Wyoming Cross Country Teams Back In Action

Oct. 8, 2001

The University of Wyoming crosscountry teams returned to competition Saturday at the Rocky MountainShootout in Boulder, Colo., for the first time since the tragicautomobile accident Sept. 16, which claimed the lives of eight UW crosscountry and track and field team members.

"I thought both teams responded well," said Wyoming cross country headcoach Jim Sanchez. "They were a bit emotional at first, but as they gotgoing on with their warm-ups their instincts kicked in. They knew theyhad a job to do."

The Wyoming men placed third out of four Division I teams with 76 totalpoints. Sophomore Jason Delaney, from Polson, Mont., was the firstCowboy to cross the finish line placing ninth overall in the Division Istandings with a time of 27:10 on the 8-kilometer course. He wasfollowed by senior Chris Jons in 12th, freshman Arte Huhn in 17th,freshman Matt Hudson in 18th and sophomore Joel Hess in 20th.

Colorado won the men's team standings with 15 points followed by AirForce in second with 60 points. Denver University rounded out the fieldin fourth with 102 points. CU's Jorge Torres won the men's individualrace with a time of 24:47.

The Cowgirls placed second out of three Division I schools with 60points. Freshman Jennifer Thompson, from Cheyenne, Wyo., led theCowgirls with an eighth-place finish on the 5.8-kilometer course with atime of 23:45. Freshman Ashley Mecham finished right behind Thompson inninth, junior Stephanie Hanks placed 11th, sophomore Jennifer Mansellplaced 15th and freshman LeeAnn Forbes finished 17th.

The University of Colorado took first in the team race with 15 point.DU placed third behind the Cowgirls with 65 points. Molly Austin ofColorado won individual honors finishing with a time of 20:14.

"Emotionally, we all feel a lot better," said Sanchez. "This was goodmedicine for the team. We needed to feel a "good pain" and a "goodtired", versus what we have been going through. I am very proud ofthem, they put out an all out effort today. Now we need to physicallyget back into race shape and do some fine tuning."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel to Logan, Utah on Friday, Oct.12,to compete in their next meet at the Utah State Invitational.

Wyoming Individual Results from the Rocky Mountain Shootout:

MEN (8K, Division I Race) WOMEN (5.8K Division I Race)
8. Jason Delaney 27:10 8. Jennifer Thompson 23:45
12. Chris Jons 28:13 9. Ashley Mecham 23:51
17. Arte Huhn 28.32 11. Stephanie Hanks 23:59
18. Matt Hudson 28:49 15. Jennifer Mansell 24:24
20. Joel Hess 28:52 17. LeeAnn Forbes 25:12
22. Jeremy Thompson 29:11 19. Leslie Howe 25:50
28. Nick Smith 33:19 21. J.J. Johnson 27:11
23. M. Latchininsky 27:33
24. Amy Curkendall 29:05