COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West announced Tuesday that it had named Wyoming junior Jonah Henry its Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week. Henry placed third overall and first among Division I competitors at the MSU-Bozeman Running Company Invitational on Saturday, clocking 24:36.07 for the 5-mile race. He is Wyoming’s first recipient of a MW Cross Country Athlete of the Week accolade since Holly Page and Amos Bowen each received the honor on Sept. 23, 2014.
Following the graduation of Bowen and fellow 2015 All-Region honoree Aaron Derner, Henry has a new role for the Cowboys. “He has definitely moved up into that leadership role,” said UW cross country assistant coach Amanda Clower. “Through the summer, he was the go-to guy for getting the team together for training. He works hard every day at practice.”
Henry’s hard work has certainly shown during the first two meets of 2016, as he has finished in the top 20 both times. Dating back to the end of the 2015 campaign, Henry has recorded four straight top-30 finishes. The third-place finish in Bozeman was the highest of his career, while his time was about 25 seconds faster than any Cowboy time from UW’s last appearance at Montana State in 2014.
Henry has become the leader of a strong core of UW runners that have shown tremendous consistency so far in 2016. Mike Seas and Ricky Faure have each joined Henry in the top 25 in both 2016 meets. Freshman Harry Ewing joined the trio in the top 10 Division I finishers at Montana State, giving Wyoming more top-10 finishers than any other Division I school at the meet.
The Brown and Gold will travel to Falcon Heights, Minn., for the 31st annual Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24 to face a tough field of national competition. Live streaming of the men’s and women’s races is available via a paid subscription to FloTrack.