Oct 27 | 10:45 AM
West Coast Conference

Fernhill Park

NE 37th Ave & Ainsworth St. Portland OR 97255

Anonymous | Posted: 27 Oct 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Ward takes first place at WCC Cross Country Championships


PROVO, Utah – Led by junior co-captain Jared Ward, the No. 5 BYU men's cross country team placed second in the West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships, losing to the No. 17 Portland Pilots by a single point.

"It was a close race and we just came up short," head coach Ed Eyestone said. "Portland is good team, and they took care of business on their home course."

Ward finished first overall with a time of 23:42. Tylor Thatcher (23:48), Jason Witt (23:58), Conner Peloquin (24:11) and Steve Flint (24:12) finished fourth, sixth, 10th and 12th, respectively, overall.

"Jared ran a great race for us today but Portland is just a very good team," Eyestone said. "They're a class organization and a great rival for us in the conference."

Portland has now won 33 of the last 34 WCC Cross Country Championships; it's only loss coming last year when BYU won the meet by seven points.

Official results from the race can be found here.

The Cougars' next race is at the NCAA Regional Championships on November 10.


2012 Men's Cross Country All-West Coast Conference Team

  • Jared Ward, BYU, Jr.
  • Scott Fauble, Portland, So.
  • William Kincaid, Portland, So.
  • Tylor Thatcher, BYU, Jr.
  • David Perry, Portland, So.
  • Jason Witt, BYU, Jr.
  • Weston Strum, Loyola Marymount, Jr.
  • Rajpaul Pannu, Saint Mary's, Jr.
  • Lars Erik Malde, Portland, Sr.
  • Conner Peloquin, BYU, Jr.

Honorable Mention

  • Tate Kelly, Gonzaga, Sr.
  • Steve Flint, BYU, So.
  • Jared Bassett, Portland, Sr.
  • Curtis Carr, BYU, Jr.
  • Jose Madera, San Francisco, Jr.

WCC Player of the Year

WCC Men's Coach of the Year

  • Rob Conner, Portland

WCC Freshman of the Year

  • Jacob Smith, Portland
File Attachments

Anonymous | Posted: 22 Oct 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars prepare for WCC Championships in Portland


PROVO, Utah - Cross country championship season is officially underway this week as the No. 5 BYU men's cross country team heads to Portland, Ore. to compete in the West Coast Conference Championships.

There are eight other teams competing at the race, but BYU and No. 17 Portland are the two teams to keep an eye on.

"It'll probably be kind of a dual meet between Portland and us," head coach Ed Eyestone said. "Gonzaga has a few good athletes and maybe there are one or two good athletes from the other schools, but in terms of team matchups, it's pretty much us and Portland."

Until the most recent USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll, the Cougars and the Pilots were ranked third and fifth, respectively, in the nation. After the Cougars' took second at Pre-Nationals a couple weeks ago, they moved down two spots. That same weekend, the Pilots placed 12th overall at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, causing them to tumble from fifth to 17th in the national rankings.

Despite the shakeup in the standings, this weekend's race still features two of the most talented teams in the nation. The newly formed conference rivalry between BYU and Portland adds another dimension to the race. In 2011, the Cougars won the championship in their first season in the conference, dethroning the Pilots who had won an astounding 32-consecutive WCC titles. The race was extremely close, with BYU barely edging Portland by seven points. Eyestone said this year's race will be just as competetive.

"They're a very good team and we respect them," Eyestone said. "We realize that it's going to be us against them and that our guys have to perform very well for us to win the meet."

The Cougars will be helped in that regard by the return of senior co-captain Rex Shields, who was recovering from an illness during the Pre-Nationals meet and did not race. Eyestone said with Shields back in the lineup, his team has to be ready to put forth its best effort during the last month of the season.

"We need guys to step up now that we're entering the championship portion of the season," Eyestone said. "I'm confident they can do that. We'll work hard this week and go into the race and hopefully be at our best."

The men's race begins Saturday at Fernhill Park in Portland, Ore. at 9:45 a.m. PDT.

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