Three UW Harriers Earn All-Conference at MWC Championships


Oct. 27, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

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Cowboy Mark Korir was the 2007 Mountain West Conference Cross CountryChampionship's runner-up for the second straight year, as the Wyoming men finished fifth and the women placed fourth, Saturday on the University of New Mexico campus.

Korir finished the race with a time of 24:48, 25 seconds behind New Mexico's Jeremy Johnson. After the race Korir was honored with his second consecutive All-Conference selection. For the Cowboys, Korir was followed by Shadrack Too who placed 25th in the field of 45, with a time of 26:06. He was closely followed by junior Brett Schuler in 27th (26:13), freshman Seth Grossman in 31st (26:26), freshman Taylor Kelting in 35th (26:51),freshman David Armentrout in 37th (27:29) and finally freshman David Siuta in 41st with a time of 29:15.

The men's team championship went to BYU with 46 points, a close second was New Mexico with 51 points and in third was Air Force with 52 points. Rounding up the field was Colorado State with 105 points, Wyoming with 118 points and TCU with 167 points.

"I thought our men would come out with a little more effort than they did," said UW head coach Randy Cole. "We came out a little flat and it cost us. Mark (Korir) ran a very steady race and had enough to hold on to second place and his second consecutive All-Conference selection."

Wyoming senior Gretchen Johnson edges a BYU runner at the finish line. (Stephen Nowland-NCAA Photos)


As for the women, senior Gretchen Johnson and Emily Higgins were both rewarded with second team All-Conference honors, for their efforts in this year's Championships. Johnson finished in 10th and Higgins in14th. Johnson ran a time of 21:53 while Higgins ran the course in 22:12. They were followed by freshman Emily Byra who ran one of her best races of the year, crossing in 33rd place with a time of 23:12. Sophomore Brenna Dooley who was hindered with a sore hip finished in 35th with a time of 23:17. Freshman Alysha Davis placed 38th (23:46), sophomore Erin Heffron finished in 45th (24:10), and finally redshirt freshman Sara Ysebaert finished in 51st with a time of 24:31.

The women's team championship went to Colorado State with 33 points, out-dueling BYU for the first time in nine years. BYU finished with 39 points. They were followed by New Mexico with 94 points, Wyoming with 118 points, Utah with 130 points, Air Force with 160 points, UNLV with 204 points, TCU with 224 points and San Diego State with 229 points.

"Gretchen (Johnson) and Emily (Higgins) ran very well for us today, and I am happy they were rewarded with All-Conference honors," said Cole. "Emily Byra ran one of her best races of the year and I look for her to keep improving throughout her tenure here at UW."

Both teams have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Mountain Regionals held in Riverdale, Utah on the 10th of November. There the runners will individually compete to qualify for nationals.

"In the next few weeks we will continue our practice, however, I believe our men need to learn how to expand their comfort zone in practice which will make it that much easier in a race," said Coach Cole lookingforward to the Mountain Regionals.