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The BYU women's cross country team finished third at Monday's NCAA Championships - its highest-ever finish - and had three runners earning All-America honors.

The Cougars tallied 136 points behind first place Stanford at 101 and Villanova at 106 in the perfect 70-degree weather at the hilly 5K Dell Urich Golf Course. Rounding out the top five were Colorado at 145 and Dartmouth, 211.BYU sophomore Courtney Pugmire repeated as an All-American in 12th place overall with a time of 18:00. Pugmire finished in ninth position when individual runners were displaced in team scoring and was two seconds out of 10th place overall.

"Our top four runners all had career days and ran their best race," said BYU coach Patrick Shane. "This is the first time we've had three All-Americans, and freshman Elizabeth Jackson was three places better than Courtney last year."

BYU's other All-Americans were Maggie Chan 18:11 in 22nd (16th in team scoring) and Elizabeth Jackson 18:17 in 27th (19th). Jackson, from Salt Lake City, was the third freshman among the 176 runners.

The medalist for the meet was Arizona sophomore Amy Skierez, who clocked 17:04 with a 5:24 mile pace compared to Pugmire's 5:41 pace.

Other BYU scores were Melissa Teemant 18:41 in 58th , Lynette Jorgensen 18:49 in 69th , Kim Nelson 19:21 at 116th and Becky Ward 19:33 at 126th .

Utah's Lauren Adams placed 84th at 18:59 and Johanna Trevinen was 95th at 19:04.

"I knew we were better than last year and we did all of the right things," said Shane, whose team won the Western Athletic Conference Championship for the seventh consecutive time last month. "We're excited to have done so well and improve on fourth on last year. With our top finishers being sophomore, sophomore, freshman, the future looks bright."

"We knew we had talent," Stanford coach Beth Alford-Sullivan said. "And what you need to win nationals is for all five to have a good, solid race."

The Stanford women were led by senior Monal Chokshi, who finished 10th (17:58).

Stanford also won the men's title, marking the first time since 1985 that one school took both crowns. The last team to win both titles was Wisconsin.

The Stanford men beat Arkansas, although the Razorbacks did have the individual champion.

Godfrey Siamusiye ran 29:49 over 6.2 miles to become the first back-to-back champion since Henry Rono of Washington State did it in 1976-77.

Siamusiye is undefeated in his last 20 races. He beat fellow Kenyan rivals Jonah Kiptarus and Cleophas Boor, both of the University of Nebraska.

Similarly, Skieresz has not been beaten this cross country season and was second at the NCAA championships last year.

Associated Press contributed to this report.