Utah State Men’s Cross Country Team 2nd in Pre-Championship Cross Country Coaches’ Poll

LOGAN, Utah – The Utah state men’s cross-country team has been voted second in the Mountain West Pre-Championship Cross Country Coaches’ Polls, released Wednesday afternoon by the conference bureau.

On the women’s side, the Aggies were in fourth place.

Air Force, which is No. 5 in the nation, claimed first place on the men’s side, receiving eight first place votes and 64 points, while the state of Utah was in second place with 56 points and the other 24 points. in the first place .

Colorado State took 49 points for third place. The Rams were followed by Boise State (41) in fourth, Wyoming (38) in fifth, New Mexico (27) in sixth, Nevada (26) in seventh, Fresno State (15) in eighth and the state of San José (8) ninth.

In the women’s poll, it was No. 2 New Mexico to claim the top spot with 10 first place votes and 100 points. Colorado State came in second with one vote in first place and 90 points, followed by Air Force in third place with 77 points and the Aggies in fourth place with 74 points.

Wyoming was selected fifth with 63 points, followed by Boise State (61) and Nevada (46). San Diego state was eighth with 32 points, Fresno state (23) was ninth, UNLV (21) was 10th and San José state (18) finished the poll in 11th.

The Mountain West Championships will be held on Friday, October 28 in Laramie, Wyoming. The women’s 6K race starts at 10:15 AM, the women’s 8K race is scheduled for 11 AM.

After Friday’s Mountain West Championships, the Aggies will return to action on Friday, November 11, at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The NCAA Championships will take place eight days later on Saturday, November 19 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Led by head coach Artie Gulden, the Utah State women qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time in the program’s history during the 2021 season, finishing 28th out of 31 teams. The Aggies received a big bid for the NCAA Championships after finishing seventh in the NCAA Mountain Region Championships.

The women also took the program’s best-ever finish at the MW Championships, finishing in second with a team score of 73. The Aggies were tempered by Katie Haviland and senior Mica Rivera, who finished 10th and 12th respectively with times of 20:05, 1 and 20:07.7. That duo was then named to the all-Mountain West second team.

In the men’s race, the Aggies finished third at the MW Championships with 79 points. Chase Leach earned MW Freshman of the Year honors for being the first freshman across the line, finishing 12th with a time of 23:50.2, also earning all of the second team honors across all conferences.

Senior Caleb Garnica also made the all-MW second team, finishing 14th with a time of 23:54.1. At the NCAA Mountain Region Championships, USU narrowly missed a bid for the NCAA Championships, as it finished eighth with 177 team points. For more information about the Utah State track & field/cross country programs, follow the Aggies on Twitter at @USUTF_XC, on Facebook at USUTrack, and on Instagram at USUTF_XC.

Men’s Cross Country Championship poll:

Team (first place votes) Points 1. No. 5 Air Force (8) 64 2. 24 Utah State (1) 56 3. Colorado State 49 4. Boise State 41 5. Wyoming 38 6. New Mexico 27 ​​7 Nevada 26 8. Fresno State 15 9. San José State 8 Women’s Cross Country Pre-Championship Poll : Team (voting for first place) Points 1. No. 2 New Mexico (10) 100 2. No. 20 Colorado State (1 ) 90 3. Air Force 77 4. Utah State 74 5. Wyoming 63 6. Boise State 61 7. Nevada 46 8. San Diego State 32 9. Fresno State 23 10. UNLV 21 11. San José State 18 -USU-

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