Aug. 29, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The cross country season got underway with two second place finishes for the University of Wyoming men's and women's teams at the Wyoming Invitational at beautiful Jacoby Golf Course, Friday Aug., 29th.
Wyoming senior, and two-time All-American Mark Korir, led the charge for the Pokes as he won his first meet of this early season. Korir, the reigning champion, ran a time of 21:45 in the 6.8k race just two seconds off his course record he set last year. He was followed closely by fellow senior Michael Huntington with a time of 22:03. The two Cowboys ran strongly together most of the way till Korir kicked it into overdrive over the last half of the course.
"Both Mark (Korir) and Michael (Huntington) ran smart, clean races," said head coach Randy Cole. "They ran within themselves and Mark showed today that he will be tough to beat throughout the year. As for Michael, he ran one of the best races in his extensive career here at UW."
"If our men can continue the pack they had going through the first half of the race we will have a very strong team," continued Cole.
Junior Emily Higgins was the leader for the Cowgirls as she blazed through the fairways of the Jacoby Golf Course to a second place finish and a time of 15:07. Higgins ran most of the race in second place but could not catch Colorado State freshman, Ellie Rastall who ran a time of 14:49. Two sophomore Cowgirls finished behind Higgins, in Alysha Davis and Emily Byra with their seventh and 11th place finishes respectively.
"Emily (Higgins) had a very strong race and looked good throughout but it just wasn't enough for her to catch Rastall of CSU," said Cole. "Alysha Davis and Emily Byra are way ahead of where they were last year and are going to be two very strong runners for us down the road. We have a few runners that will close that gap as the season progresses and I am excited for this team come conference."
Both the Cowboy and Cowgirl teams took second place behind Colorado State in the team standings.
Up next for the harriers of Wyoming will be the Montana State Invitational in Bozeman, Mont., on Saturday, September 20th.
"This will be a nice block of training for the next three weeks as we prepare to take on some very good teams that we don't usually get to see until Regionals," finished Cole.