NEW ORLEANS - Tylor Thatcher and Jared Ward were named All-Americans by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association on Monday after their top 40 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Thatcher took 21st overall to lead the Cougars to a fourth-place team finish, their second fourth-place finish and podium appearance under head coach Ed Eyestone. Ward placed 36th in just his second race after having his senior year of eligibility reinstated.

Both runners were All-Americans in 2012, as Ward finished 14th overall and Thatcher took 34th at the NCAA Championships.

The USTFCCCA gives the distinction of All-American to the top 40 finishers of the 2013 NCAA Division I Cross-Country Championships men’s and women’s races.

Justin Green is the sports information director over men's track and cross country for BYU Athletic Communications. He is a BYU student majoring in public relations and minoring in business and will graduate in April 2013. Email: justinjgreen8@gmail.