BYU gets second win of the season at WCC Preview
SPOKANE, Wash. – With two races now in the books, the BYU men’s cross country team has two wins as they took first place at the West Coast Conference Preview Saturday in Spokane.
Dallin Farnsworth and Aaron Fletcher went 1-2 overall for the second-straight meet. Clayton Young, Nicolas Montanez, and Connor McMillan came in fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively, to finish out the team scoring. It was good enough for the Cougars to finish with 18 points for first place overall.
“It was a nice team performance,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We went into it thinking it would be a more chill race than it actually was. Gonzaga has a couple of good people, so we had to respond earlier than I thought we would. But we were still able to reach the goals we set before the race. I would give the team an ‘A’ in terms of accomplishing all our goals.”
BYU finished first among NCAA Division I schools competing in the WCC Preview. Gonzaga came in second with 43 points, Eastern Washington took third with 86 points, and Idaho rounded out the team scoring with 104 points.
Eyestone was very pleased with his top runners on the day.
“Our gap between (runners) one and five was about 14 seconds. That was a nice, close spread. Some very nice things happened today.”
Montanez was one of four BYU runners to get their first start in uniform on the season Saturday, but the only one to factor into team scoring. Dallin Taylor finished just outside the top-10, coming in 11th. Steve Morrin came in next at 12th, and Rory Linkletter was 18th. Junior Mitchell Briggs cracked the top-10, finishing ninth.
“I was really pleased to have some other people step up,” Eyestone said. “I was really impressed with Nico Montanez and Clayton Young.” Eyestone praised Montanez for being the team’s number four man on the day. He said he (Montanez) had the race of the day.
Complete online meet results will be posted on the BYU men’s cross country schedule page as they become available.
The Cougars will be back in the state of Washington on Friday, Oct. 2, to compete in the Washington Invitational. The men’s 8k race, hosted by the University of Washington, will start at 3:15 p.m. PDT.
The BYU men’s track and field and cross country program has been named the 2022-2023 John McDonnell NCAA Division I Men…