The Utah State Men finish the season 26th in the NCAA XC Championships

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Utah State men’s cross country team finished its 2022 season with 26th place finish in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships Saturday morning at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course.

The only team not to advance to the finals, the Aggies finished the finals with 618 points, beating five ranked teams to finish on 618 points.

“I’m really proud of the men,” said the Utah State cross country coach Artie Guilder. “They reacted well and fought hard and overcame a lot of adversity this season. They executed the race plan really well and drove hard in the last half of the race.

“The men were the only team not to make the national rankings, so I’m very proud that we reacted well and beat a handful of teams.”

The Aggies defeated both Alabama (27th; 683 points) and Michigan (29th, 708 points), who finished 25th on Saturday, along with No. 22 Georgetown (31st; 752 points), No. 24 Princeton (30th; 712 points) and No. 27 Colorado State (28th; 704 points).

“We played hard and patiently against the best teams in the nation,” said the Utah State senior Camren Todd, who crossed the line second to Aggie when he finished 125th overall in the 10K with a time of 30 minutes 25.6 seconds. “We have shown that we can compete with them and we will continue to build from here.”

After the closest finish in the 85-year history of the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the No. 2 from Northern Arizona won the men’s title. The Lumberjacks and No. 4 Oklahoma State both scored 83 points, meaning the national champion was crowned in the tiebreak for the first-ever time: a head-to-head match of each team’s scorers, one to five.

The BYU No. 3 finished third with 132 points, while Utah State’s Mountain West counterpart, the No. 8 Air Force, ranked seventh with 264 points.

Stanford’s Charles Hicks clinched the singles title when he finished the course in 28:43.6, beating NAU’s Nico Young (28:44.5) and Drew Bosley (28:55.9), second and third respectively became.

Junior Yonas Mogos led the Aggies with an 85th place finish and a time of 30:06.3 over the 10K.
“The course was really tough but the coach had a really good race plan for us,” said Mogos. “We did well as a team.”

Mogos and Todd were followed by Junior Max Werli in the 147th (30:35.7), senior Mark Crandall in the 158th (30:40.6) and in the second year Brennan Benson in the 213. (31:13.1).

“Yonas had another really good race and Camren recovered well after a tough race in the region,” said Gulden. “I’m very proud of all of them and grateful for their tenacity and commitment to each other.”

Other Aggie finishers were senior Caleb Garnica in 214th (31:17.3) and grade senior Darren Harman in 218th place (31:21.0).

Senior Mica Rivera and second graders Ana Weber represented Utah State on the women’s side as individual competitors. Weaver placed 53rd in the 6K with a time of 20:17.5 while Rivera placed 201st with a time of 21:21.4.

“It was a good debut for me in the NCAAs,” Weaver said. “Mica and I were focused on enjoying every moment of the whole experience and taking advantage of such a big stage. We couldn’t have been here without our coaches and they really gave me a new perspective on running in college this year.”

Gulden was pleased with what he saw of Weaver and Rivera.

“Ana ran great,” he said. “She followed the race plan and was in a great position. She fought hard and ran really strong. I’m very proud of Mica. Finishing her cross country career at the national championships is amazing. I’m super grateful for everything they gave to our program.”

The No. 1 in the state of North Carolina clinched the team title with 114 points. No. 2 New Mexico placed second with 140 points. Katelyn Tuohy led the wolf pack and took first place with a time of 19:27.7.

This was only the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2020 that the Aggie men have competed in the NCAA championships. They received a tender at large this year after finishing seventh at the Mountain Region Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico last weekend.

In their first-ever appearance at the NCAA championships, the Aggies, then ranked 27th, finished 27th out of 31 teams with 603 points — despite three runners retiring early in the 10K — in 2017 in Louisville. Kentucky.

Two years later, Utah State scored 428 points and finished 16th overall, finishing ahead of five teams that competed at the front of the race (#14 Wisconsin, #11 Washington, #9 Ole Miss, #18 Syracuse and No. 13 State of Middle Tennessee).

The Aggies had their best finish to date at the 2020 NCAA Championships, also held in Stillwater. USU, which finished at No. 21, scored 351 points to finish 11th overall, beating their previous best championship result of 16th place in 2019. Utah State beat 15 teams in the rankings, including 10 that ranked ahead of them .


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NCAA DIVISION I CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course | Stillwater, Oklahoma | November 19, 2022


Men’s 10 km team results (31 teams)
1. No. 2 Northern Arizona – 2, 3, 18, 24, 36, (79), (NAU) (127) – 83
2. No. 4 Oklahoma State – 5, 8, 11, 29, 30, (50), (117) – 83
3. #3 BYU—7, 20, 28, 33, 44, (45), (49)—132
4. #1 Stanford – 1, 10, 48, 67, 69, (101), (162) – 195
5. #12 Wake Forest – 19, 21, 25, 53, 86, (99), (144) – 204

26. State of Utah – 77, 105, 124, 133, 179, (180), (184) – 618

Men’s Top 5 Finishers: 1. Charles Hicks (SU)—28:43.6; 2. Nico Young (NAU) – 28:44.5; 3. Drew Bosley (NAU) – 28:55.9; 4. Dylan Jacobs (Tennessee)—28:58.0; 5. Alex Maier (OSU) – 28:58.2.

Utah State Men’s Results: 85 Yonas Mogos – 30:06.3; 125 Camren Todd – 30:25.6; 147 Max Werli – 30:35.7; 158 Mark Crandall – 30:40.6; 213 Brennan Benson – 31:13.1; 214 Caleb Garnica – 31:17.3; 218 Darren Harman – 31:21.0.


Women’s 6K Team Results (31 Teams)
1. No. 1 State of North Carolina – 1, 2, 13, 24, 74, (80), (98) – 114
2. No. 2 New Mexico – 20, 23, 31, 32, 34, (89), (118) – 140
3. #5 Alabama—5, 8, 12, 14, 127, (185), (211)—166
4. No. 3 State of Oklahoma – 6, 11, 47, 62, 75, (123), (183) – 211
5. #13 North Carolina – 15, 35, 50, 54, 88, (106), (125) – 242


Women’s Top 5 Finishers: 1. Katelyn Tuohy (NCSU)—19:27.7; 2. Parker Valby (UF) – 19:30.9; 3. Kelsey Chmiel (NCSU)—19:37.1; 4. Elise Stearns (NAU) – 19:43.9; 5. Bailey Hertenstein (CU) – 19:45.1.


Utah State Women’s Results: 53 Ana Weber – 20:17.5; 201 Mica Rivera – 21:21.4.


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