Sept. 1, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming cross country teams began their 2006 season Friday evening at Jacoby Golf Course by hosting the Wyoming Invitational. The Cowgirls finished third, while the Cowboys placed second.
On the women's side, Colorado State took home the meet title for the second year in a row with 47 points on the 2.5 mile course. They were followed by Colorado-Colorado Springs (50 points), Wyoming (58 points), Air Force (82 points), Northern Colorado (114 points), and Metro State with (128 points).
"Everyone competed well. Some people came into the season with a little bit better fitness level than others and we just have to shore up that part of it. But we showed a real competitive drive today and that is what you want", said UW head coach Randy Cole, "You have to have that and then we can work on getting in better shape, and closing the gaps".
Freshman Emily Higgins led the way for the Cowgirls with her third place finish and a time of 15:06. Not far behind was junior Gretchen Johnson (Fagley) in fourth place with a time of 15:07. Freshman Brenna Dooley also had a good showing in her first action at the collegiate level. Her time of 15:14 proved good enough for fifth place. Senior Tanya Kienlen (15:47) finished in 14th place, while freshman Erin Heffron (16:50) ended up in 32nd.
As for the men's competition, Air Force won the meet finishing with 20 points, while Wyoming finished second with 63 points. They were followed by Colorado State (81 points), Metro State (98 points), Colorado-Colorado Springs (112 points), and Northern Colorado (153 points).
The Pokes were led by senior Philemon Tanui with his third place finish time of 22:19 on the 4.25 mile course. Junior Michael Huntington finished in fifth place with a time of 22:24, while senior Chris Schabron (23:05) and sophomore Shadrack Too (23:17) finished in 15th and 18th. Sophomore Brett Schuler (23:25) crossed the line in 22nd.
Cole went on to say, "Our leaders will be heard from quite a bit in the future, but we just have to bring everyone else up. Cross country is not just who your front runners are, but who emerges as the No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 runners are, and that is what we are going to work on".
The UW cross country teams will compete again when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Woody Greeno Invitational on September 16.