Sept. 20, 2008
BOZEMAN, Mont. -
The University of Wyoming cross country teams went two-for-two in individual champions on Saturday at the Montana State Invitational in Bozeman, Mont. Senior Cowboy Mark Korir and junior Cowgirl Emily Higgins both crossed the tape in first place and led their respective teams to two third-place finishes.
Korir won his second meet of the year and his second straight Montana State Invite. He ran a 24:28 in the 5-mile race, just 14 seconds off of his course record he set in 2007.
Higgins, who is coming off a second place finish at last month's Wyoming Invitational, won her first meet of her already very successful career. She ran a 17:13, four seconds faster than that of unattached runner Elisabeth Driscoll.
"What can you say about Mark, he ran his race and continues to have success on the cross country course. He ran very well," said UW head coach Randy Cole. "Emily ran extremely well, it's nice to see all her hard work finally starting to pay off. She was in 12th-place after the first mile, then fourth-place after two-miles, then first after three. She was not going to be denied today."
For the Pokes, fellow senior Michael Huntington followed Korir for most of the way and finished in third place, his second top-five finish in as many races. Sophomore Seth Grossman finished next in 12th-place and a time of 25:13. Red-shirt freshman Greg Miller placed 18th and senior Brett Schuler finished in 21st with times of 25:26 and 25:30 respectively.
"We are getting some nice packs of guys running together and they did a good job of pacing themselves and moving up the field together," said Cole.
As for the Cowgirls, the sophomore combo of Alysha Davis and Emily Byra ran well again as they placed seventh and 12th respectively. Davis improved on her 42nd-place finish and time of 18:29 from a year ago to run a time of 17:35.
"Overall it was a real positive experience for both teams as we improved in every aspect of the meet from last year," said Cole. "I saw a lot of determination on the faces of all our runners and we have keep that fire."
Up next for the Cowboy and Cowgirl harriers is the Roy Griak Invitational held in Minneapolis, Minn., hosted by the University of Minnesota on Saturday, Sept. 27th.