Gutsy Performances from UW Harriers at Chile Pepper Invite

Oct. 17, 2009

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The University of Wyoming cross country teams entered the Arkansas Chile Pepper Invitational on Saturday battling both the top teams in the nation and a nagging respiratory sickness that affected most of the team.

The Cowboys finished with a team 598 points, good for 20th place while the Cowgirls finished 21st with a team 555 points. The men's title went to Oklahoma State with their team 21 points as the women's crown went to Texas Tech with a team score of 35 points.

Individually, the UW women were led by junior Alysha Davis as she crossed the tape in 51st place with her time of 22:25 in the 6k race. She was followed by junior Francis Gipson with her time of 23:01 and her 88th-place finish. Three freshman rounded out the field for the Cowgirls in Brooke Hughes (126th, 23:28), Maya Martinez (160th, 23:56) and Felicia McAfee (216th, 25:38).

"Alysha and the Cowgirl team ran a nice solid race," said UW head coach Randy Cole. "We continue to have a nice pack but we still need to work on getting that pack up closer to the front."

On the men's side, junior Taylor Kelting finished first for the Cowboys in 74th place with his time of 31:55 in the 10k race. Sophomore Ryan Griesbach and freshman Nik Deininger crossed the line in 137th and 138th, with their times of 32:53 and 32:55 respectively. While sophomore Sean Wilde and freshman Tyler Gifford rounded out the five man race for the Cowboys in 168th and 209th respectively.

"This was a great experience for our guys as they competed against some of the top teams in the nation on one of the best courses in the nation," said Cole. "Taylor did a nice job in leading the pack and we really missed Greg (Miller) as he was out for this race because of a bruised foot.

"I am really proud of the way we competed today with some of these nagging sicknesses and injuries," said Cole. "We will continue our training and hopefully rest enough for everyone to get over their illnesses."

Up next for the Wyoming harriers will be the Mountain West Conference Championship, ran in Orem, Utah on October 31st.