Members of BYU’s men’s cross-country team race in the 2022 West Coast Conference Championships in Portland, Oregon, Oct. 28. The men’s team placed third in the NCAA championships Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Matthew Norton, BYU Photo
Led by Casey Clinger’s seventh-place finish, BYU placed third in the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Cougars had moved into second place late in the race, just three points behind Northern Arizona, but over the final 1,000 meters of the 10,000-meter race they faded.
“I’m feeling really good about our performance. We put ourselves in position to challenge for the win. That’s what you hope for.” — BYU coach Ed Eyestone
Northern Arizona won the championship for the sixth time in seven years (BYU broke NAU’s streak by winning the title in 2019). NAU and host-school Oklahoma State actually finished in an 83-83 tie, but NAU was awarded the title based on a tiebreaker. BYU had 132 points.
In the women’s race, BYU finished eighth and Utah 12th. North Carolina State won the team championship for the second consecutive year, led by sophomore superstar Katelyn Tuohy’s win in the individual race.
This marked the fourth time in six years that the BYU men finished on the podium (top four), including their 2019 NCAA championship. For only the second time in BYU history, four individuals earned cross-country All-American honors (top 40) — Clinger (seventh), Brandon Garnica (21st), Davin Thompson (30th) and Creed Thompson (35th). Clinger, a senior from American Fork, earned his fourth All-American award in cross-country, having finished 24th, 13th, eighth and now seventh in this race, respectively.
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