WSU cross-country runners earn Big Sky honors

Weber State University cross-country athletes Amber Henry and John Coyle were named the Big Sky Conference Cross-Country Runners of the Week after their recent athletic performances.

Henry was given the women’s award, and Coyle was awarded the Co-Runner of the Week along with a runner from Northern Arizona University for the men’s award.

The WSU cross-country team participated in the Utah State Invitational in Logan earlier this month.

Henry finished first overall in the women’s five-kilometer race with a time of 17:14.13. She helped give the Wildcat women’s team the first-place title at the meet. Five of the top eight runners of the race came from WSU, and the team finished with a total of 26 points, as compared to the 76 points from second-place Utah Valley University.

Henry is returning to the WSU cross-country team this season after earning the title of 2011 Big Sky cross-country champion. The WSU women’s team is currently ranked 17th in the nation at the NCAA Division I level.

Coyle finished first in the men’s four-mile race with a time of 18:45.91. He and the WSU men’s team ended with a second-place finish behind first-place winner Brigham Young University at the invitational. WSU ended with 65 points, behind BYU’s 30 points.

The Wildcat women’s team enters the week ranked 17th in the nation in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross-Country poll, moving up two spots from its preseason ranking, and is ranked first in the Mountain region.

The next race for Henry, Coyle and the Wildcats will be held at BYU for the BYU invitational on Friday night.

The team is coming off a first-place finish in the Utah State Invitational two weeks ago in Logan. Henry captured individual honors in that meet.

The men’s team will also compete in the Montana State Invitational this Saturday. The men’s team took second at the Utah State Invitational. Following this weekend, the teams will only have two more meets before the Big Sky Championships.