Not only did the the 2019 BYU cross country campaign culminate with one of the most dramatic and defining moments across all BYU sports during the 2019-20 season, but it will also go down as one of the most successful seasons in school history.
While all athletes were impacted by the cancellation of the spring season, BYU seniors, who were anticipating 2020 to be the final year of their college career, are now faced with the decision to either stay for an unforeseen fifth year or begin the next chapter in life.
The BYU Track and Field team opened their 2020 indoor season with an invitational at the Smith Field House hosting teams from Westminster College, Utah Valley University, Utah State University, and Southern Utah University.
Because of a national title in men's cross country, a second place finish in women's cross country and a fifth place finish in soccer, the Division I Learfield IMG College Director's Cup has BYU athletics ranked fourth in the country behind Virginia, Michigan and Stanford. Boise State comes in at No. 23 in IMG Director's Cup results and ranks second among the four rivals, while Utah sits at No. 43 and Utah State ranks No. 66.
Athletes aren’t the only people who are selected to represent their countries in the Olympic Games; athletic trainers must qualify and apply before they are selected for a spot on an Olympic medical staff team — a behind-the-scenes position that cares for athletes and their bodies day and night during the Olympics.
BYU cross country took the NCAA championship by storm with the men’s team winning their first-ever national championship and the women’s team coming in second on Saturday, Nov. 23. It marks the first time in program history that both the men’s and women’s teams placed top-two in the country.