Wyoming Cross Country Teams Run at Utah State Invitational

Oct. 12, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming crosscountry teams competed in their final tune-up event before the MountainWest Conference Championships at the Utah State Invitational in Logan,Utah, Friday.

Competing against five division I schools, the Wyoming men placed fifthwith 129 total points and the women finished fourth with 93 points.Host school Utah State University won both the men's and women's teamraces with 20 and 32 points respectively.

Senior Chris Jons paced the Cowboys with a 19th-place finish on theeight-kilometer course with a time of 25:02.10. Rounding out the topfive finishers for UW were Joel Hess in 25th, Arte Huhn in 26th, MattHudson in 27th and Jeremy Thompson in 32nd.

"The men did a nice job today," said Wyoming head cross country coachJim Sanchez. "We ran very well, our middle distance runners arestarting to respond well for these long distance races. When we puteverything into perspective we have competed against six top 25 teams inour last four meets, so I feel we're competing well."

Cowgirl freshman Leslie Hayman placed 11th with a time of 18:34.30 onthe five-kilometer course to lead the Wyoming women. Hayman wasfollowed by Ashley Mecham in 13th, Jennifer Thompson in 20th, Linzy Vasein 22nd and Stephanie Hanks in 27th.

"Overall the women ran well with the exception of a couple who ranflat, which is expected. Ashley Mecham, Jennifer Thompson and JenniferMansell ran good races for their perspective spots on the team."Sanchez said.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will now prepare for the Mountain WestConference Cross Country Championships Oct. 27, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Wyoming Individual Results:

Men (8K) Women (5K)19. Chris Jons 25:02.10 11. Leslie Hayman 18:34.3025. Joel Hess 25:56.10 13. Ashley Mecham 18:38.2026. Arte Huhn 26:00.40 20. Jennifer Thompson 19:03.6027. Matt Hudson 26:03.00 22. Linzy Vase 19:05.1032. Jeremy Thompson 26:36.40 27. Stephanie Hanks 19:27.1034. Nick Smith 28:15.00 29. Jennifer Mansell 19:32.5035. Carlon Harrison 28:54.50 34. LeeAnn Forbes 20:33.70 35. Shay Romine 21:05.30 36. Jessica Johnson 21:29.00 37. Amy Curkendall 23:20.60

Team Results:

Men Women1. Utah State 20 1. Utah State 322. Utah 51 2. Idaho State 52 Idaho State 51 3. Utah 634. Valparaiso 114 4. Wyoming 935. Wyoming 129 5. Valparaiso 100