Wyoming Cross Country Teams Run at CSU Invitational

Sept. 11, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming women's cross country team had a solid showing today at the Colorado State Invitational with a second place finish. Colorado State captured the team title in the six-team field finishing with 25 points. UW placed second (46 points) well ahead of the third place finisher Western State College (70 points). University of Northern Colorado (119 points), Colorado College (155 points), and Cloud County Community College (218 points) rounded out the rest of the field.

The Cowgirls were lead again by Cheyenne, Wyo. native Jennifer Thompson. The senior posted a fourth place finish overall and a time of 24:01 on the 4.1 mile course. Teammate Gretchen Fagley of Sheridan, Wyo., was not far behead placing sixth with a time of 24:22. While these two were out front, a pack of Cowgirls were able to fight to a strong finish. Of the twelve Cowgirls who competed, seven of them finished in the top twenty. The others included Brooklyn Grimes of Bakersfield, Ca., Emerald Reid and Natalie Kean of Cheyenne, Wyo., Michelle Kvernmo of Hookstown, Pa., and Gladys Jerotich of Eldoret, Kenya.

"We ran steady as a team," said UW head cross country coach Randy Cole. "I thought we worked the course better during the second part of the race. Colorado State started stronger than we did, but I was very pleased with how the girls competed during the second half of the race."

"Jennifer (Thompson) and Gretchen (Fagley) both ran a solid race. Brooklyn Grimes competed very hard for her first ever race as a Cowgirl. We need to just keep training solid and get our middle pack of girls to move up in the standings."

In the men's competition, Wyoming's top finisher was junior Brian Harnisch of Colorado Springs, Colo., who finished 12th in the field of 80 runners. Harnisch posted a time of 26:53, while junior Matt Hudson of Signal Mountain, Tenn., was the next Cowboy to cross the finish line placing 22nd with a time of 27:57.

The Cowboys would finish third in the five-team field with 110 points. Western State College won the men's team competition, scoring 18 points. Colorado State finished second (48 points), and Colorado College (165 points) and Cloud County Community College (216 points) would place fourth and fifth.

"This was real cross country terrain," added Cole. "Brian (Harnisch) had a very good performance for us today and everyone else ran steady."

UW's men's and women's cross country teams will have some time to fine tune with their next competition not until Saturday, Oct. 2nd in Boulder, Colo., for the Rocky Mountain Shootout.