Oct. 13, 2007
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -
The University of Wyoming cross country teams competed in the Pre-National Invite today in Terre Haute, Ind., where the men placed 29th out of 39 teams and the women finished 28th out of 35 teams.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls ran against some of the elite teams in the nation and fared pretty well. This was such a big race there were four races, both the men and women getting split into two.
"It was a great chance for us to get some nice exposure against the top teams in the nation," said UW head coach Randy Cole. "You can't beat the best until you race against the best."
Junior Mark Korir led the way for the Pokes, he finished in 20th place with a time of 23:41; good for second best in the Mountain West Conference in the 8k this year. Fellow junior, Shadrack Too trailed Korir and finished with a personal best time of 25:00. Brett Schuler was just behind Too with a time of 25:12, another personal best. Freshman Seth Grossman, Taylor Kelting, and David Armentrout rounded out the race for the Cowboys with times of 25:38, 25:59 and 26:53 respectively.
"We had five guys break the 26 minute barrier today and that's pretty good," said Cole. "We just need to continue to get stronger, and with these young guys getting this exposure was great."
The men as a team beat out some great competition in out-dueling Georgia, regional foe Montana State, Nebraska and Arizona. The men's blue race went to 15th ranked Northern Arizona with an average time of 23:41.
The Cowgirls were led by senior Gretchen Johnson, who again was running against the best of the best. She placed 67th out of 235 runners with a time of 21:24, her personal best in the 6K. Johnson was trailed by sophomores Emily Higgins (22:12) and Brenna Dooley (22:20). Freshmen Emily Byra and Alysha Davis followed with times of 22:53 and 22:59.
"Again our women's team is very young and they just need to get stronger physically, but all in all, this will help our program in the future," said Cole.
Both the men and the women will have two weeks to prepare for the MWC Championships to be held in San Diego, Calif. on the 27th of October.