Wyoming Cross Country Teams Compete at Colorado State Open Meet

Sept. 10, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men's andwomen's cross country teams ran in their second meet of the 2001 seasonSaturday, Sept. 8, at the Colorado State Open in Fort Collins, Colo.

The Cowboys, competing against two of the top teams in Division II andthe top two teams in the Mountain West Conference, placed sixth out ofnine teams with 180 points. Western State College won the team titlewith 29 points followed by Colorado State in second (36) and Air Forcein third (77).

Wyoming's women placed fifth out of nine teams with 182 points. CSUwon the team race with 34 points followed by Western State in second(37) and Adams State in third (72).

Individually the top finisher for both Wyoming teams was freshmanJennifer Thompson who placed 30th with a time of 24:08.5 on the6-kilometer course. Finishing right on Thompson's heels was UW freshmanAshley Mecham who placed 31st with a time of 24:21.2. The remainder ofthe finishers for the Cowgirls were Jennifer Mansell (37th), ShannonGeslin (41st), Stephanie Hanks (43rd), Leslie Howe (44th) and LeslieHayman (57th).

The Cowboys were paced by sophomore Justin Lambert-Belanger who placed27th with a time of 26:45.1 on the 8-kilometer course. Freshman ShaneShatto was the next placer for the Pokes, with a 35th-place showing.Other finishers for UW were Nick Schabron (38th), Arte Huhn (39th),Chris Jons (41st), Kyle Johnson (42nd) and Jason Delaney (46th).

CSU's Jennifer Kintzley won the women's individual title with a time of21:16.20 and Western State's Michael Aish won the men's race with a timeof 25:07.9.

"We drastically improved from the week before," Said UW head crosscountry coach Jim Sanchez. "We looked more like a team on both sides,our packing was pretty good and we ran more together and I was pleasedwith that. We just need to start moving our whole pack up to the frontand that will take some time."

The Cowgirls will travel to Denver, Colo. Saturday, Sept. 15, tocompete in the Peder Pytte Invitational. The men won't compete untilSept. 29, when they travel to Las Vegas, Nev., when they run in the UNLVInvitational.