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BYU Sweeps 2015 WCC Preview Meets

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SPOKANE VALLEY , Wash. – With two races now in the books, the BYU men’s cross country team has two wins as they took first place at the West Coast Conference Preview Saturday in Spokane.

Dallin Farnsworth and Aaron Fletcher went 1-2 overall for the second-straight meet. Clayton Young, Nicolas Montanez, andConnor McMillan came in fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively, to finish out the team scoring. It was good enough for the Cougars to finish with 18 points for first place overall. 

“It was a nice team performance,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We went into it thinking it would be a more chill race than it actually was. Gonzaga has a couple of good people, so we had to respond earlier than I thought we would. But we were still able to reach the goals we set before the race. I would give the team an ‘A’ in terms of accomplishing all our goals.” 

BYU finished first among NCAA Division I schools competing in the WCC Preview. Gonzaga came in second with 43 points, Eastern Washington took third with 86 points, and Idaho rounded out the team scoring with 104 points. 

Montanez was one of four BYU runners to get their first start in uniform on the season Saturday, but the only one to factor into team scoring. Dallin Taylor finished just outside the top-10, coming in 11th. Steve Morrin came in next at 12th, and Rory Linkletter was 18th. Junior Mitchell Briggs cracked the top-10, finishing ninth.  

SPOKANE VALLEY , Wash. –  What happens to an NCAA cross country team that leaves its top-five runners at home and races nine underclassmen instead? They lose, right?

Wrong. The team of young Cougars didn’t just survive the 6k race Saturday in Spokanne Valley, Washington, they won it. And true freshman Alice Jensen broke the tape … then had a glass of water … then hugged her mom who was in town to watch … then tweeted about it … then high-fived the second-place runner as she crossed the finish line. She dominated the competition, winning by more than seven seconds in only her second-ever college meet.  

"She came down here and just had the race of her life," said BYU head coach Patrick Shane. "She just had an amazing finish. And had she not won that race, we wouldn't have won the meet."

BYU beat out Gonzaga by just one point, scoring 43 team points. Gonzaga totaled 44 and Portland was close behind with 49. The Cougars will look to repeat as WCC champions at the conference championships next month when BYU’s top-five scorers are thrown into the mix 

Alyssa Steed, who placed second for BYU and fifth overall, also had the race of her life, beating Portland's Anna Farello by less than two-tenths of a second, another position BYU needed to clinch the win. What makes the victory against WCC rivals Gonzaga, Portland and Pacific even more significant is that only two of the nine runners, Steed and Kristi Rush, were wearing the BYU uniform last season.