Mark A. Philbrick
2011 NCAA Cross Country Championship hosted by Indiana State University at Terra Haute, Indiana. BYU men's team place 4th with 203 points. Wisconsin wins the title with 97 points. Miles Batty (60) place 14th Rex Shields (65) placed 22nd Jared Ward (68) Tylor Thatcher (67) Jason Witt (69) Curtis Carr (61) Alden Bahr (59).

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.