Utah State cross country will host the NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Friday at the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course. The women's 6-kilometer race will start at 10:15 a.m., followed by the men's 10-kilometer run at 11:15 a.m.
The championship events are free to attend for the public, and concessions and merchandise will be available for purchase.
The Mountain Region is one of the most deep and competitive groups in the country, as it boasts the top-two teams in both the men's and women's national polls. At the top on the men's side are No. 1 Northern Arizona and No. 2 BYU. On the women's side, No. 1 Colorado and No. 2 New Mexico lead the way.
The men's side also features two more top-10 teams, as Colorado comes in at No. 5 and Colorado State at No. 8. Furthermore, Southern Utah is No. 12, Air Force is ranked No. 16 and Utah State will enter the race at No. 23 in the nation. The seven nationally-ranked teams are tied for the most in the nation with the West Region.
As for the women's teams, Utah State is the third-highest ranked team at No. 15, while BYU is No. 18 and Northern Arizona is No. 29. The five ranked women's teams in the region is the second-most in the nation behind the West Region.
For the Aggie men, senior Dillon Maggard is coming off a first-team all-Mountain West performance where he placed third overall in the 8-kilometer race. As a team, the men finished fourth out of eight at the Mountain West Championship race.
On the women's side, a trio of Aggies earned all-conference honors as junior Alyssa Snyder placed sixth in the 6-kilometer race to earn first-team honors, while senior Tylee Skinner and junior Kashley Carter took 10th and 13th, respectively, to earn second-team all-Mountain West accolades.
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