BYU runner from Ecuador wins cross-country honors

Janeth Caizalitin of the Timpanogos 3rd (Spanish) Ward, Provo Utah Central Stake, won her third consecutive District 7 and WAC championships and then earned all-America honors for the second time during the recently concluded NCAA cross country season.

A native of Ecuador running for BYU, Janeth finished 14th overall to lead her team to a fourth-place finish in the national meet at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Her time of 17 minutes, 34 seconds, was only 43 seconds off the winning pace over the 5-kilometer course and was good enough for all-America status.The senior runner competed for Ecuador in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and is preparing for a possible return to the Olympics in Atlanta next summer.

Janeth made it three cross country WAC titles in a row on Oct. 28 at San Diego, Calif., with a time of 17:49. She was then selected by WAC coaches as conference cross country athlete of the year among the women.

She came back on Nov. 11 in Salt Lake City to win another district championship. Her time of 16:54 put her ahead of top-ranked University of Colorado's best runners.

Janeth, who was recruited by women's cross country coach Patrick Shane, joined the Church last March.