BYU cross country teams perform well in Oregon

Savannah Hopkinson
Laura Young finishes the Autumn Classic race for BYU on Sept. 16 (Savannah Hopkinson)

The No. 6 BYU men’s cross country team took first place for a second race in a row at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Oregon on Sept. 29.

The No. 19 women’s team was successful as well, finishing third.

For the men, BYU runners claimed seven of the top 10 spots in the 8,000-meter race for a final score of 17.

The Cougars’ top four finishers were Clayton Young (23:42.4), Rory Linkletter (23:43.4), Connor McMillan (23:44.0) and Casey Clinger (23:46.9).

BYU beat out a daunting line-up of top-ranked programs, including No. 2 Stanford.

For the women, their third-place finish, behind No. 2 Oregon and No. 5 Stanford felt much sweeter than their second-place showing two weeks prior, against a much easier pool of competition.

“The ladies executed the race plan perfectly,” said coach Diljeet Taylor. “I’m really pleased with a third-place finish to two of the top-five teams. This is where we want to be at the end of September and we will continue to improve as the season progresses.”

The 6,000-meter race was led for the Cougars by Laura Young (19:22.3) followed by Courtney Wayment (19:28.5).

Both teams have a two-week break before heading to Kentucky for the Pre-Nationals Invitational on Oct. 14.

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