Onward to nationals: cross country takes care of business at Mountain Regional
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The BYU men’s and women’s cross country programs are one step closer to competing at the NCAA National Championships after strong performances at the NCAA Mountain Regional at UNM North Golf Course on Friday.
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Aubrey Frentheway and Lexy Halladay-Lowry led No. 6 BYU to a sixth-place (144 points) finish at regionals. Both runners crossed at 20:04.9 with Frentheway taking third and Halladay-Lowry fourth. Frentheway started strong and remained in the top-3 throughout the women’s 6,000-meter race. Halladay-Lowry lingered in the front-15 over through the first 2,200 meters before surging into the eighth over the back half of the course.
Carmen Alder took 30th while Addi Bruening and Lindsey Stallworth came in together at 55th and 56th, respectively. At 21:16.3, Stallworth recorded her best 6k time of the season. Madi Moffitt and Riley Chamberlain rounded out BYU’s runners in Albuquerque.
With a sixth-place finish at the Mountain Regional, the Cougars now await one of 13 at-large selections to the 31-team NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships held at Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Nov. 19.
The NCAA Division I Cross Country Subcommittee will announce at-large bids during its selection show on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. EST. The selection show can be streamed live on NCAA.com.
|BYU Women's Cross Country Mountain Regional Results|
The No. 2 Cougars cruised to a second-place finish as the team registered 54 total points. BYU’s top four runners finished in the top 13 and within nine seconds of one another.
Brandon Garnica led the way, jumping nine spots from 14th to fifth in the race’s final half to cross the line at 28:08.1. Three-time All-American Casey Clinger covered the 8,000-meter course just 0.3 seconds behind Garnica, good for sixth at 28:08.4. The top three was rounded out by eighth-place finisher Joey Nokes.
Graduate transfer Christian Allen registered a 28:17.2 time to finish 13th in his fourth Mountain Regional appearance and first with the Cougars. Kenneth Rooks placed 22nd in his first NCAA Regionals action.
The Cougars topped five nationally ranked opponents in today’s victory, including No. 5 Air Force and No. 9 Colorado. This came despite the absence of key contributors Davin Thompson, Creed Thompson and Aidan Troutner.
With the win, the Cougars received one of two automatic qualifying bids from the Mountain Region to the NCAA Division I National Championships held Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Nov. 19. The Mountain Regional is one of nine regional cross country meets held throughout the country today.
Nationals will be broadcast live on ESPNU with the men's 10k beginning at 10:10 a.m. CST.
|BYU Men's Cross Country Mountain Regional Results|
Path to nationals continues at cross country Mountain Regional
PROVO, Utah — No. 2/No. 6 BYU men’s and women’s cross country makes its next stop on the path to nationals at the NCAA Mountain Regional in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Nov. 11.
- Date: Friday, Nov. 11
- Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico - UNM North Golf Course
- Women's 6k: 11 a.m. MST
- Men's 10k: 12 p.m. MST
- Further details
- Live Results
The Mountain Regional is one of nine NCAA cross country region championships held throughout the country on Nov. 11. The top two finishing teams at each regional receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division I National Championships held at the Oklahoma State Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Nov. 19. Aside from the 18 automatic qualifiers, the NCAA Division I Cross Country Subcommittee selects 13 at-large teams to fill out a 31-team field for competition at nationals.
No. 2 BYU men’s cross country will face six ranked opponents in The Duke City, including rival No. 3 Northern Arizona, No. 5 Air Force and No. 9 Colorado.
No. 6 BYU women’s cross country is one of five top-10 ranked women’s teams in the Mountain Region. Others include No. 2 New Mexico, No. 4 Northern Arizona, No. 8 Colorado and No. 9 Utah.
BYU hosted the 2021 Mountain Regional at Provo’s Timpanogos Golf Club. There, the BYU men won the region championship with four top-10 finishers in Conner Mantz, Casey Clinger, Brandon Garnica and Aidan Troutner. The BYU women took third at the meet as Anna Camp-Bennett and Aubrey Frentheway finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Both BYU programs are coming off a dominant sweep of the West Coast Conference cross country championships on Oct. 28. Clinger and Garnica led the men to a win with 18 points while Clinger also captured the individual conference crown. Frentheway’s individual women’s championship fueled the BYU women to a 30-point finish and their fifth-straight conference title.
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|Mountain Region (Women's Teams)|
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