Utah State’s Dillon Maggard cruised to the third cross-country All-America honor and second men’s All-America honor in school history at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country National Championships on Saturday.
The junior from Kirkland, Washington, garnered All-American honors and was the Mountain West’s top finisher, placing 12th with a time of 30:03.9 in the men’s 10-kilometer race.
“Dillon is a great talent,” Utah State head cross-country coach Gregg Gensel said. “I’ve always said that when there’s someone with talent and great work ethic that these are going to be the results. Dillon turned his life around a year ago. He said ‘I’m going to dedicate my life to running well and doing well in school,’ and it’s paid off.”
According to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the modern criteria to earn All-America accolades is to finish in the top 40 at nationals.
Maggard is the second Aggie cross-country runner to garner All-America accolades on the men’s side as Trever Ball (2005) was the first to receive the honor, finishing 29th among Americans. Maggard posted the best-ever Aggie finish at nationals and is also the third Aggie cross-country runner to receive All-America honors as Alisa Nicodemus (1992) was the first USU cross-country athlete to earn that honor, placing 14th.
Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.