SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State sophomore Daniel Howell led the Aggie men to a seventh-place overall finish at the NCAA Mountain Regionals crossing the finish line in 18th place. USU’s women finished in 17th place behind sophomore Ruth Hilton. “I really think our teams ran well,” veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel said. “They pulled it together after conference championships and ran well,” Howell completed the 10k course, which was hosted by the University of Utah, in 30:20.6. It is the first time this season that Howell has been the Aggies top finisher. Junior Brian McKenna, who has led the Aggies in every previous race this season, finished just behind Howell as he clocked in at 30:24.1 in 20th place. “It has been a long time since we have had two runners finish in the top 20,” Gensel said. “The men were ranked 10th going into the race and finished in 7th, I think that just shows how well they came together and performed today.” Hilton finished the women’s 6k course in 21:54.0 earning 42nd place. It is the second race in a row that Hilton has led the Aggie women, as she finished in fifth-place overall at the Western Athletic Conference championships just two weeks ago. “Ruth ran a really stong race today. She did great,” Gensel added. Following Hilton was senior Kim Quinn in 75th place clocking in at 22:28.7. Also finishing well for the Aggies was sophomore Kaylee Campbell (22:36.0) in 81st place, junior Jessie Chugg (22:46.8) in 84th place and senior Alicia Wilkins (22:48.7) in 86th place. Sophomore Stephanie Burt (99th) clocked in at 23:04.7 followed, by Alex Litzsinger (105th) at 23:09.3. Following Howell and McKenna, the rest of USU’s men finished with in one minute of each other as junior Hunter Nelson (54th) finished in 31:28.5, sophomore Aaron Clements (56th) in 31:30.5, junior Steve Atkinson (61st) in 31:48.7, freshman Kyle McKenna (69th) in 32:04.9 and senior Eric Larson (79th) rouded out USU’s men at 32:32.0. New Mexico (45 points) and Colorado (66 points) finished first and second overall, respectively, on the men’s side and both will head to the NCAA Championships. New Mexico’s women (53 points) were also able to capture the title earning them a spot at the NCAA Championships, along with second-place finisher Texas Tech (55 points). The Aggie men took seventh-place with 209 points while the women finished 17th with 364 points. Last year at the NCAA Mountain regionals, McKenna finished in 19th place to earn him an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. The Aggies will have to wait for a decision from the selection committee to see if Howell’s 18th-place finish will be enough for a spot at NCAA Championships hosted by Indianan State on Nov. 20. NCAA Mountain Regionals is the final team competition of the 2010 season for the Aggies. NCAA Mountain Regionals Salt Lake City, Utah Nov. 13, 2010 Men’s Team Finishes (16 teams) 1. New Mexico – 45 2. Colorado – 66 3. Brigham Young – 80 4. Northern Arizona – 88 5. US Air Force – 155 7. Utah State – 209 Utah State Men’s Finishers 18. Daniel Howell, 30:20.6 20. Brian McKenna, 30:24.1 54. Hunter Nelson, 31:28.5 56. Aaron Clements, 31:30.5 61. Steve Atkinson, 31:48.7 69. Kyle McKenna, 32:04.9 79. Eric Larson, 32:32.0 Women’s Team Finishes (19 teams) 1. New Mexico – 53 2. Texas Tech Univ – 55 3. Colorado – 59 4. Brigham Young – 156 5. Colorado State Univ. – 175 17. Utah State – 364 Utah State Women’s Finishers 42. Ruth Hilton, 21:54.0 75. Kim Quinn, 22:28.7 81. Kaylee Campbell, 22:36.0 84. Jessie Chugg, 22:46.8 86. Alicia Holt, 22:48.7 99. Stephanie Burt, 23:04.7 105. Alex Litzsinger, 23:09.3 -USU-
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