TERRA HAUTE, Ind. – Sophomore Brian McKenna led the Aggie men finishing in 34th place in the NCAA Pre-National Invitational Saturday hosted by Indiana State. “This meet is huge in the number of athletes and teams. It is sometimes easy to get lost in the pack,” veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel said. “I think our athletes did a great job of staying together and sticking to our plan.” McKenna finished the 8,000m race in 24:21.3 leading USU to a 22nd-place overall finish. McKenna’s time was just over a minute behind first-place finisher Samuel Chelanga (Liberty) at 23:19.9. Last year, McKenna finished 36th at the NCAA Pre-National race. McKenna’s 34th place finish Saturday is USU’s best finish since 2005 when Trevor Bell crossed the line in 10th place in 23:57. McKenna has led the Aggies in every race thus far this season. “Brian’s 34th-place finish is the best Aggie finish we have had in a little while at Pre-Nationals, and we are pretty proud of him for his performance today,” Gensel said. Following McKenna was junior Daniel Howell who crossed the finish line at 24:32.1 in 44th place. The first Aggie to cross the finish line on the women’s side was sophomore Ruth Hilton, clocking in at 21:38.8 in 77th place. Following Hilton was senior Kim Quinn’s finish at 22:12.9 in 141st place. Oklahoma won the men’s race with 106 points, followed by the Aggies in-state rival, BYU with 138 points. In third place was Colorado with 140 points. USU finished in 22nd place with 489 points out of 36 teams. Georgetown took the women’s title with 100 points. Colorado nabbed second place with 123 points just passing Stanford with 125. Utah State took 28th place out of 40 teams. “Our goal was to see improvement and to help prepare for WAC Championships, and we really came out and did that today,” Gensel said. The Aggies will have a week off of competition as they prepare for the Western Athletics Conference Championship on Oct. 30 hosted by Nevada in Reno. RESULTSPRE-NATIONALSINIDIANA STATETERE HAUTE, IND. Men’s Team Results (36 teams)1. Oklahoma – 1062. BYU – 1383. Colorado – 14022. Utah State – 489 Men’s Individual Results34. Brian McKenna, 24:21.344. Daniel Howell, 24:32.183. Aaron Clements, 24:52.0142. Hunter Nelson, 25:30.3186. Eric Larson, 25:59.8204. Kyle McKenna, 26:17.1212. Jacob Barton, 26:26.2 Women’s Team Results (40 teams)1. Georgetown – 1002. Colorado – 1233. Stanford – 12528. Utah State – 759 Women’s Individual Results77. Ruth Hilton, 21:38.8141. Kim Quinn, 22:12.9163. Jessie Chugg, 22:22.3175. Kaylee Campbell, 22:28.2203. Alex Litzsinger, 22:44.4235. Alicia Wilkins, 23:12.5236. Stephanie Burt, 23:13.4 -USU-
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