.
The five other Mountain West women's teams who were ranked in last week's poll remained in the same positions. USU is joined in the rankings by New Mexico (2nd), Air Force (7th), Colorado State (8th), Wyoming (13th) and Nevada (14th).
The Aggie men are one of five Mountain West members to be ranked in the top-15 in the region. USU is joined by New Mexico, Air Force, Wyoming and Colorado State, who remain ranked 4-7, respectively.
Additionally, four other women's teams from the state of Utah were picked in the top-15. BYU (3rd), Weber State (4th), Southern Utah (6th) and Utah (11th) join the Aggies in the rankings.
Utah State's men are one of five teams from the Beehive State that are ranked in the Mountain Region Poll. Along with USU, BYU (3rd), Weber State (9th), Utah Valley (12th) and Southern Utah (13th) are ranked.
USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning team strength with current-season results in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships.
Both the women and men's teams had a successful weekend at the Bozeman Running Company Montana State Invitational in Bozeman, Mont. Utah State's women took the team title at the event, while the men finished in second. Senior Alex Litzsinger led the Aggie women in fifth place with a time of 17:39.00. For the men, senior Kyle McKenna was the first Aggie to cross the finish line, taking third with a time of 25:16.00.
The Aggies will return to action Saturday, October 5 at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
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