The BYU men's cross-country team made history Friday, winning the West Coast Conference Championships with a perfect score to easily outdistance the competition in Oakland, California.
Connor McMillan took first individually for the Cougars with a time of 23:22.8 in the 8-kilometer race. He was followed by teammates Daniel Carney (23:28.9), Casey Clinger (23:29.0), Rory Linkletter (23:29.0) and Clayton Young (23:29.1) as the Cougars, ranked No. 2 in the country, swept the top five spots. In second was third-ranked Portland, with a score of 58.
It's the first time a team has won the WCC title with a perfect score.https://twitter.com/BYUTFXC/status/924010730990460928
BYU, which had four other racers finish in the top 15, won its third straight WCC title with the dominant performance.
"I'm super pleased with the way the guys ran," head coach Ed Eyestone said in a press release. "They maintained a relentless pace and it paid off. To perfect score the conference meet over the third-ranked team in the country shows that we should be considered a national championship caliber team."
On the women's side, the No. 18 Cougars took second with a score of 50, behind No. 4 San Francisco, which scored a 21.
Courtney Wayment (20:02.1) crossed the line first for BYU in the 6K event in sixth overall. She was followed by Laura Young (20:03.6, seventh place), Olivia Hoj (20:28.9, 11th), Ashleigh Warner (20:31.6, 12th) and Kristi Rush (20:42.3, 15th).https://twitter.com/BYUCougars/status/924001231873327104
Grayson Murphy finished fifth overall for Utah in the cross-country Pac-12 Championships on Friday, leading the No. 27 Utes to a sixth-place finish. Murphy clocked a time of 19:03.8 in the 6K race, earning first-team Pac-12 honors in the process.
"We were six, but scored the lowest points we've ever scored at this meet and definitely ran our best race of the year as a team," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said in a press release. "We ran great, we were challenging the whole way and we just had a few spots change hands towards the end."
The Utes had 146 points to finish sixth. No. 3 Colorado won the championships with a score of 53, besting top-ranked Oregon (71).
Poppy Tank (19.28.5) finished 18th for the Utes, while Amanda Gehrich (20.00.3) was 35th.