The cross country teams each took fourth place in their respective Mountain West Conference championship race this weekend. There were nine teams in the women’s race and six teams in the men’s race.
The CSU women, who were picked to win the league at the start of the year, were led once again by redshirt freshman Ellie Rastall, who finished the 6-kilometer race in just under 22 minutes, good for tenth overall.
Rastall was named second team all-MWC for her efforts, and was the only Ram to make the all-MWC team. Last year had four runners on either the first or second all-MWC teams.
The women finished as a team with 121 points. First place New Mexico ended up with 31 points.
The men did not have the same expectations, but still did not perform to the level that they set out for when the season started. Junior Jeremy Freed ran the 8-kilometer race in just under 22 minutes, finishing in 15th place. BYU won the conference for the ninth year in a row with 36 points.
Both teams will have one more chance to prove themselves in the Mountain Region championships in Fort Collins on Nov. 15.
Cross country beat writer Scott Callahan can be reached at email@example.com.