Utah State concludes season with good performance at NCAA Mountain Regionals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Utah State’s men’s cross country team finished seventh at the NCAA Mountain Regional Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., while the Aggie women placed 14th in its final team competition of the season.Sophomore Brian McKenna led the Aggie men as he finished the 10k course in 19th-place with a time of 30:57.5. Freshman Alex Litzsinger was the top finisher for the Aggie women as she competed the 6k course in 22:18.5 to place 41st. Following McKenna for Utah State was junior Nick Bolinder who finished 23rd overall with a time of 31:07.0. Also doing well for the Aggies was sophomore Daniel Howell who finished 27th in 31:12.7. Other Aggie finishers for the men included Steve Atkinson (32:04.2) who placed 49th and senior Jason Holt (32:10.1) who came in 53rd. Senior Steve Strickland (32:19.4) took 61st and junior Chio Lopez (32:57.3) rounded out the USU finishers tabbing 83rd.Brigham Young won the men’s team championship with 54 points and was followed closely by Colorado with 55 points. Host New Mexico took third with 77 points.On the women’s side, sophomore Jessie Chugg (22:44.9) finished 67th-place, while junior Alicia Holt (23:01.7) finished in 82nd-place. Following Holt was junior Justine Baugh (23:10.5) in 91st place and junior Kim Quinn (23:22.5) tabbed 100th. Following close behind was freshman Kaylee Campbell (23:25.3) in 103rd while senior Erin Stratton (23:29.3) came in 104th.Colorado took first overall on the women’s side with 48 points while Texas Tech finished second with 53 points. BYU finished in third-place with 114 points. The top two teams in each region receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 24th. RESULTSNCAA Mountain RegionalAlbuquerque, N.M.Nov. 14, 2009 Men’s Team Finishers – Points1. Brigham Young – 54 2. Colorado – 553. New Mexico – 77 4. Northern Arizona – 86 5. UTEP – 158 7. UTAH STATE – 171 Men’s Top Finishers1. David McNeill – Northern Arizona (29:51.6)2. Miles Batty – Brigham Young (30:03.5)3. Jacob Kirwa – New Mexico (30:17.3)4. Jordan Kyle – Colorado (30:24.4)5. Justin Tyner – Air Force (30:29.5) Utah State Men’s Individual Finishers19. Brian McKenna (30:57.5)23. Nick Bolinder (31:07.0) 27. Daniel Howell (31:12.7) 49. Steve Atkinson (32:04.2) 53. Jason Holt (32:10.1) 61. Steve Strickland (32:19.4) 83. Chio Lopez (32:57.3) Women’s Team Finishers – Points1. Colorado – 48 2. Texas Tech – 53 3. Brigham Young – 114 4. UTEP – 116 5. New Mexico – 120 14. UTAHT STATE – 381 Women’s Top Individual Finishers1. Jenny Barringer – Colorado (20:29.0)2. Cecily Lemmon – Brigham Young (20:41.1)3. Allie McLaughlin – Colorado (20:45.1)4. Risper Kimaiyo – UTEP (20:46.5)5. Lillian Badaru – Texas Tech (20:51.5)Utah State Individual Finishers41. Alex Litzsinger (22:18.5) 67. Jessie Chugg (22:44.9) 82. Alicia Holt (23:01.7) 91. Justine Baugh (23:10.5) 100. Kim Quinn (23:22.5) 103. Kaylee Campbell (23:25.3) 104. Erin Stratton (23:29.3) -USU-

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