Sept. 30, 2006
BOULDER, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's cross country teams continued to compete well as they finished out their September schedule today in Boulder, Colo., at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, held at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country course.
For the men, sophomore Mark Korir made his cross country debut for the Cowboys a successful one, as he finished in first place overall out of 153 runners with a time of 24:51. Korir, who came to Wyoming in January from Moi University in Kenya, had not previously competed in a race thus far this season due to injuries.
Rounding out the men's team was sophomore Shadrack Too, who placed 34th with a time of 27:12; sophomore Brett Schuler, who finished 38th with a time of 27:23; senior Chris Schabron (27:26), finished in 40th, while junior Michael Huntington (27:41) and sophomore Eric Love (29:07) crossed the finish line in 43rd and 83rd respectively.
Overall, the University of Colorado took home the meet title with 20 points. The Cowboys finished second, out of the four Division-IA schools competing, with 47 points. Following the Pokes was the University of Northern Colorado, who finished third with 79 points, while Xavier finished fourth with 100 points. A number of other schools competed in the event, but were scored differently due to their non-Division I classification.
"I thought the men had a solid performance. We had to pull Philemon (Tanui) due to some soreness, but I thought they had a good solid performance," said Head Coach Randy Cole. "Mark was sitting well by Jawbone Hill and was able to pull away in the end and ended up winning by a good eight seconds, so that was really positive."
The CU women also took home the Division-IA meet title with a total of 20 points. They were followed by Colorado State University with 38 points; the University of Wyoming with 87 points; Xavier came in fourth with 110 points and the University of Northern Colorado rounded out the scores in fifth place with 123 points.
For the Cowgirls, freshman Emily Higgins continued to be the lead runner for the third time as she finished in 16th place out of 141 runners with a time of 22:07. Higgins, who received Mountain West Conference women's Athlete of the Week honors for her third place performance at the Woody Greeno Invitational two weeks ago in Lincoln, Neb., has proven to be a consistent point getter this season for the Cowgirls.
"Our top three placed high in a race that was full of good quality runners," said Cole. "We still need to get everyone healthy, but overall I was pleased with the women's effort today."
Rounding out the women was senior Tanya Kienlen (23:58), who finished 44th and freshman Erin Heffron (26:00), who finished in 96th place.Cole went on to say, "Overall, we need to get stronger physically and mentally, but both teams were able to gain solid experience on a tough course. Now we need to recover and get ready for the Chili Pepper Invite next week."
Next up for the UW Cross Country teams will be when they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 14th for the Chili Pepper Invitational.