Air Force Men and New Mexico Women Claim Team Titles at MW Cross Country Championships
Reno, Nev. – The Air Force men and the New Mexico women captured the 2015 Mountain West Cross Country Championships, hosted by Nevada, Friday morning from Montreux Golf Club. It marks the Falcons first team title since 2003 and the eighth straight for the Lobos.
On the men’s side, Colorado State’s Jerrell Mock led the entire way on the 8k course to claim the individual crown. Mock posted a time of 26:16.26 on the up and down terrain at Montreux and crossed the line 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Patrick Corona of Air Force. He is the Rams’ first individual winner since Bryan Berryhill notched the top spot in the 2000 championship.
The Falcons placed three runners in the top-10, including the second and third-place finishers. Colorado State took second place in the team standings with three runners in the top-10 and finished just four points behind the champion Falcons. Boise State, Wyoming and six-time defending champion New Mexico rounded out the top-five team finishes on the men’s side.
In the women’s 6k race, the nation’s top runner, freshman Allie Ostrander of Boise State, captured the individual title by 16 seconds after clocking in at 21:49.97. Ostrander is the third consecutive individual winner for Boise State after Emma Bates has been crowned the last two seasons.
New Mexico was able to notch its eighth straight championship after placing six runners in the top-10, including the runner-up finisher Courtney Frerichs (22:05.19). Along with Boise State, Air Force and Colorado State also placed runners in the top-10 individually.
The Lobos’ total score of 24 points, ties their lowest point total in the Mountain West Championships (2009). Boise State, which registered 71 points, took home second place team honors, Air Force captured third, and Colorado State and Wyoming completed the top-five on the women’s side.
Men’s Team Scores: 1. Air Force 49, 2. Colorado State 53, 3. Boise State 56, 4. Wyoming 89, 5. New Mexico 120, 6. San José State 159, 7.Fresno State 205, 8. Utah State 220
Mountain West Men’s Student-Athlete of the Year: Jerrell Mock, Colorado State
Mountain West Men’s Coach of the Year: Ryan Cole, Air Force
Mountain West Men’s Freshman of the Year: Elijah Armstrong, Boise State
Women’s Team Scores: 1. New Mexico 24, 2. Boise State 71, 3. Air Force 98, 4.Colorado State 106, 5. Wyoming 129, 6. Utah State 144, 7. Nevada 149, 8. San José State 218, 9. San Diego State 267, 10. UNLV 299, 11. Fresno State 312
Mountain West Women’s Student-Athlete of the Year: Allie Ostrander, Fr., Boise State
Mountain West Women’s Coach of the Year: Joe Franklin, New Mexico
Mountain West Women’s Freshman of the Year: Allie Ostrander, Fr., Boise State