Utah State Cross Country ready for the Mountain West Championships
The state of Utah will participate in the 2021 Mountain West Championships on Friday, October 29th, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the UNM North Golf Course. The men’s 8K race is scheduled to start at 10:15 AM and the women’s 6K race is scheduled to start at 11:00 AM
The plan is to compete for the 21st aggie men, including the senior degree Connor Weaver, Seniors Haydon Cooper, Mark Crandall, Darren Harman, Roberto Porras and Caleb Garnica, Juniors Bridger Altice and Camren Todd, and freshmen Walker Cole and Tracking liquor.
For the number 28 of the state of Utah in the women’s race on Friday, the seniors will compete Katie Haviland, Mica Rivera and Madison Taylor, Juniors Bailey Brinkerhoff, Abigail Gray and Abby Jensen, Second semester Morgan French, and freshmen Karlee Christensen, Kaybree Christensen and Emma Thornley.
Earlier this week, the state of Utah’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams were ranked third in the MW Pre-Championship Cross Country Coaches polls.
The No. 11 Air Force took first place in the men’s race with eight votes for first place and 64 points, while No. 19 Colorado State took second place with 53 points. The 21st Aggies were just one point behind the Rams with 52 points. USU also received the other first vote.
In the women’s poll, New Mexico took first place with 10 votes for first place and 100 points. No. 12 Colorado State finished second with one vote for first place and 90 points, followed by the 28th Aggies in third place with 81 points.
In the regular season finals last week, the Aggie men took victory at the Utah Open, beating the 43-point from the Utah Valley.
Utah State Senior Caleb Garnica won the men’s 8K title race at the 2020 Mountain West Cross Country Championships, held at the Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Garnica crossed the finish line in 23 minutes 38.4 seconds to defeat Air Force’s Sam Gilman (23: 39.2). However, the Aggies finished second with 33 points – just four behind the first-placed Falcons.
In the women’s category, USU finished fourth with 104 points, while New Mexico (29) won the team title for the 13th time in a row.
Garnica awarded Utah State consecutive 8K crowns on the men’s side when Dallin Farnsworth became the first Aggie to ever win the individual title in the MW Championships. In 2019 he crossed the finish line in a world championship record time of 21: 14.2.
After the Mountain West Championships, the Aggies will return to the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships at Timpanogos Golf Club in Provo, Utah on Friday, November 12th.
The NCAA championships will take place eight days later on Saturday, November 20, at the Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.