Cowgirl Cross Country Team Runs Away With Third Place Finish at Rocky Mountain Shoot-out, Wyoming Men Finish Ninth

Oct. 2, 2004

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - On a wet and muddy course, the University of Wyoming women's cross country team displayed a strong third-place showing Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Shoot-out in Boulder, Colo.Of the eleven-team field the Cowgirls (44 points) would only finish behind the number sixth ranked team in the nation, University of Colorado (16 points), and thenation's number two ranked team in Division II, Western State College (23 points). Within the top 25, the Cowgirls would place six runners. Wyomingwas once again was led by senior Jennifer Thompson who finished seventh place overall. The Cheyenne native would run to a time of 21:48 on the 5.8 kilometer course andwould be followed closely by freshmen Gladys Jerotich (22:22) of Eldoret, Kenya, and Gretchen Fagley (22:28) of Sheridan, Wyo. The otherswould include Cheyenne natives Natalie Kean (23:03) and Emerald Reid (23:11), and Brooklan Grimes (23:13) of Bakersfield, Cal.

"As a team, the women ran very solid," said UW head cross country coach Randy Cole. "We ran tough in the middle and showed a lot of guts towards the end, whichwas nice to see. Jennifer Thompson has established herself as one of the best in the region." Coach Cole would later go on saying that Jerotich,Fagley, Kean, and Reid all displayed a very strong performance.

In the men's competition, the cowboys would finish ninth of the twelve-team field. Wyoming's top finisher was junior Brian Knight (27:03), who place 23rd of the 120person field. Junior Ragan Driver (28:43) and redshirt-sophomore Chris Schabron (28:47) would be the other top runners for the Cowboys.

"Brian Knight ran a very steady race," said Cole. "Chris Schabron ran one of his best races he had seen to date and along with Ragan Driver."

"It was nice to see us compete the way we did after a two week layoff," added Cole. "We need to keep working hard and improving each meet."University of Wyoming's men and women will have another weekend off before traveling down to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Chile Pepper Invitational.