Strong Second Place Finishes for UW Men and Women Harriers

Sept. 29, 2007

BOULDER, Colo. -

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Junior Mark Korir had his two meet win streak snapped today at the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, Colo., and both the Wyoming men and women's cross country teams took second place overall.

"We got some good work accomplished today against some very stiff competition," said UW head coach Randy Cole. "I am very proud of how both the men and women ran today on a very difficult course here in Boulder."

Korir, who was looking to defend his title at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, was out dueled by University of Colorado's Brent Vaughn. Vaughn pulled away from Korir only a quarter mile from the finish of the 8K race. Korir finished in second, fifteen seconds behind Vaughn with a time of 25:01.

Korir was followed by Wyoming junior Shadrack Too, who finished in 18th place with a time of 26:56. Freshman Seth Grossman ran a solid race in 25th with a time of 27:10, Taylor Kelting (28th 27:20), Brett Schuler (29th 27:29), David Armentrout (57th 28:57), and finally David Siuta (76th 29:58).

"Shadrack (Too) ran a great race today finishing in 18th place behind some very good runners. I look forward to Shadrack running more like that for the rest of the year," said Cole.

On the men's side, the University of Colorado took the team title with a score of 19 points, the University of Wyoming finished with 44. They were followed by the Air Force B team, 75, and the University of Northern Colorado, 116.

As for the women, senior Gretchen Johnson lead the way with a very solid fourth place finish with a time of 21:51 in the 5.8K race. Sophomore Emily Higgins ran her first race of the season for the pokes and a ninth place finish with a time of 22:32. Fellow sophomore Brenna Dooley finished in tenth just behind Higgins with a time of 22:35. Freshman Emily Byra crossed the finish line in 24th with a time of 23:13, Alysha Davis (27th 23:19), Erin Heffron (35th 23:57), Sara Ysebaert (45th 24:21), and freshman Amber Wilson (59th 25:00).

The University of Colorado took the team competition with a total of 20 points led by Sara Vaughn. The pokes followed with 39 points beating the University of Northern Colorado, 83, and the Air Force B team who finished with 114 points.

"The women had their best team performance of the year on this very tough course here in Boulder, Colo.," said Cole.

The Cowboy and Cowgirl harriers will have two weeks to prepare for the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday October, 13.