Wyoming Cross Country Teams Compete at Indiana State Invite

Oct. 5, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming cross country teams returned to competition Saturday at the Indiana State Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., there first meet since September 14th.

The Wyoming men placed 15th out of 20 teams with 421 points. Sophomore Amasa Mecham, from Green River, Wyo., was the first Cowboy to cross the finish line placing 59th with a time of 25:44 in the 8 kilometer event. He was followed by freshman Brian Knight in 68th, sophomore Arte Huhn in 103rd, freshman Brian Harnish in 105th, junior Joel Hess in 150th, sophomore Jeremy Thompson in 154th and freshman Troy Hernandez in 167th. There were 178 total competitors.

The Cowgirls also placed 15th out of 20 teams scoring 398 points. Senior Stephanie Hanks, from Laramie, Wyo., led the Cowgirls with a 52nd place finish and a 6 kilometer time of 22:47. Sophomore Ashley Mecham followed in 63rd, freshman Elena Helmerick in 101st, sophomore Natalie Kean in 107th, freshman Emerald Reid in 140th and junior Cathy Cooper in 148th.

Mountain West competitor Colorado State took home the men's team title. The women's title was captured by Arkansas and Colorado State placed 4th.

"We ran okay today, our kids are still adapting to 6k and 8k events. We look good for the first two miles but then get tired the last three," said head cross country coach Jim Sanchez following the meet. Sanchez also added, "Obviously we have a lot of physical learning to do and we did some of that today. This was a tough course for some of our kids and there were close to 200 competitors in each divison, so that also made it difficult."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel to Greeley, Colo. on Saturday, October 12th, to compete in their next meet at the Northern Colorado Invitational.

Wyoming Individual Results

Men (8k)Women (6k)59. Amasa Mecham25:4452. Stephanie Hanks22:4769. Brain Knight25:5763. Ashley Mecham23:02103. Arte Huhn26:50101. Elena Helmerick23:52105. Brian Harnish26:51107. Natalie Kean23:59150. Joel Hess27:47140. Emerald Reid24:46154. Jeremy Thompson25:56148. Cathy Cooper25:09167. Troy Hernandez28:52