Nov. 20, 2011
TERRA HAUTE, Ind.-- - BYU and Portland earned top-ten finishes at the 2011 Division I NCAA Cross Country Championships at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terra Haute, Ind. Senior Miles Batty led the Cougars with a 10th-place finish and senior Alfred Kipchumba paced the Pilots with a 17th-place finish in the 10K race.
Finishing with a total of 203 points, the Cougars came in behind Wisconsin (97), Oklahoma State (139) and Colorado (144). Batty finished first for the Cougars and 14th overall in the 10K, with a time of 29:40.
Coming in fourth, the Cougars had their second-best team finish in the history of the program, behind only a second-place finish in 1993.
Junior Rex Shields and sophomore Jared Ward came in second and third for the Cougars and 22 and 58 overall with times of 29:52 and 30:28, respectively. Sophomores Tylor Thatcher and Jason Witt rounded out fourth and fifth for BYU, solidifying an impressive team finish with the top-five Cougars all finishing in the top 100. Both Batty and Shields earned All-American status.
Portland earned its fourth top-ten finish ever and its second highest finish ever by placing eighth at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
The Pilots finished with four runners in the top-100, as junior Joash Oroso placed 76th with a time of 30:38, and freshman Scott Fauble was 99th with a time of 30:48. Kipchumba was selected as an All-American for the third time in his career.
Rounding out the race for the Pilots were freshman David Perry (30:53/111th), junior Lars Erik Malde (31:03/133rd) and freshman William Kincaid (31:19/158th).
This marks the ninth time the program has placed among the top-15. UP's best team finish at the National Championship is seventh, done in 2001 and 2007. The Pilots have never gone more than two straight years without an NCAA appearance.
-Courtesy of BYU, UP Athletics