PROVO For the fourth year in a row, the BYU men's cross country team took the Mountain West Conference title last Saturday, while the Cougar women saw their 19-year conference-title winning streak end.
The men beat host New Mexico by five points, followed by Air Force. Dustin Bybee's third-place finish led the Cougars. Chandler Goodwin was fifth, and Tyrel Jensen placed seventh. New Mexico's Jeremy Johnson won the race.
On the women's side, Colorado State won the race by six points. BYU's Katie Bowen led for most of the race but finished third. Teammate Angela Wagner was fourth. CSU's April Thomas and Kirsten Anthony were first and second, respectively.Ed Eyestone was named MWC Coach of the Year.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Kassidy Christensen had game-winning goals in a pair of games, leading the Cougars to victories over Wyoming and New Mexico.
Last Thursday, the freshman had the game's only goal in a 1-0 road victory over Wyoming. It was a game in which the Cougars outshot the Cowgirls 26-10, including 19 in the second half.
Then on Saturday, Christensen had a repeat performance, netting the game's lone goal in a 1-0 home win over the Lobos. Goalkeeper Erika Woodbury recorded her 11th shutout of the season, one away from the single-season record she set last season.
Christensen's efforts were rewarded by being named the MWC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.BYU plays its last game of the season at UNLV on Friday, and the Cougars can win the Mountain West's regular-season by beating the Rebels. BYU then hosts the MWC Tournament, Nov. 7-10.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: BYU swept Air Force on Friday, then beat Wyoming in a pair of home matches.
The Cougars beat Air Force, 30-19, 30-13, 30-15, led by a season-high 13 aces, including four from Chelsea Goodman and three each from Stephanie Lau and Rachel Dyer.
On Saturday, BYU notched a victory over Wyoming, 24-30, 30-20, 30-28, 30-24. Dyer got a team-high 18 kills and 10 blocks, her third double-double of the season.The Cougars improve their record to 15-6 overall, 7-4 in the MWC play. They next play two road games, at TCU on Thursday and New Mexico on Friday.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING: The BYU women won the Phill Hansel Duals in Houston last Saturday, beating the University of Houston 247-106, Rice University 244-103, Florida International 290-61 and University of New Orleans 297-50 in the dual-meet system.
The win improves the Cougars' dual-meet record to 5-0 this season.BYU will be in Provo to take on UNLV Nov. 9. They will also participate in the BYU Diving Invitational Nov. 9-10.
RUGBY: BYU scored 24 unanswered second-half points to pull away from the Cal-Poly Mustangs and win 45-13 at home.The Cougars next play in 2008 and will concentrate in the offseason on conditioning in the weight room and strategizing in the video room.
ICE HOCKEY: BYU plays an exhibition game against BYU-Idaho on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
LACROSSE: The Cougars will participate in the Best of the West Tournament in Las Vegas on Saturday. Some of the teams in the tournament also include Colorado State, Arizona, Arizona State.