The BYU women's team finished eighth and the Weber State men's team 14th at Monday's NCAA cross country championships.

Villanova won the women's championship while Arkansas took the men's title.The BYU women, ranked third, were led by Nicole Birk who placed 22nd in the field of 179 runners to earn All-America honors.

Birk, a 5-4 senior from Alpine, Utah, covered the 5,000-meter distance on the Pine Lakes Golf Course in a clocking of 16:55.

"Nicole ran the best race of her life," said BYU coach Patrick Shane. "Through the years, she has had some disappointments and injuries, so we're especially glad she made All-America in her final cross country meet."

Placements and times of other BYU runners were 47th, Leanne Whitesides 17:12; 71st, Dorota Buczkowska 17:30; 96th, Tonya Todd 17:42; 101st, Angela Lee 17:44; 124th, Margi Weber 18:04; and 177th, Sondra Gibb 19:56.

For Weber State, senior Bryan DeVries was the top finisher, taking 48th in a time of 30:27. Following DeVries were Bob Durtschi, 72nd; Duane West, 93rd; Chris Jones, 106th; and Kurt Black, 121st.

In the men's competition, Arkansas placed two runners in the top 10 and finished with 68 points, beating defending champion Iowa State by 28 points.

Iowa State's Jonah Koech was the men's champion, covering the 10,000-meter course in 29 minutes, 5 seconds.

Villanova's Sonia O'Sullivan won the women's title in 16:06 over the 5,000-meter course on Pine Lakes golf course outside Knoxville.

Rounding out the top five in the men's team competition were Notre Dame, Texas and Oregon.

In the women's team competition, Villanova was followed by Providence, Clemson, Cal-Irvine and Oregon.