Sept. 27, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl cross country teams both finished 12th at the University of Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday Sept. 27th.
Out of the star-studded field the Pokes ran against four top-25 teams and they all followed the winning Division II Adams State Grizzlies with a team total of 75 points. 29th ranked Iowa State, 30th ranked Brigham Young and ninth ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers finished second, third and fourth respectively.
The Pokes finished with a total of 320 points and were led by senior Mark Korir with a third place overall finish. In the 8k race he finished in a time of 24:10, a season best, only 15 seconds behind the winner from Auburn, Elkanah Kibet.
"It was a loaded field with some very talented runners from across the nation," said head track and field coach Don Yentes. "Mark ran a great race as he again made his name heard at the national level."
Senior Michael Huntington remained consistent for the Pokes with his 43rd-place finish and time of 25:17. He was followed by freshman Eliud Chirchir in 79th-place and a time of 25:50. Sophomore Seth Grossman and senior Brett Schuler rounded out the scoring for the Cowboys with their 86th and 109th-place finishes respectively.
On the women's side ninth ranked Minnesota was followed by fifth ranked Arizona State with team scores of 31 and 46 points respectively for first and second-place overall.
The Cowgirl harriers finished with a team total of 366 points and a 12th-place finish out of 23 teams. They were led by junior Emily Higgins who finished in 33rd-place and a time of 22:23 in the 6k race. Sophomore Alysha Davis ran one of her best races as she crossed the tape in 43rd-place.
"Emily started the race out a little slower than usual but really came on at the end and finished strong," said Yentes. "Alysha Davis ran a very good race as she continues to gain maturity and strength."
"All in all it was a very good learning experience for both teams and they represented Wyoming well against the best in the nation," finished Yentes.
Up next for the Wyoming harriers is the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, October 4th.