CEDAR CITY, Utah - Nov. 10 - The SUU cross country program will compete at the NCAA Mountain Region championship in Provo, Utah, on Saturday, racing to qualify as teams and as individuals for the national championship in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Nov. 21.
“We’re going in after a long season hoping that all our hard work will pay off,” head coach Eric Houle said. “We want to run at the high level we know we’re capable and hopefully qualify to continue on to nationals.”
The men’s team currently ranks sixth in the region in the USTFCCCA coaches’ poll, closely following Utah State and Weber State. BYU leads in the poll, followed by Colorado and Northern Arizona. The men achieved a sixth-place ranking after finishing sixth at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival on Oct. 15 and have maintained it ever since.
Cameron Levins returns to lead the men after a first-place finish at the Summit League Championship. All-League athletes Nate Jewkes and John Hart will also compete at region, as well as Clinton Rhoton, Devan Antczak, Dallas Eborn, Ryan Barrus and Austin West.
Diana Medina-Mitchell will lead the women after also earning Championship MVP recognition at the Summit League Championship. She will be joined by fellow all-Summit League women Jamie Smith and Madalyn Jones, as well as Kaylee Coates, Danielle West, Ashley Gray, Steffi Minson and Armarose Bailey.
The women rank 10th in the coaches’ poll, which is led by Colorado, New Mexico and Texas Tech. Other notable ranked teams include BYU (4th), Weber State (6th), Idaho State (8th) and Northern Arizona (9th).
The meet will take place at the East Bay Golf course in Provo. The men’s 10k will begin at 11 a.m. and the women’s 6k will begin at 12:15 p.m. An award ceremony will follow at 1 p.m.