Cowboy Cross Country Takes Second Place In Loaded Field

Sept. 17, 2011

LINCOLN, Neb. -

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Greg Miller and Brooke Hughes set the tone for the Wyoming cross country teams Saturday in the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.

Miller set the Wyoming record for fastest time on Pioneers Park Course, and Hughes was among the best in school history for her efforts.

As a team, the Cowgirls finished fourth out of 25 teams in the field, and junior Brooke Hughes finished ninth overall to pace the Cowgirls with a time of 21 minutes, 48.2 seconds in the 6,000-meter race. She was followed by Abi Bever, who was 15th overall with a time of 22:12.6.

"We had a really good performance by Brooke Hughes, who was ninth in a really quality field. Her performance was probably one of the top two or three by a Wyoming athlete on this course ever," Wyoming coach Randy Cole said. "Abi Bever came charging and moving up during the race and was 15th overall."

The next finisher for the UW women was Andrea Klimowski, who was 46th, 23:12.8. Emily Swigart followed in 47th, 23:14.4; Jessica Lemaster was 60th, 23:30.7; and Devon England was 62nd, 23:33.1.

Danielle Grossman crossed the line in 66th with a time of 23:38.6; while McKynzie Maher was next, crossing the line in 81st with a time of 23:55. Felicia McAfee was 84th with a time of 23:59; Chelsea O'Brien was 115th, 24:35.1; and Kirsten McKen was 131st, 24:54.1;

"We had a big gap between our next scorers," Cole said. "We'd like to be more competitive, so those girls will have to keep raising their game up. They ran steady."

On the men's side, the Cowboys placed second to Air Force out of 26 schools, while Greg Miller was second overall in his second event this season. Miller's time of 24 minutes, 23.9 seconds was the fastest time in Wyoming history and seventh-fastest mark on the Pioneers Park Course event in the 8-kilometer race. Air Force's Jim Walmsley finished first with a time of 24:15.3.

"He went out and moved up but couldn't quite catch Jim," Cole said of Miller. "He ran a good race."

Sophomore Garrett Zans improved over last year's mark, and was sixth overall with a time of 24:52.3. He improved by nearly 30 seconds over his mark last year. Michael Banks was 12th (25:25.9) and Nick Ekel was 13th overall (25:26.6).

"He got up there and moved up well. He charged up pretty hard," Cole said of Zans' performance. "Mike Banks and Nick Ekel also ran steady."

Nik Deininger finished 62nd, with a time of 26:40.4, to round out the scoring for Wyoming. Tyler Gifford was 74th, (26:52.7), Ashton Hebert was 85th, (27:04.2), and Ryan Griesbach was 126th with a time of 27:37.8.

"There were 305 guys in the race and we need to get our fifth runner to emerge," Cole said. "They're working and getting better.

"It was a good team placing by both squads. We've got a lot of room for improvement but we do have some really good front-runners."

Wyoming will compete in the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, Colo., on Oct. 1.