LOGAN, Utah – The University of Wyoming men’s and women’s cross country teams each finished 11th in the team standings at the NCAA Mountain Regional in Logan, Utah, on Friday. Jonah Henry and Lauren Hamilton led the way for the Brown and Gold as the Cowboys and Cowgirls each competed against a bevy of talented teams at the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course. 17 teams competed on the men’s side, while 20 women’s squads ran on the women’s side.
Head coach Bryan Berryhill reflected on the careers of his seniors after the race. “I would like to thank our seniors that ran today (Audra DeStefano, Megan Brunette and Mike Seas) for their hard work and dedication to this program. They helped move the program forward and left us with a very solid foundation for which to build on in the future.”
Hamilton capped her brilliant junior season with yet another team-leading performance for the Cowgirls, taking 33rd in a field of 135 athletes in the women’s 6K race. Hamilton clocked in at 21:10.1, securing her fifth straight team-leading performance. DeStefano placed 39th at her final regional meet, posting a time of 21:15.3. Junior Kerry White was next in 48th, recording a time of 21:28.0, while Brunette crossed the finish line in 21:43.2 to take 61st. Sophomore Isabella Pape cracked the Cowgirls’ top five for the first time this season, posting a time of 22:17.2 to take 83rd.
Jonah Henry led the Cowboys for the fifth time in six races during his junior season, clocking a time of 31:57.9 for 41st as the Wyoming men competed in their first 10K of the year. His younger brother, true freshman Christopher Henry, again showed steady improvement by finishing as the Cowboys’ No. 2 runner on the day. He clocked a time of 32:39.9, taking 65th overall in the field of 113 runners. It was his highest finish in the Cowboy lineup during his young career.
The next three Cowboys all finished under 20 seconds behind the younger of the Henry brothers, securing a pack split of under one minute for the squad. Seas continued to be a model of consistency, taking third in the lineup with a 69th-place finish at 32:48.30. Sophomore Ricky Faure and freshman Harry Ewing finished back-to-back, taking 71st and 72nd, respectively, with times of 32:54.5 and 32:56.1.
On the women’s side, pre-race favorite Colorado took top honors while Mountain West champion New Mexico earned the other automatic bid to the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish. Air Force, BYU and Utah rounded out the top five teams, while Mountain West individual champion Alice Wright of New Mexico was the top individual finisher.
Top-ranked Northern Arizona walked away with the regional win on the men’s side, with star runner Futsum Zienasellassie taking first place overall. Colorado, BYU, Colorado State and UTEP rounded out the top five men’s teams. Northern Arizona and Colorado earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, while other teams will await the official word from the NCAA on at-large berths.
The 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place on Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind., with Indiana State University as the meet host.