PROVO The No. 18-ranked women's BYU cross country team finished in fifth place in
a field that included half a dozen top 25 squads in the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, Ore., last week.
Sophomore Katie Bowen led Cougar runners and crossed the finish line in fifth place, followed by freshman teammate Angela Wagner in seventh.
The race was tightly-contested, as places second through fifth were determined by less than 15 points. Other Cougar finishers included Amber Duffin (29th overall), Amy Fowler (30th) and Jenna Jensen (33rd).
Other nationally-ranked teams participating were No. 3 host Oregon, who won the event, No. 4 Arkansas (2nd), No. 17 Washington (3rd) and No. 21 Colorado State (4th).
Also, Cougar freshman Cecily Lemmon was honored as the Mountain West Conference Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week for her second-place finish in BYU's previous race, the Big Wave Invitational in Hawaii.
BYU's next race is Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 31.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: The No. 14 Cougars remained unbeaten after a 2-1 win over Montana on Saturday. Kassidy Christensen put BYU (8-0-2) ahead in the 40th minute. Then Katie Larkin gave her team a 2-0 lead just 20 seconds into the second half. For Larkin, who also recorded an assist, it was her eighth goal of the season and her seventh game-winning score.
Sara Campbell got Montana's goal in the 67th minute, only the second score BYU goalkeeper Erika Woodbury has given up all season.
For her efforts last week, Larkin was named the Mountain West Conference co-offensive player of the week. She shared the honor with New Mexico forward Alexis Ball. Against Washington, Larkin also scored both goals in a 2-1 victory.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: BYU, ranked No. 20, came in seventh place at the Notre Dame Invitational last Friday.
No. 12 Notre Dame won the event that featured 23 total teams and six ranked squads. Cougar Chandler Goodwin finished in 13th place. Other BYU finishers included Stephan Shay (17th), Dustin Bybee (43rd), Brandon Hebbert (46th) and Curtis Carr (52nd).
Pre-Nationals for the men are on Oct. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
WOMEN'S GOLF: The Cougars placed 14th in the NCAA Fall Preview in New Mexico, among 18 participating teams.
Natalia Jimenez led BYU with a 5-over par 224 total. Other Cougar golfers were Ashley Childers (228), Juli Erekson (229) and Daphne Vines (230).
BYU next competes in the Edean Ihlandeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash., Oct. 8, 9.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: BYU swept two opponents last weekend on the road to improve to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in league play.
The No. 23 Cougars beat Wyoming 30-28, 31-29, 30-21 on Friday, then traveled to Colorado to beat Air Force 30-17, 30-21, 30-27 the following night.
The Cougars will host TCU Friday at 7 p.m. and New Mexico Saturday at 8 p.m.
RUGBY: The Cougars began this season's campaign with a 51-6 rout of Utah Valley University last Saturday.
After a slow start, BYU shook off the rust and were led by winger Travis Rodermund with three tries. Fullback Sam Thorley was 4-of-8 on conversion attempts and also kicked a late penalty goal.
The Cougars next take on the University of Utah at home on Friday at 7 p.m. The match is the Utes' season-opener.
LACROSSE: Defending national champion BYU began its defense of the title strong with a 21-4 victory over Utah Valley State College last Saturday.
The Cougars look to improve on the good start with a pair of games on Friday. They will take on Westminster College at 5:30 p.m., then match up against Utah at 7 p.m.
SWIMMING AND DIVING: The women's team is first and the men's squad in second in the recently-released Mountain West Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the league's coaches.
Last season, the men finished first in the conference during regular season competition, while the women were second. In the MWC Championships, the women captured the title and the men came in second.Both teams will be in action on Oct. 12 in Salt Lake City at the Don Reddish Relays.