Wyoming's Hall Takes Individual Title At Wyoming Invitational

Sept. 1, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming's Hall Takes Individual Titleat Wyoming Invitational

Wyoming senior Joe Halloutdistanced the field at the Wyoming Invitational cross country meetheld at Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie, taking top honors in thefour-mile race. Hall, from Buffalo, Wyo., finished with a time of20:19, just ahead of teammate Greg Schabron (senior, Laramie, Wyo.) whoplaced second with a time of 20:45.

The Cowboys only ran with five athletes, with the remainder runningunattached. Unattached runners times don't count in the final teamresults. Other UW placers were junior Chris Jons (Lyman, Wyo.) in fifth(21:43), freshman Kyle Johnson (Riverton, Wyo.) in ninth (23:06) andfreshman Todd Dietmeyer (Springfield, Ore.) in 17th (26:55). ColoradoState won the men's team race (28 points), followed by the Cowboys (34)and Denver University (68).

"We expected Joe and Greg to run strong," said UW head cross countrycoach Jim Sanchez. "Joe ran a very fast race, especially up here in thisaltitude. We had a lot of pleasant surprises with some of the kids notrunning in the jersey (unattached) who will be in the jersey next week.

" Next week we'll probably start running with seven or nine guys tohave some depth and I think we're going to look a lot better." Sanchezsaid.

The women's race was won by Northern Colorado (37 points), followed byWyoming in second (63) and Denver University in third (89). CSU didn'tplace because they failed to finish the required number of runners (5).

CSU's Katie Yemm won the 4K race with a time of 14:10. The top Cowgirlfinisher was sophomore Kristy Murff (Gillette, Wyo.) who placed ninth(15:24). Sophomore Galena Ackerman (Laramie, Wyo.) placed 11th (15:29),sophomore Jennifer Vessa (Gillette, Wyo.) finished 12th (15:29),freshman Leslie Jackson (Big Piney, Wyo.) placed 14th (15:44), freshmanJennifer Mansell (Cheyenne, Wyo.) finished 17th (16:08), junior TaraLaMay (Laramie, Wyo.) finished 18th and sophomore Stephanie Hanks(Laramie, Wyo.) placed 22nd (17:06).

"Out of all our runners who competed today only two were on the teamlast season on the women's side." said Sanchez. "We ran somewhatconservative, we were working on a few concepts such as runningtogether. I don't know if we went out maybe a hair to slow but I thinkwe finished strong and we're more concerned about that rather thanbeating other teams right now." Sanchez said.

Both the men's and women's team travel to Fort Collins Saturday,September 9, for the Colorado State Invitational.