Sept. 2, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming cross country teams began their 2005 season Friday evening at Jacoby Golf Course with the Wyoming Invitational. The Cowgirls finished third, while the Cowboys placed fifth.
On the women's side, Colorado State took home the meet title with 23 points on the 2.5 mile course. They were followed by Colorado-Colorado Springs (49 points), Air Force (83 points), Wyoming (96 points), Northern Colorado (133 points), and Carleton College (144 points).
Junior Michelle Kvernmo led the way for the Cowgirls with her ninth place finish and a time of 15:27.7. Not far behind was sophomore Gretchen Fagley in 12th place with a time of 15:41.4. Freshman Lauren Furtney had a good showing in her first action at the collegiate level. Her time of 16:26.10 proved good enough for 24th place in the field of 68 women competing. Seniors Emerald Reid (16:47.2) and Amber Barlow (17:13.9) followed in 33rd and 41st place, while junior Maggie Diller (17:22.0) ended up in 43rd.
As for the men's competition, Colorado State won the meet by finishing with 29 points, just ahead of Air Force with 39 points. They were followed by Iowa State (86 points), Colorado-Colorado Springs (94 points), and Wyoming (111 points).
The Pokes were led by freshman Shadrack Too with his 19th place finish time of 23:11.64 on the 4.25 mile course. Senior Ragan Driver's time of 23:17.30 finished just ahead of freshman Brett Schuler's 23:19.58 time for 24th and 25th places. Freshman Matthew Heller crossed the line in 31st of the 66 men competing, turning in a time of 23:38.45. Juniors Chris Schabron and Nick Cramer rounded out the Pokes line-up as they finished in 41st (24:09.41) and 47th (24:27.9) respectively.
"I thought the men came out strong and finished the last half of the race strong as well," added Cole. "We just need to keep getting better because I do believe we have some ability on the men's side."
The UW cross country teams will compete next when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Woody Greeno Invitational on September 17.