Nov. 8, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men and women's cross country teams will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., Friday, Nov. 9, to compete in the 2012 NCAA Mountain Region Championships. The meet will be hosted by Colorado State University at the Collindale Golf Course.
The women harriers will start the action at 12 p.m. (MT) in a six-kilometer race followed by the men's 10-kilometer race at 1 p.m. Results and a recap will be posted to www.UtahStateAggies.com, when available.
Heading into the Mountain Region Championships, the USU women rank 10th in the region while the Aggie men are ranked 14th, according to the latest ranking by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
"We feel like we are running really well and doing our best at the end season. We ran really well at the conference championships and I just want to see the athletes improve," said veteran Utah State head coach Gregg Gensel. "We don't have an expectation to win the meet or anything like that, but we just want to do as good as we are capable of."
Junior Kyle McKenna led the USU men to a second-place finish at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships in October. McKenna finished second overall with a time of 24:06.90 as he was also the top Aggie finisher at each meet this season.
Senior Alex Litzsinger and freshman Tylee Newman helped pace the USU women to a third-place team finish at the WAC Championships as they crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth-place with times of 17:31.61 and 17:39.56, respectively.
For more information about the NCAA Mountain Region Championships fans can click here.
The top two teams in each race Friday will automatically advance to NCAA Championships, as will the top four individual athletes in each race that are not on a team advancing. Those finishing in the top 25 on Friday will also receive all-Region honors. The results from the nine regions across the country will be compiled by the NCAA to determine the at-large bids, which will be announced on Saturday.
The 2012 NCAA Cross Country National Championships will 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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