Going up against the top runners in the nation, Utah Valley senior Tyson Lambert recorded a 104th-place finish in the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships hosted by the University of Louisville on Saturday at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park.
A native of Grantsville, Utah, Lambert capped his illustrious cross-country career by posting the program's all-time second-highest finish in the 10K at the national championships with a personal record of 30:46.52. In the final 2,000 meters of the race, Lambert made a late push to move up 11 spots and cross the finish line in the top half of the pack among 250 runners competing for the ultimate prize.
"I was so grateful to be here," said Lambert. "I couldn't ask for a better way to end my collegiate cross-country career. It was really amazing to see some of the country's best runners in person. It means a lot to represent UVU [at the national championship], and I hope the whole team can make it here one day."
The 104th-place finish and time by Lambert sit second all-time in program history, behind former UVU runner Josh McCabe's 94th-place finish and time of 30:39.8 in 2012. Lambert's finish bumped him ahead of McCabe in their first-ever national championship races, as McCabe crossed the finish line in 242nd due to injury at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
On the day, Lambert finished with times of 5:48.7 in the 2K, 12:02.2 in the 4K and 24:35.5 in the 8K to begin the race. With his personal 10K record, Lambert adds to a remarkable senior campaign where he became the first-ever Utah Valley runner to finish the regular season undefeated.
Lambert's appearance in the NCAA Championships made him the second Wolverine in program history alongside McCabe, while it marks the third time UVU has featured a runner in the race.
The individual national championship went to Justyn Knight of Syracuse, who recorded a time of 29:00.11. Meanwhile, Northern Arizona (74 points) earned its second-straight national championship trophy on the day, beating out Portland (127 points), BYU (165 points), Stanford (221 points) and Arkansas (259 points) in second through fifth place, respectively.
Among his many accomplishments in 2017, Lambert earned victories against top talent at the UC Riverside Invitational and the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. In addition, he set a program course record on UC Riverside's course.
During his four-year career, Lambert helped the Wolverines to three-straight WAC titles in the squad's first three seasons as a member of the conference. This past season, he finished as runner-up at the 2017 WAC Championships and guided UVU to a second-place finish in the team standings.