Two USU Cross Country Runners Earn USTFCCCA All-Region Accolades

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s cross country runners Daniel Howell and Brian McKenna earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) all-region honors for their performance at last Saturday’s Mountain Regional Championships. Athletes of member schools that finished in the top 25 individually at one of the nine regional sites earned the honor from the USTFCCCA. Nearly 450 athletes were recognized with all-region awards for cross country in Division I following the NCAA Regional Championships around the country on Saturday. Howell, a sophomore from Manti, Utah (Manti HS), led the Aggie men to a seventh-place overall finish at the NCAA Mountain Regionals crossing the finish line in 18th-place. Howell completed the 10k course in 30:20.6. It is the first time this season that Howell has been the Aggies’ top finisher. McKenna, a junior from Farmington, Utah (Viewmont HS), 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. Howell and McKenna were two of the four runners from the Western Athletic Conference to earn all-region honors, joined by Jeff Howard of Boise State and Barry Britt of Idaho. Neither Howell nor McKenna earned an at-large berth to the National Championships, so they will now direct their attention to indoor track & field season, which starts on Jan. 15, 2011 with the Idaho State Invitational at Pocatello, Idaho. -USU-

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