Oct 022007
Authors: Anica Wong

After a strong showing this past weekend at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Oregon, the women’s cross country team has moved up the national rankings from 21st to 14th.

With this new ranking, the Rams were also able to pass BYU, who also moved up.

“It gives them a lot of confidence,” coach Bryan Berryhill said of his women’s team.

He attributes the team’s success to their consistency.

“They are a very consistent group,” Berryhill said. “They are very, very consistent with everything in their lives.”

Besides the consistency, the team also has good leadership in front and has talented runners behind those front-runners.

April Thomas is one of the leaders on the women’s team and was named this week’s Mountain West Conference cross-country athlete of the week on Tuesday.

“I think it is awesome,” Thomas said.

But she is more excited for the new ranking, which reflects how well her whole team has done.

“The ranking is what I was looking forward to seeing,” she said.

At the beginning of the season, the women’s team goal was to be in the top 15 in the nation.

“I guess we should change our goal,” Thomas said.

Cross country beat reporter Anica Wong can be reached at sports@collegian.com

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