Cowgirls Fifth, Cowboys Sixth in MW Midseason Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Wyoming Cowgirls are ranked fifth and the Cowboys sixth in the Mountain West Cross Country Midseason Coaches’ Poll, the conference announced Wednesday. While the Cowgirls remained in the same position as their ranking from the MW preseason poll, the Cowboys moved down one spot from their fifth-place preseason ranking.

The Cowgirls collected 63 points in the poll to find themselves in the upper half of the rankings, just five points behind fourth-place Air Force. New Mexico received nine first-place votes in the midseason poll, remaining the favorite to win the team conference title. Boise State received two first-place votes for a  second-place selection, while Colorado State was third. 

Junior Lauren Hamilton has finished as the top Cowgirl at two straight meets, leading the Cowgirls to a third-place finish at the MSU-Bozeman Running Company Invitational and a 17th-place effort at the Roy Griak Invitational. True freshman Kacey Doner has come up big for the Brown and Gold as well, starting the season with two top-20 finishes while finishing inside the top 100 in the 350-athlete field at the Roy Griak Invitational.

The Cowboys earned 21 points in the midseason poll of Mountain West coaches, just two points behind fifth-place Utah State. Colorado State remained the favorite to win the conference championship, receiving five first-place votes, while Boise State was selected second after earning three first-place votes. Air Force and New Mexico rounded out the top four. 

Junior Jonah Henry has served as the team leader for the Cowboys, finishing as the top runner for the Brown and Gold in two 2016 meets. True freshman Harry Ewing had a breakout performance at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational, finishing 45th overall and eighth among freshmen in the field of 275 athletes from around the nation. 

The Cowgirls will next compete in University Park, Penn., at the Penn State Open on Oct. 14, while the Cowboys will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to compete at Pre-Nationals the following day. The 2016 Mountain West Cross Country Championships will follow on Oct. 28 in Kuna, Idaho at the Falcon Crest Golf Club.

“We’re in the middle of the year and I really like where both teams are at in their training,” head coach Bryan Berryhill said. “This is our last chance to get a race in before the conference meet, so they are important races for us to go out there and show what our training’s been doing.”

Follow @wyo_track on Twitter for additional updates about UW cross country. Find the full 2016 Mountain West Cross Country Midseason Coaches’ Poll below.

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Rank & Team (FPV) Points
1. Colorado State (5) 47
2. Boise State (3)         44
3. Air Force (2) 38
4. New Mexico 29
5. Utah State         23
6. Wyoming         21
7. San José State         13
8. Fresno State   9

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Rank & Team (FPV) Points
1. New Mexico (9)        99
2. Boise State (2)         92
3. Colorado State         79
4. Air Force         68
5. Wyoming         63
6. Utah State         62
7. Nevada         47
8. San José State         35
9. Fresno State 24
T10. San Diego State 18
T10. UNLV         18