For the second time in three years, the BYU women's cross country team ran away with the national title. Just one year after being edged by Villanova, the Cougars placed three runners in the top 20 to score an impressive 53-point victory.
With the win, BYU solidified its position as one of the premiere women's cross country programs in the nation. A year before, the BYU women won every race they ran except the national championship. In 1999, head coach Patrick Shane orchestrated a system of running and resting that produced a team that peaked at just the right time.
Shane received the first-ever Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year award, and senior Elizabeth Jackson was named MWC Athlete of the Year. Sarah Ellett took Freshman of the Year honors. Jackson, Laura Heiner, Sharolyn Shields, Tara Rohatinksy and Kara Ormond were All-Americans.