Author: Justin Rogers

Cross country’s McCabe to represent UVU at NCAA Nationals

The men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Salt Lake City on Nov. 13 to compete in the NCAA Western Regionals. The men’s team finished in 11th place, with junior Josh McCabe qualifying for nationals. The women’s team finished in 10th place, placing higher than the Univ. of Utah and Utah State. For the men, McCabe finished with a time of 30:20.2 (17th); Jared Keller (31:24.9, 50th); Cliff Nielson (31:58.6, 67th); Logan Petty (32:25, 78th); Tim Rowberry (32:32.3, 80th); Spencer Evensen (32:42.9, 85th); and Trevor Baker (34:03.0, 105th). McCabe, Keller, Nielson, Petty and Rowberry all achieved personal records on the day. Placing for the women, Shelise Walker ran a time of 21:34.6 (31st); Stephanie Christensen (21:59.1, 49th); Aleina Winger (22:11.9, 57th); Krystal Harper (22:16.1, 64th); Kodi Kleven (22:53.4, 89th); Brooke Hodson (23:08.8, 104th); and Jessica Wilding (23:30.6, 116th). Each of the women runners achieved personal records for the meet. Of note for the women, Walker finished the race 56 seconds better than she did last year. For the men, McCade improved his time from last year by 1:40. “She [Walker] went out and ran well,” said coach Scott Houle. “Having a 56-second PR from last year was awesome.” “He has turned into an amazing runner,” said Houle of McCabe. “He is one of the elite runners in America.” McCabe will now move on to the NCAA Championships taking...

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Cross country does it again

On Oct. 31 the men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Edinburg, Texas, for the Great West Conference Championships, where both finished in first place. The men’s team won with a score of 34 points, which was 22 points better than second-place Seattle University. The women’s team won with a score of 39 points, 33 points ahead of second place Texas-Pan American. The men captured their second straight GWC title, while the women completed a three-peat of being named GWC champions. “It’s always nice to see them run well,” Coach Scott Houle said. “They came healthy and ran with a lot of confidence.” Even though freshman Kodi Kleven came in at fourth place for the women, it was the finishing places 10 through 16 that sealed the victory for the women. Six of the seven runners were from UVU. “In cross country we have something called a time gap, which is the finishing time between the first and last runner on the team,” Houle explained. “You want the gap to be close, and it took our girls less than one minute to complete the race after Kodi crossed the finish line.” That is not to minimize Kleven’s performance, as she was named GWC Freshman of the Year. “I really love running, and I want to contribute as much as I can to the team,” Kleven said. For the...

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Men and women both finish in top 20 at latest invitational

Josh McCabe and Shelise Walker lead the Wolverines The men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 25 to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational. Overall, the men’s team finished in 12th place, two spots ahead of Arizona, which had the overall top-placed runner. Cross country Coach Scott Houle said of the men’s effort, “Comparing us from this year and last year, a lot of runners improved their times.” The women’s team placed 17th at the event. Houle was very pleased with their performance, saying, “Even though the girls didn’t place as high as last year, the overall times improved greatly.” The women’s team competed without top runner Mary Nothum due to injury and Kodi Kleven due to illness. Placing for the men’s team were Josh McCabe with a time of 24:58 (26th), Spencer Evensen (25:46, 73rd), Jared Keller (25:54, 76th), Tim Rowberry (26:05, 86th), Logan Petty (26:46, 114th), Trevor Baker (26:48, 118th) and Cliff Nielson (27:23, 138th). Houle praised McCabe’s effort, remarking, “Josh McCabe had a great race.” For the women, Shelise Walker ran a time of 21:58, which was good for 40th place, with Angela Baker running a time of 22:58, placing 109th. “Shelise Walker had a wonderful meet,” Houle said. “Her time improved greatly from Wyoming.” Rounding out the rest of the runners were Jessica Wilding (23:00, 111th), Krystal Harper (23:08, 118th),...

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