UW Cross Country Shows Improvement at Notre Dame Invite

Sept. 30, 2005

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -

The University of Wyoming cross country teams continued to show signs of improvement when they competed in the Notre Dame Invitational, Friday afternoon, in South Bend, Ind. The Cowboys posted their best team finish of the season when they finished fourth of 26 teams, while the Cowgirls came in sixth of the 24 teams competing.

On the men's side, the Pokes wound up in fourth place with 154 points, behind Calvin College (45), Windsor (53), and Notre Dame (140).

The Cowboys were again led by junior Philemon Tanui as he crossed the line in fourth place with a time of 24:48. Not far behind was senior Brian Knight who was competing in his first race of the 2005 season. Knight's time of 24:58 was good enough for sixth place of the 208 runners competing. Senior Ragan Driver finished the five mile course in 40th place with a time of 26:01, just ahead of freshman Brett Schuler who finished in 41st place with the same time. Next to finish for the Pokes was freshman Shadrack Too in 63rd position with a time of 26:16, while sophomore Michael Huntington's time of 26:34 put him in 89th place in his first race of the year. Rounding out the rest of the Cowboy field was junior Nick Cramer and freshman Eric Love. Cramer finished in 135th place with a time of 27:23, while Love's time of 27:39 earned him in 151st place.

"The men had a great team effort," said UW head cross country coach Randy Cole. "It was nice to see Brian come out strong in his first competition of the year."

In the women's competition, Michigan took home the team title with 60 points, followed by Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne (173), Cincinnati (181), Santa Clara and Indiana State (189), and Wyoming in sixth place with 197 points.

Senior Tanice Barnett was again the leader for the Cowgirls with her ninth place finishing time of 18:12. Sophomore Gretchen Fagley ran the 5000-meter course in a time of 18:30 and a 21st place finish. Junior Michelle Kvernmo followed close behind in 24th place and a time of 18:39. Junior Maggie Diller ran her best race of the season with a time of 19:14 that proved good enough for 69th place, just ahead of senior teammate Emerald Reid's 74th place time of 19:16. Freshman Lauren Furtney and senior Amber Barlow wrapped up the rest of the Cowgirl team of the 186 runners competing. Furtney finished in 89th place with a time of 19:31, while Barlow ended up in 132nd place and a time of 20:17.

"The women showed a steady performance today," added Cole. "Our top four runners I thought ran very well."

"Overall, this was a great experience for both teams. It got us great exposure to the rest of the country and a high level of competition."

The next competition for the UW harriers will be in two weeks when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark., on October 15 for the Chile Pepper Invite.

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