Utah State Men’s Cross Country remains 17th in the national coaches poll
LOGAN, Utah – The state of Utah men’s cross-country skiing stayed at number 17 in week 2 of the NCAA DI Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, published Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Aggies collected 141 points and are the fourth highest team from the mountain region, behind No. 1 Northern Arizona (329 points; 10 votes in first place), No. 3 BYU (295) and No. 8 Colorado (249) who climbed four places in the top 10.
Utah State is the sole representative of Mountain West in the top 25 poll.
Also on Tuesday, the Aggies received a trio of Mountain West senior awards Mark Crandall was named MW Cross Country Men’s Athlete of the Week while freshmen Emma Thornley and Garrett wooden house everyone took home the MW Freshman of the Week awards for women and men.
Crandall finished second overall at the Montana State Cross Country Classic last Saturday in Bozeman, Montana, when he finished the 8k race with a time of 12:45 p.m. and the Aggies to a first place at the event led in the team.
Woodhouse was named MW Cross Country Men’s Freshman of the Week for the first time this season, crossing the finish line with a time of 25:12 in the 8K race. The Fairfax, Virginia native finished 14th overall while finishing the second fastest time for USU by a non-senior behind just his sophomore year Max Wehrli.
It is also the first time Thornley has received the MW Freshman of the Week award after finishing fourth overall and first place for USU with a time of 4:33:40 p.m. at the MSU Cross Country Classic. A native of Layton, Utah, was instrumental in leading the Aggies to a second straight title at the event as Utah State’s 31 points edged out Montana State’s 34 for victory.
The Aggies are returning to the Idaho State Invitational in Pocatello, Idaho on Saturday, September 25th.