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Anonymous | Posted: 13 Oct 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Men's cross country finishes second at Pre-Nationals


PROVO, Utah -- In a highly competetive Pre-Nationals meet at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., the No. 3 BYU men's cross country team placed second in a field of 136 teams, with a score of 127.

The University of Colorado won the meet with an impressive team score of 72 and Oregon finished just behind the Cougars with a score of 152. Jared Ward finished first for BYU and eighth overall with a time of 23:22.4.

"The guys did just about everything we would have wanted out of them," head coach Ed Eyestone said. "We finished second at the Pre-Nationals race on a bit of an off day for us so I'm proud of the guys and I still think we're doing what needs to be done. Now it's just a matter of us getting healthy going into the championship portion of the season and I think we'll be fine."

Eyestone said a couple runners competed despite feeling under the weather and senior co-captain Rex Shields was held out of the race with a stomach flu.

"Cross country guys are getting injured or sick all the time, that's why having a deep team is so important," Eyestone said. "We found out just how deep Colorado's team is. They were a better team today and they would've been a better team even if we had been at full strength with Rex. We just had a couple guys who ran OK races today, maybe not their finest races of the season. All in all we just need to make sure we deliver on race day."

Besides Ward, BYU's top-5 included Tylor Thatcher (20th overall, 23:48.0), Jason Witt (21st overall, 23:49.1), Conner Peloquin (37th overall, 23:56.4) and Steve Flint (41st overall, 23:58.7). The compression for the Cougars' scoring runners was about 36 seconds, something Eyestone hopes to improve on at the upcoming West Coast Conference championships.

"As it gets late in the season, everyone's game has to rise," Eyestone said. "If you want to be a podium team then your guys have to bring it at the end. You can't be content with just being good, you've got to be excellent."

The WCC championships are up next for the Cougars and will take place on Oct. 27. 

Complete results from the men's seeded Pre-Nationals race can be found here.

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Anonymous | Posted: 12 Oct 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Pre-Nationals Preview


PROVO, Utah – The NCAA National Cross Country Championships aren't until next month, but the No. 3 BYU men's cross country team will get a taste of the championship course Saturday at the Pre-Nationals meet in Louisville, Ky.

"In a way, it's kind of a dress rehearsal for nationals," head coach Ed Eyestone said. "We're able to come run on the course, train on it for a few days and gain experience. It's kind of an information gathering opportunity for us in a high intense race situation."

Eyestone also said the race is important because it will help the Cougars move up in the rankings and give them the points necessary to secure a spot at the national championships.

"There are going to be some good teams at the race," Eyestone said. "So it allows us an opportunity to see how good we can be against some of the better teams in the country."

Ten teams ranked in the top 30 will be competing in Louisville on Saturday, including No. 7 Colorado and No. 9 Tulsa.

"This is the time of year where having a solid and deep team pays off," Eyestone said. "We're at full strength and ready to give it a good race."

Junior co-captain Jared Ward is expected to battle up front for the Cougars, with an eye to take one of the top three spots. In two races this year, Ward has finished first or second overall. BYU's true strength, however, lies in the fact that its second to seventh runners have been consistent and nearly interchangeable.

"What we want is good compression between our second and seventh runners," Eyestone said. "We don't want that gap to be more than 15 or 20 seconds max. If we can keep it close like that then we'll have a good chance to win the meet."

Six other BYU runners will also run in the unseeded race at the meet. Eyestone said he will use that race to help determine his nine-man roster for the conference championships next month.

The seeded men's race begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT and the unseeded race will start at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

Results will be posted here as soon as they are available after the race ends.