UW Cross Country Sweeps Titles At Cowboy/Cowgirl Invitational

Oct. 16, 1999


The University of Wyoming crosscountry teams swept the team titles at the Cowboy/Cowgirl Invitational,held at Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie.

Weather was a major factor in the meet. The wind chill was threedegrees below zero and the wind was gusting with snow. The course wasshortened to 4K because of the adverse weather conditions.

The Cowboys won over Denver by a score of 21-34. Winning the race wassenior Greg Schabron with a time of 12:15. Schabron was followed up bya pair of teammates in Chris Jons (12:36) and Cody Brown (13:23).Rounding out the Cowboy finishers were Nathan McLeland (13:54), ToddDisney (14:08) and Paul Rigsby (14:30).

The women's race was much closer, with Wyoming winning 26-29. TheCowgirls were without top runner Kristy Murff, but managed to hold offDenver with a balanced finish. Amy Hill was Wyoming?s top runner with asecond-place finish overall at 16:16. Jennifer Vessa (16:56) and TaraLaMay (16:58) were next in line for Wyoming, giving UW three of the topfive places. Stephanie Hanks (17:04) and Erin Renken (17:09) roundedout the team score for Wyoming.

?We fought some real adverse conditions,? said Larry Judge, Universityof Wyoming head cross country and track and field coach. ?This meet wasmore of a character builder than anything else. I was real impressedwith the way our women got in there and got after it. We are real happywith the win, because Denver is a much improved team. Their top tworunners have returned and they looked strong.

?On the men's side, I feel like we're starting to get healthy and thiswas a good race for us to prepare for the conference and districtchampionships. It?s very possible that we could have these types ofconditions at those meets.

?Because of the weather conditions, we shortened the race for both themen and the women. That was just for safety reasons, we wanted toprotect the athletes.?

The next meet for the Cowboys and Cowgirls is at the Mountain WestConference Championships in Provo, Utah on Oct. 29. The meet will behosted by Brigham Young University.