UW Harriers Have Strong Showing at Woody Greeno Invite

Sept. 17, 2005

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The Wyoming women's cross country team scored 177 points to finish fourth at the Woody Greeno Invitational on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb., while the men's team placed ninth scoring 305 points. The race consisted of schools at all collegiate levels throughout the region, intermixed with some professionals.

In her first race of the season, the Cowgirls were led by senior Tanice Barnett. The senior finished 14th on the 6000-meter course with a time of 22:34, while sophomore Gretchen Fagley fought back from a slow start to finish in 20th position and a time of 22:53. Junior Michelle Kvernmo was the next Cowgirl to cross the line in 26th place, just ten seconds behind Fagley with a time of 23:03. Coming in 61st of the 277 person field for the UW women was Emerald Reid posting a time of 23:59. Freshman Lauren Furtney followed with a 79th place time of 24:16. Junior Maggie Diller (25:00) and Senior Amber Barlow (25:35) rounded out the rest of team finishes placing 112th and 151st.

"I thought our women ran a very solid race against a strong field of runners," said UW head coach Randy Cole. "Our top three runners especially ran well today."

The Cowboys welcomed junior Philemon Tanui for his debut on Saturday on the 8000-meter course. The junior transfer from Moi University in Kenya came up big with a fourth place finish of the 319 competitors and a time of 25:13. Senior Ragan Driver finished in 45th position with a time of 26:44, and freshman Brett Schuler's time of 27:08 was good for 71st place. Next for the Pokes was freshman Shadrack Too's 83rd place time of 27:17, while junior Nick Cramer ran a time of 28:13 that proved good enough for 155th place. Freshman Eric Love wrapped up the Cowboy field with his 207th place time of 29:07.

"All the men ran strong races today," said Cole. "Philemon ran a race that shows that he could be among the best in the Mountain Region."

Up next for the Wyoming cross country teams will be the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on September 30.