BYU runner Rohatinsky wins nationals

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (November 20, 2006) -- Senior Josh Rohatinsky earned his third All-America honor as he finished first overall in the men's 10K race at the NCAA National Championships held in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday.

"I looked back about halfway down the stretch and noticed that no one was behind me," said Rohatinsky. "It was at that point when I realized that no one was going to catch me."

"Josh had a phenomenal performance," said BYU head coach Ed Eyestone. "He was patient and spotted well. We've known all year long that he's an amazing athlete, so it's nice to see it materialize here."

Rohatinsky finished the race with a time of 30:45 followed by Chandler Goodwin (32:22), Kyle Perry (32:41), Jacob Gustafsson (32:42) and Brandon Hebbert (33:38).

"This race was icing on the cake for us," said Eyestone. "Our guys put forth a really strong effort. I'm proud of them."

BYU finished 11th overall. Colorado finished first with a total of 94 team points, while Wisconsin finished second with 142 points.

The women's team placed 22nd overall. Kassi Andersen ended the season strong by finishing sixth overall with a time of 20:54.

"She ran a marvelous race," said BYU head coach Patrick Shane. "She did everything I could have ever asked of her. I am very proud of her."

Included in the top five for the Cougars were Andersen, Amy Fowler, Amber Duffin, Anne Heiner and Whitney McDonald.

"Anytime you qualify for nationals you have to feel good," said Shane. "Especially when your athletes put it all on the line. The results at this meet do not reflect the kind of year we had. I feel good about our team's accomplishments this season."

Stanford (195) won on the women's side followed by Colorado (223).

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