Lynch named UVU's first WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Jason Lynch

Sep 3, 2013

DENVER – Utah Valley’s Jason Lynch and Idaho’s Halie Raudenbush have been named the Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s Cross Country Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Aug. 26 - Sept. 1.

Lynch, a sophomore from Sandy, Utah (Hillcrest HS), recorded a career-best finish after placing second at the Utah State Invitational in Logan, Utah. In his first competition since 2009 (redshirt and LDS Mission), Lynch turned in a time of 20:55.92 on the four-mile course finishing just off of the lead pace.

In 2009, Lynch was named the Great West Conference Newcomer of the Year and first-team All-Conference after helping UVU to a conference title. Now, in its first competition as members of the Western Athletic Conference, Lynch become's the Cross Country program's first weekly award winner in the WAC.

Raudenbush, a sophomore from Boise, Idaho (Timberline HS), placed first overall on Saturday at the Clash of the Inland Northwest to lead the way for the Vandal women. Her time of 14:20.00 was eight seconds ahead of the second-place finisher and helped her claim victory over the 104 entered runners.