LARAMIE, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming cross country team travels to Logan, Utah on Friday to compete at the NCAA Mountain Regional. Hosted by fellow Mountain West member Utah State, the regional meet will be held at the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course and is slated to begin at 11 a.m. MT Friday with the women’s 6K championship race. The men’s 10K championship race will follow at noon.
The Cowboys are currently ranked 11th in the Mountain region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Northern Arizona, who walked away from the Big Sky Championships with an easy win after sweeping the top six spots at the meet, holds the top rank in the region and is also ranked No. 1 in the nation by the USTFCCCA. Interestingly, BYU is ranked second in the region and third in the nation entering the regional meet while Colorado is ranked third in the region and second in the nation. The Cowboys will also take on No. 15 UTEP, No. 19 Colorado State and No. 24 Southern Utah in what is possibly the most talented regional field in the nation.
The Cowgirls are ranked ninth in the Mountain region after finishing fifth as a team at the MW Championships. Led by All-Mountain West second team honoree Lauren Hamilton, the Brown and Gold will take on a challenging field in Logan that includes both the region and nation’s top-ranked team, Colorado. After winning its ninth straight Mountain West team title on Oct. 28, No. 6 New Mexico, the region’s second-ranked team, will compete in Logan as well. Other nationally ranked teams in the field include No. T-18 BYU, No. 20 Utah and No. T-29 Air Force.
The top two teams in each region will advance to the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 19, while 13 at-large bids will also be awarded. An additional 38 runners per gender will be awarded individual automatic berths to the national championship meet, with four runners per region earning automatic bids as long as they finish in the region’s top 25. Two remaining individuals per gender will receive at-large bids to round out the national championship field.