Sept. 29, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. - Seeking improved marks and closer timing between the one and five runners, the Wyoming cross country teams accomplished the task en route to second-place finishes Saturday morning at the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, Colo.
The Cowboys earned 52 points to top Air Force (76) and Northern Colorado (114), while the Cowgirls scored 58 points to beat Northern Colorado (66) and Nebraska-Omaha (93). Sophomore Holly Page led the women's side with a ninth-place mark in 21:45 (5.8k), while redshirt freshman Aaron Derner led the Cowboys with a 16th-place 8k time of 25:54.
"It was a good meet for us and we raced with heart and effort on a tough course," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "What I'm most pleased with is that we improved our times from a year ago at this race and had our top five runners on both teams run closer together, so we're making progress and seeing great effort."
Page earned five points for the Cowgirls in her placement and was pursued closely by Christine Nelson, who arrived 15th overall in 22:14 to earn 10 team points. Abi Bever (21st, 22:44), Brooke Hughes (25th, 23:13) and Audra DeStefano (26th, 23:16) also registered team points for the Cowgirls with their marks.
For the Cowboys, Derner's 16th-place overall mark provided eight team points with junior Garrett Zans following in 19th place in 26:03 for nine points. Senior Michael Banks finished in 25th place (26:48) for 10 points, while freshmen Michael Seas and Alex Pawlak earned points with their respective 27th- and 34th-place marks.
Host Colorado won both races as the Buffaloes' men's team scored 15 points and the women's team scored 19 points.
The Wyoming harriers have a week off from competition before competing at the Highlander Invite Oct. 13th in Riverside, Calif. to prepare for the MW Championship. The league race is slated for Friday, Oct. 26, in Las Vegas.