Wyoming's Hall Has Strong Showing At Roy Griak Invitational

Sept. 24, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming senior JoeHall had an impressive performance at the Roy Griak Invitational crosscountry meet Saturday held at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul,Minn.

Hall, from Buffalo, Wyo., ran the eight-kilometer course with a time of24:54, placing him 20th out of 211 entrees. Senior Greg Schabron wasthe next highest finisher for the Cowboys placing 103rd with a time of25:49.

Providence College's Keith Kelly won the race in a time of 24:10.Kelly helped to pace Providence to a first-place team finish (104points) in the 31 team field. Wyoming placed 25th with a team total of676 points.

"Joe ran very impressively considering this is probably one of the topthree races of this magnitude in the country," UW head cross countrycoach Jim Sanchez said. "We are still having problems with our fourth,fifth and sixth runners right now adapting to running longer distancesbecause they are all middle distance runners. Our major work we need todo right now as a team is to stabilize our number four, five and sixrunners, but I feel we can fix that pretty easily."

A young Cowgirl squad gained valuable experience on its way to a28th-place team finish (810 points) out of a field of 29 teams. TheUniversity of Minnesota won the women's six-kilometer team title with atotal score of 98 points.

Gillette sophomore Jennifer Vessa was the highest finisher for Wyomingplacing 122nd with a time of 23:11. Sophomore Kristy Murff placed 161stwith a time of 23:55.

"The results don't show that we did much but we did get a lot of thingsaccomplished," Sanchez said. "Our packing spaces between our number oneand five runners is getting better and I think the girls are starting toget out of their comfort zone areas and pushing themselves a littlemore. I thought they ran very hard especially considering that this oneof the toughest meets in the country to compete in."

Arizona junior Tara Chaplin won the women's competition with a time of21:00.

Wyoming next travels to Boulder, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 30, to race atthe Rocky Mountain Shootout.

Wyoming Individual Results:

Men (8K) Women (6K)Joe Hall 24:54 20th Jennifer Vessa 23:11 122ndGreg Schabron 25:49 103rd Kristy Murff 23:55 161stChris Jons 26:24 159th Tara LaMay 24:03 168thNick Schabron 28:17 196th Leslie Jackson 24:21 176thKyle Johnson 28:20 198th Stephanie Hanks 24:42 183rdCody Brown 28:29 199th Jennifer Mansell 25:39 195th