Weber State's men's cross-country team qualified for the NCAA meet by winning the District 7 championship Saturday at Rose Park.
BYU's men's team, which was expected to challenge the Wildcats for the title, faltered, and finished third, thereby failing to qualify for the national meet in Knoxville, Tenn., on Nov. 19. Only the top two teams go.Weber State, placing its top five runners in the top 15, literally ran away from the competition, scoring 52 points to 138 for runner-up Northern Arizona and 141 for BYU.
BYU's women's team, ranked second in the nation, qualified for the national meet by winning with 45 points as their top five runners all finished in the top 14. Northern Arizona was also second in the women's event with 57.
Sophomore Duane West of Middleton, Idaho was Weber State's top finisher at No. 8. He was followed by Kurt Black, 9th; Chris Jones, 12th; Bob Durtschi, 14th; and Brian DeVries, 15th. BYU's top finisher was Doug Hobbs who finished 7th. The Cougars had two other runners in the top 20 - Carl Hanson, 13th; and Dave Spence, 18th.
For the women, BYU's Nicole Birk finished 2nd, Tonya Todd 6th, Leanne Whitesides 11th, Angele Lee 12th and Dorota Buczkowska 14th.
Montana State's Sheldon Butler was the individual winner for the men, finishing the 10K course in 29:49, well ahead of second-place finisher Kim White of NAU. UTEP's Wilma Van Onna won the women's 5K course individual championship in 16:41.