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Utah State Men Picked By Coaches to Win 2012 WAC Cross Country Championship

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012


Utah State men's cross country action

Utah State's men's cross country was picked to win the 2012 WAC Championship for the sixth-straight season by the leagues nine coaches. (photo from Athletics website)


Utah State's [University] men's cross country team was picked by the league’s nine coaches to win its seventh Western Athletic Conference Championship in the last eight years, it was announced by the league office. This marks the sixth-straight year that the Aggie men have been atop the WAC Pre-Championship Coaches Poll.

The USU women were chosen to finish third in the poll, collecting 55 points behind Idaho (68) and New Mexico State (65), respectively. On the men’s side Utah State received four first-place votes and 65 points followed by New Mexico State (60) and Seattle U (58) with two first-place votes each.

“I have mixed emotions on being picked to win the men’s title,” said veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel. “It is great to be recognized by the other coaches in the conference, but I don’t want it to give our athletes a false sense of security. I am actually surprised and don't know why they picked us to win it based on how we have ran up to this point, but that is why you run the race. We feel the race is wide open on both the men and women’s side. It is a great honor and we are excited about that but we just need to run the race and see where we are.”

The 2012 WAC Championships will be hosted by Louisiana Tech at the Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston, La., Saturday, Oct. 27. The women harriers will start the action at 8 a.m. (MT) followed by the men’s race at 9 a.m. Results will be posted to www.UtahStateAggies.com.

Junior Kyle McKenna has led the USU men all season as their top finisher at each meet, highlighted by finishing 51st (24:03.9) out of 272 runners at the NCAA Pre-National meet in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 13. Senior Alex Litzsinger has helped pace the Aggie women as their top finisher at each meet this season as she also performed well in Louisville with a third-place finish (21:15.4) out of 243 runners.

The Utah State women rank 12th in the Mountain Region while the men rank 14th, according to the latest rankings by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Attendance at the 2012 WAC Championships is free for all fans. More information about the championships is online.

Following the conference championships, USU will continue the 2012 season at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Fort Collins, Colo., Friday, Nov. 9.

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

2012 PRE-CHAMPIONSHIP MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY COACHES POLL

Rank

Teams (first-place votes)

Points

1

UTAH STATE (4)

65

2

New Mexico State (2)

60

3

Seattle U (2)

58

4

Idaho

50

5

UT Arlington (1)

48

6

UTSA

42

7

San Jose State

26

8

Texas State

24

9

Louisiana Tech

19

2012 PRE-CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY COACHES POLL

Rank

Teams (first-place votes)

Points

1

Idaho (6)

68

2

New Mexico State (2)

65

3

UTAH STATE

55

4

UTSA (1)

53

5

UT Arlington

44

6

Seattle U

40

7

San Jose State

29

8

Texas State

25

9

Louisiana Tech

17

Additional Aggie sports news is available at the Athletics website.





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