Chelsea Smith McKell (’05) finished 24th and Josh Rohatinsky (’07) finished sixth as BYU’s women’s and men’s cross country teams finished eighth and 13th, respectively, in the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Their performances earned them All-America honors.
Coming into the race the women were ranked No. 8 in the nation and finished eighth for the second season in a row. This marked the 11th consecutive season that the Cougars finished in the top 10.
Before competing nationally, the BYU cross country teams swept the Mountain West Conference Championship in Fort Collins, Colo.
Jorge Azevedo (’06) set a national- and school-best time of 47.70 in the 100 fly, leading the men’s swimming team to a third-place finish Nov. 19 at the annual Speedo Cup Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. Brett A. Allen (’07) followed in sync, marking the fourth best time in the country in the 50 free at 19.91 and setting another Cougar record.
After defeating three Top-25 teams—No. 22 Texas, No.14 Wisconsin, and No. 9 California, the BYU women’s soccer team was ranked as high as No. 6, the highest national rank in the program’s history.
The postseason wasn’t as kind to the Cougars, as BYU (15-2-4) lost to Weber State in a shootout after two overtimes during the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The women’s volleyball season came to an abrupt end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as the Cougars lost in four games to Pepperdine in a match played at USC. The loss concluded BYU’s 25-4 season that saw its first Mountain West Conference championship since 1999 and a return to the NCAA Tournament after missing two of the last three years.