Wyoming Cross Country Teams Begin 2002 Season

Sept. 6, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming crosscountry teams opened up their 2002 season at home Friday hosting the WyomingOpen Cross Country Meet at Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie.

Colorado State's men and women took the team titles as both teams placingfour members in the top five positions. CSU's Mike Nicks won the men's4-mile race with a time of 21:42. Fellow teammate Jennifer Kintzley of CSUwon the women's 4-kilometer race with a time of 15:03.

The Cowboys placed four runners in the top 20 spots. Freshman Brian Knightled the Cowboys with an 8th place finish with a time of 22:33 followed byfreshman Troy Hernandez (12th, 22:57), freshman Brian Harnisch (16th,23:12), and sophomore Amasa Mecham (17th, 23:15). Other Cowboy finisherswere junior Joel Hess (30th, 24:19), freshman Mark Pieper (37th, 24:34), andfreshman Chris Schabron (39th, 24:37) As a team the Cowboys finished 3rdout of five teams with 61 points.

Wyoming's women finished 3rd out of six teams with 68 points. The Cowgirlswere paced by sophomore Ashley Mecham who placed 11th with a time of 15:56.Other Cowgirl finishers were sophomore Natalie Kean (13th, 16:02), sophomoreJennifer Thompson (19th, 16:26), freshman Elena Helmerick (23rd, 16:40),freshman Kristen Brauneis (31st, 16:54), freshman Emerald Reid (32nd,16:55), sophomore Marina Latchininsky (46th, 18:01), freshman Amber Barlow(51st, 18:43), freshman Meridith Furtney (53rd, 18:51), and sophomore AmyCurkendall (57th, 19:41).

"As early as it is in the season it is too early to start comparingourselves against other teams," said Wyoming head cross country coach JimSanchez. "Right know we are not concerned with the times because of howdifferent each course is, so the only thing we are worried about is gettingthese kids ready for courses more difficult than Jacoby."

Wyoming next competes September 14th, at the Colorado State Open in FortCollins, Colo.