Oct. 13, 2012
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Wyoming cross country teams posted strong finishes at the Highlander Invitational to end the pre-championship portion of the season Saturday morning in Riverside, Calif.
The Cowboys placed second in the men's 6k race with 41 points, while the Cowgirls finished third in the women's 4k race with 54 points. The race was used to simulate the environment Wyoming will face at the Mountain West Championships in Las Vegas in two weeks.
"It was a solid racing day for us," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "Both of our teams were fast in the first mile and finished with improved pack times. It was a great confidence booster and perfect scenario for us heading into the conference race knowing we did well on a similar course and climate."
Freshman Mike Seas came in seventh place in 18:01.7, while senior Michael Banks (17th, 18:31.3) and freshman Alex Pawlak (19th, 18:44.3) also scored team points. Junior Ken Lane competed well for the Cowboys as he crossed the finish line in 20th place in 18:44.4
Sophomore Holly Page once again led the way for the Cowgirls as she paced the team with a second-place mark in 13:37.7, just two seconds behind UC Riverside's Damajeria Dubose. Sophomore Christine Nelson was the second Wyoming runner to finish as she placed eighth in 14:00.7 with senior Abi Bever coming in 10th in 14:05.7.
Brooke Hughes finished in 16th overall in 14:22.9, while sophomore Devon England was the final scoring runner for the Cowgirls as she came in 18th place with a time of 14:30.8. Freshman Audra DeStefano (26th, 14:52) and sophomore Jessica Lemaster (34th, 15:03) also represented the program well with their finishes.
UC Irvine won the men's race with 30 points, while UC Riverside (27) and USC (49) took first and second, respectively, in the women's 4k.
The MW Championship races take place Friday, Oct. 26, in Las Vegas.