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BYU Men’s Cross Country team wins National Championship!

BYU men’s XC wins its first national championship while women finish second

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NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!

That’s right, coming off the back of a second place finish last year, the men’s cross country team won its first ever national championship at the NCAA Championships in Indiana on Saturday!

To make things better, the women’s team finished second at the national championships, capping off another excellent season for the Cougars.

The women raced first, with the Cougars only placing 6 points behind winners Arkansas. Courtney Wayment, Erica Birk-Jarvis and Whittni Orton went 5-6-7 to lead the Cougars, but it wasn’t enough to finish ahead of the Razorbacks.

BYU’s results in the women’s race were as follows:

5 Courtney Wayment

6 Erica Birk-Jarvis

7 Whittni Orton

56 Olivia Hoj

60 Anna Camp

109 Anastaysia Davis

160 Sara Musselman

The men were excellent, and won handily over defending champions NAU. BYU won with 109 points while the Lumberjacks had 163. Sophomore Connor Mantz led the Cougars with a 30:40 10k finish in third place.

The results for the men:

3 Connor Mantz

17 Daniel Carney

21 Jacob Heslington

42 Brandon Garnica

45 Matt Owens

87 Michael Ottesen

154 Connor Weaver

The title has been coming for a long time, with the men’s cross country team consistently one of the top teams in the country and finishing top 10 many times.