Oct. 1, 2011
BOULDER, Colo. - Junior Brooke Hughes led the way for the Wyoming women's cross country team Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, finishing eighth overall.
Hughes crossed the line in the 5.8-kilometer race with a time of 21 minutes, 44 seconds to lead the Cowgirls. It was her third top-10 finish this season in as many events. Hughes was eighth in a field of 171 runners.
As a team, the Cowgirls were second out of five teams with 49 points. Colorado was first in its own event, with 16 team points.
The rest of the UW women were steady. Junior Abi Bever pushed through a rolled ankle she sustained in the race to finish 20th with a time of 22:56. Freshman Devon England had her best finish of her UW career, and was 25th overall with a time of 23:15. The next two finishers for the women were sophomores Emily Swigart (28th, 23:22) and Andrea Klimowski (31st, 23:30). Other Cowgirl runners were Felicia McAfee (38th, 23:39); Danielle Grossman (43rd, 23:47); Chelsea O'Brien (53rd, 24:22); McKynzie Maher (56th, 24:26); Jessica Lemaster (57th, 24:28); Kirsten McKen (75th, 25:03); and Ashley Lane (83rd, 25:19).
The Cowboys ran without three of their top-seven runners, and finished second out of four teams with 52 points. Sophomore Garrett Zans paced the UW men, finishing ninth with a time of 26 minutes flat in the 8-kilometer race. It was Zans' third top-10 finish this season. There were 164 runners in the race.
Junior Mike Banks was the next finisher for UW, crossing the line in 16th with a time of 26:37.
"He's improved a lot this year over last year," Cole said of Banks' performance.
Senior Greg Miller, the Cowboys' top runner, had a rough outing, battling illness. He finished 25th with a time of 27:16. Junior Tyler Gifford was 35th, 27:43; senior Ryan Griesbach was 37th, 27:51; senior Nik Deininger was 40th, 27:56; and junior Ken Lane was 49th with a time of 28:13.
"The other guys are battling to see who will be the sixth, seventh and eighth runners for future meets," Cole said.
Up next for the UW men and women is the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational on Oct. 16 in Terre Haute, Ind. For now, Cole and his runners will focus on the training to get them ready for the next three events.
"We'll regroup and build it up through the second half of the year," Cole said.