LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four West Coast Conference teams competed in the 2015 NCAA National Championships marking a conference high and the end of the 2015 season. Never before has the WCC finished a cross country season with four teams ranked nationally in the top thirty. BYU women finished 23rd followed by the 2015 WCC champions Gonzaga at 25, the USF women came in 28th. The BYU men also had a strong showing finishing 12th. The championships took place Saturday Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky.
BYU Men's Recap | BYU Women's Recap
The Cougar men finished with a 12th-place overall team finish Saturday. They finish their season as the highest ranked WCC team for the 2015 season. WCC Freshman of the Year Dallin Farnsworth was the top runner for BYU at the Saturday race finishing 74th. Farnsworth was followed by the senior captain and WCC Individual Champion Aaron Fletcher who finished the race in 81st.
The BYU women finished in 23rd, after coming into the race ranked 24th. The Cougar women overcame some adversity, some battled illnesses, and BYU’s usual top runner, junior Natalie Shields-Connolly, lost her shoe just a half-mile into the 6k race, she finished without it on.
Gonzaga women made history as they competed in their first-ever national championship, the Bulldog women finished as the number 25 team in the country. Senior and WCC Individual Champion Shelby Mills once again led the team, finishing the 6k in 20:44.5.
Matthew Crichlow, a red-shirt senior, also put his name in the Bulldog record books becoming the first-ever Gonzaga men's runner to compete at the NCAA National Championships. Crichlow finished with a time of 34:16.8, a personal best by 16 seconds.
For the third time in five years the Don women have competed in nationals. Finishing this year ranked 28th in the nation. Elena Burkard, a redshirt junior, was the first to finish for the Don’s completing the course with a time of 20:45.4.
Alex Short, a Don's graduate student, was coming off a 15th place finish at West Regionals, looking towards a strong showing at Nationals. Sadly, around the 5k mark in Louisville he suffered an injury and was unable to finish the race.
LMU junior Danielle Shanahan became the fourth runner in LMU history to reach the national championships. Shanahan competed individually representing the Lions, racing to an 87th