Wyoming Earns Both Team Titles at Highlander Invite

Oct. 19, 2013


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Senior Garrett Zans and junior Holly Page notched historic races to pace the University of Wyoming cross country teams to the men's and women's team titles at the Highlander Invite on Saturday in Riverside, Calif. Zans posted the fastest 6 kilometers by a Cowboy since 1990 with a time of 17:48, while Page accomplished the same feat for the Cowgirls in 17:18 over 5 kilometers.

"For both teams to win, including the men in dominant fashion, is what we really wanted to get out of this meet," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "These are the same teams we raced here last year, so a good performance like this will really help us heading into the Mountain West Championship. The team got outside of their comfort zone today and got some good turnover going on a hard-packed course."

The Cowboys nearly posted a perfect score, as UW runners crossed the line in first, second, third, fifth and seventh in the team race. Zans led the way in third place individually, as his time was two seconds better than last year's race, the previous top 6k time for Cowboy. Sophomore Amos Bowen was one place behind in 17:50 and he was followed quickly by sophomore Aaron Derner in 17:53 for fifth overall. Senior Mike Banks covered the course in 17:57 for seventh and redshirt sophomore Dylan Morin rounded out UW's scorers in 18:07. UW's gap from its first-to-fifth runner was just 19 seconds.

"Our men's pack was by far the best it's been this year," Berryhill said. "It was really good to see Dylan [Morin] work his way into the top five. We changed up his workouts a little over the last three weeks and he's really responded."

The Cowgirls' win was impressive as well, as they topped a field that included San Diego State and USC. Page's 17:18 placed her second individually and was five seconds faster than Christine Nelson's 17:23 at the 2010 Chili Pepper Festival, the previous fastest 5k by a Cowgirl. Freshman Megan Brunette placed fifth in 17:34 and sophomore Audra DeStefano crossed the line in 17:57 for 10th. Freshman Ali Walker finished 18th in 18:15, while junior Devon England was two places back in 18:17.

"Holly [Page] and Megan [Brunette] continued to run really well," Berryhill said. "We also got another solid race from Audra [DeStefano] and maybe the best race of her year from Ali [Walker]. A couple of our girls were pretty sick this week, so it was great to see them race really mentally tough."

Wyoming starts the postseason at the Mountain West Championship on Friday, Nov. 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

2013 Highlander Invite
Men's Team Results

1. Wyoming - 18
2. UC Irvine - 45
3. CSU Fullerton - 78
4. UC Riverside - 89
5. CSU Northridge - 155

Wyoming Men Individual Results
3. Garrett Zans - 17:48
4. Amos Bowen - 17:50
5. Aaron Derner - 17:53
7. Mike Banks - 17:57
11. Dylan Morin - 18:07
17. Michael Kesy - 18:26
25. Mike Seas - 18:34
31. Michael Rotellini - 18:42

Women's Teams Results
1. Wyoming - 54
2. UC Riverside - 64
3. CSU Fullerton - 65
4. San Diego State - 92
5. USC - 130

Wyoming Women Individual Results
2. Holly Page - 17:18
5. Megan Brunette - 17:34
10. Audra DeStefano - 17:57
18. Ali Walker - 18:15
20. Devon England - 18:17
27. Emily Swigart - 18:27
45. Cassidy Meade - 19:05
53. Mary Kozlowski - 19:20