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USU's Kyle McKenna Named WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

USU cross country athlete Kyle McKenna

Junior Kyle McKenna was named the WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the period of Oct. 8-14. This is McKenna's first career WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor.

Utah State [University] junior cross country runner Kyle McKenna was named the Western Athletic Conference men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the period of Oct. 8-14, announced by the league office Tuesday [Oct. 16].

This is the first career WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor for McKenna. Additionally, it is his second conference Athlete of the Week accolade as he also was named the WAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week on March 27, 2012.

McKenna, a native of Farmington, Utah (Viewmont HS), was both the top finisher for the USU men and WAC with his 51st-place finish at the NCAA Pre-National meet at E.P ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., last weekend. McKenna clocked in with a time of 24:03.9 in the 8K seeded men's race as he competed against 272 runners from 40 Division I teams, including No. 2 Colorado, No. 5 BYU and No. 8 Oregon. He also has been the top Aggie finisher at all four meets in 2012.

As a team, the USU women rank 12th in the Mountain Region in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) after finishing fourth in the unseeded portion of the NCAA Pre-National meet.

The Utah State men rank 14th in the Mountain Region.

Action will continue for USU with the WAC Championships being hosted by Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La., Saturday, Oct. 27. The Aggie men will look to defend their 2011 title and win their seventh championship in the last eight years, while the USU women look to win their first WAC title since 2008 and third overall.

More information on the WAC Cross Country Championships is online.

Fans also can follow Utah State Athletics, including USU cross country and track & field, on Twitter or on Facebook.

Additional Aggie sports news is available at the Athletics website.

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