No. 2 BYU Wins Third Straight WCC Championship

Oct. 27, 2017

WCC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL | MEN'S RACE RESULTS

OAKLAND, Calif. -- No. 2 BYU turned in a truly dominant performance en route to capturing its third consecutive West Coast Conference Championship on a stunning morning at the Metropolitan Golf Links. It is the fifth title in six seasons for the Cougars, who posted the 11th perfect score (15 points) in WCC Championship history and the first since Portland accomplished the feat in 2003.

Perennial power No. 3 Portland posted its third straight runner-up showing, with two student-athletes in the top-10 for 58 points. No. 29 San Francisco finished third with 75 points, paced by two student-athletes in the top-15.

The day belonged to the Cougars with all seven entrants posting top-10 finishes (only the top five individual finishes per team count towards final score).

Junior Connor McMillan won in impressive fashion for the Cougars breaking the tape at 23:22.8 besting fellow BYU junior and runner-up Daniel Carney at 23:28.9. McMillan's time was the fastest at the conference meet since BYU's Jason Witt won the 2013 event in Malibu with a time of 23:14.

Casey Clinger finished third at 23:29 to claim WCC Freshman of the Year honors edging out Rory Linkletter in fourth place at 23:29. Clayton Young capped off the Cougar sweep at 23:29.1 followed by a pair of Pilots: Jeff Thies (6th/23:31.4) and Nick Hauger (7th/23:31.6).

Senior Mohamed Aziz finished seventh (23:34.2) for San Francisco. Two additional Cougars earned WCC First Team honors by virtue of a top-10 finish: freshman Kramer Morton (9th/23:35.9) and junior Jonathan Harper (10th/23:35.9).


 

 

Gonzaga (123 points) was fourth overall while Santa Clara (165) finished fifth.

BYU's Ed Eyestone was selected as WCC Coach of the Year for the fourth time, third consecutive.

Next up will be NCAA Regional competition for all nine men's programs. The No. 2 Cougars will compete in the 2017 NCAA Mountain Regional Friday, November 10 in Logan, Utah. All remaining teams headlined by No. 3 Portland and No. 29 San Francisco, will race in the NCAA West Regional Friday, November 10 in Seattle, Wash.

All programs are fighting for an NCAA Championship berth. The 2017 NCAA Championships are Saturday, November 18 in Louisville, Ky.

Final 2017 #WCCchamps Men's Team Standings

Final Standings

Score

Scoring Order

1

BYU

15

1-2-3-4-5(9)(10)

2

Portland

58

6-7-11-14-20(29)(32)

3

San Francisco

75

8-12-16-17-22(33)(41)

4

Gonzaga

100

15-18-19-23-25(34)(39)

5

Santa Clara

165

26-27-30-37-45(54)(56)

6

Loyola Marymount

166

21-28-36-38-43(47)(55)

7

St. Mary's (Cal.)

187

24-35-40-42-46(52)(61)

8

Pepperdine

198

13-31-50-51-53(57)(59)

9

San Diego

259

44-48-49-58-60(62)(63)

Final 2017 #WCCchamps Men's Individual Standings

Athlete

#

Team

Score

Time

WCC FIRST TEAM

1

MCMILLAN, Connor

13

BYU

1

23:22.8

2

CARNEY, Daniel

2

BYU

2

23:28.9

3

CLINGER, Casey

3

BYU

3

23:29.0

4

LINKLETTER, Rory

10

BYU

4

23:29.0

5

YOUNG, Clayton

22

BYU

5

23:29.1

6

THIES, Jeff

132

Portland

6

23:31.4

7

HAUGER, Nick

114

Portland

7

23:31.6

8

AZIZ, Mohamed

164

San Francisco

8

23:34.2

9

MORTON, Kramer

14

BYU

9

23:35.9

10

HARPER, Jonathan

6

BYU

10

23:35.9

WCC SECOND TEAM

11

KIPRONO, Reuben

120

Portland

11

23:50.9

12

ROWE, Jack

182

San Francisco

12

24:03.5

13

MCLELLAND, Brayden

12

BYU

--

24:09.8

14

SHUMWAY, Clayson

19

BYU

--

24:12.3

15

HEATH, Nick

98

Pepperdine

13

24:17.0

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