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Harrison and Jube punch tickets to NCAA Championships
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Andrea Nelson Harrison and Carrie Jube placed fourth and fifth at the Mountain Region Championships and qualified to compete at the NCAA Championships next weekend.
"I'm so happy to place fourth and I'm even happier that Carrie Jube and I were able to fight togehter through the course," Harrison said. "She really gave me the energy I needed throughout the race to make the right moves and keep fighting."
Led by Harrison’s and Jube’s strong performances, BYU placed third overall as a team with a score of 112.
Harrison and Jube ran with the lead pack the whole race and were in eighth and ninth place near the halfway point. During the second half of the race, the duo moved all the way up to third and fourth before conceding one spot near the end. Harrison and Jube finished the 6K race with times of 21:07.46 and 21:09.98, respectively.
"I felt great about my race," Jube said. "Andrea and I had a race plan to start conservatively and hang with the front pack. I felt like we did exactly what we wanted to. We stuck together and pushed each other the whole race. I'm excitted to be going to nationals with Andrea. It will be extremely beneficial to run with her there and see what we can do together."
Makenna Smith placed 25th in 21:54.10, Jennica Redd came in 28th with a time of 22:04.58 and McKenzie Weir was 50th finishing in 22:28.43.
Harrison is making her second appearance at nationals while Jube will be making her first.
By finishing in the top 25, Harrison, Jube and Smith earned all-region honors.
The Cougars will now await the official NCAA selection announcement of the 2014 NCAA Championship field. The selection show will be released shortly after 1 p.m. MST on NCAA.com. The top two teams in each region qualify for the championships. The top four individual finishers not on one of the qualified teams get berths to compete at the championships.
The championships will take place next Saturday, Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Cougars head to Mountain Region Championships
PROVO, Utah – Coming off its first conference championship in eight years, BYU women’s cross country hopes to build of that momentum at the Mountain Region Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Friday.
“Winning the conference championship was a big boost,” BYU head coach Patrick Shane said. “Accomplishing that goal will be a springboard in to helping us take that momentum, have great performances and finish out the year with checks next to all of our goals.”
The Cougars come in to the race with the hope to earn a berth at the NCAA Championships next weekend. Placing in the top two would earn them an automatic berth, however, the Mountain Region boasts two teams ranked in the top 12 of the latest USTFCCCA rankings.
“Realistically we need to be third,” Shane said. “The top two teams are top-ten teams, and they are likely to be one and two. I think we are the third-best team. We can’t afford to be fourth.”
BYU will be led in the 6K race by Andrea Nelson Harrison and Carrie Jube. Jube is fresh off a second-place finish at the WCC Championships with Harrison placing fourth. Last season the Cougars finished third overall at region led by Harrison’s ninth-place finish.
“If we go out and run well and have a solid race, we are going to be third, and that will put us in the position to be selected as one of the thirteen at-large teams to go to nationals.” Shane said.
Jube, Harrison, Makenna Smith, Jennica Redd, Kelsey Brown, McKenzie Weir and Alyssa Steed will make up the seven-member BYU team with Marren Haneberg as an alternate.
The women’s race will begin at 12 p.m. MST at the University of New Mexico’s North Golf Course. Results can be found on New Mexico’s athletic website, GoLobos.com.