Fletcher posts 8-K PR to pace BYU cross country in Seattle

October 3, 2015

Aaron Fletcher running

Aaron Fletcher

It was the toughest test of the season for the BYU men’s cross country team and Aaron Fletcher of Anchorage passed with flying colors.

The senior standout posted the fastest 8-K time of his college career and led the Cougars to a third-place finish in a fantastic field that featured four nationally ranked teams.

Fletcher outsprinted runners from Oregon and Stanford to place sixth out of 106 finishers in the 8-K race in 23 minutes, 27 seconds at the University of Washington Invitational in Seattle.

It was his third consecutive top-6 finish this fall.

Two-time defending NCAA champion Edward Cheserek won in 23:15.

Fletcher, of South High fame, was the top runner for BYU, ranked 21st in the country. The Cougars placed three runners in the top 10 and went neck-to-neck with No. 2 Stanford.

Oregon won with 52 points followed by Stanford [69] and BYU [70], UCLA [117] and Air Force [136].

“I think it gave some confidence to our top three who were mixing it up with other guys who have been All-Americans in the past, BYU coach Ed Eyestone told the school’s website.

“I think it gave them confidence that they could do that in the future.”

Fletcher has posted five straight top-10 finishes dating back to last season.