Hall Paces Wyoming Cross Country Team At CSU Open

Sept. 9, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

For the second consecutive week,Cowboy senior Joe Hall ran a strong race to lead the University ofWyoming cross country team at the Colorado State University Open.

Hall placed second in the eight-kilometer course, held at theCollindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo., with a time of 25:23.1,just two seconds behind Utah's Teren Jameson. As a team, Wyoming's menfinished fifth in the seven team field with 119 points. Western StateCollege won with 27 points. Four other Mountain West Conference schoolscompeted at the CSU Open, with host Colorado State placing second (61),Utah in third (71), Air Force placing fourth (98) and New Mexico insixth (140).

Senior Greg Schabron was the only other Cowboy to place in the toptwenty, placing 14th (26:15.8). Junior Chris Jons placed 24th(26:43.4), sophomore Cody Brown finished 39th (28:08.6), freshman KyleJohnson finished 40th (28:17.6) and freshman Nick Schabron placed 43rd(29:41.3).

"Other than Joe Hall, who ran an outstanding race, we ran just fair,"said UW head cross country coach Jim Sanchez. "We're starting to putthings together though. Obviously when we look at some of the otherprograms we have a long way to go, but we now know where we stand in theconference and we can work on trying to close the gap." Sanchez said.

CSU won the women's six-kilometer course with a team score of 25points. Wyoming placed sixth with 148 points. Utah placed third (107),Air Force finished fourth (109) and New Mexico placed fifth (117).

The Cowgirls were paced by a pair of sophomores from Gillette, Wyo.Jennifer Vessa was the top UW finisher with a time of 23:20.9, goodenough for a 20th place finish. Teammate Kritsy Murff placed 23rd with atime of 23:33.6. Other Cowgirl competitors were freshman Leslie Jacksonin 31st (24:05.4), junior Tara LaMay in 35th (24:42.8), Stephanie Hanksin 39th (25:09.1) and freshman Marria Latchininsky in 46th (28:28.9).

"We did what about we expected on the women's side," Sanchez said."Galena Ackerman was hurt and did not compete and without her thatprobably cost us a team place.

"We ran fair but like the men we have now established a pecking orderin the conference right and we know where we stand. We have a lot ofwork to do but at the same time we did get some positive things done."Sanchez said.

The following are the Wyoming individual results from the CSU Open:

MEN (8K)                       WOMEN (6K)

Joe Hall (2nd) 25:23.1 Jennifer Vessa (20th) 23:20.9Greg Schabron (14th) 26:15.8 Kristy Murff (23rd) 23:33.6Chris Jons (24th) 26:43.4 Leslie Jackson (31st) 24:05.4Cody Brown (39th) 28:08.6 Tara LaMay (35th) 24:42.8Kyle Johnson (40th) 28:17.6 Stephanie Hanks (39th) 25:09.1Nick Schabron (43rd) 29:41.3 Marrina Latchininsky (46th) 28:28.9