MWC Championships

Oct. 29, 2001

A very trying and emotional 2001 crosscounty season came to a conclusion for the University of WyomingSaturday in Albuquerque, N.M., at the Mountain West Conference CrossCountry Championships.

Cowboy senior Chris Jons, from Lyman, Wyo., was the first Wyomingrunner to cross the finish line in the men's race, placing 34th with atime of 26:27 on the eight-kilometer course. Following Jons fromWyoming were sophomore Jason Delaney in 36th (27:13), sophomore JoelHess in 38th (27:48), freshman Arte Huhn in 39th (28:22) and freshmanJeremy Thompson in 40th (28:24).

Running against three of the nations top 25 teams (Air Force, 9th,BYU, 16th, Colorado State, 22nd), the Pokes placed sixth out of sixteams with 187 points. BYU won a tight men's team race over Air Forcewith 47 points to AFA's 54. Utah's Teren Jameson won the conferenceindividual title in a time of 23:54.

A young Cowgirl team improved two places from last years championshipsplacing sixth out of eight teams with 168 points. BYU's women, who areranked no. 2 in the nation, won the conference title with 17 points over18th ranked CSU who finished with 45 points.

Cowgirl freshman Ashley Mecham, from Green River, Wyo., led the womenwith a 22th-place finish on the six-kilometer course with a personalbest time of 23:02. Rounding out the team scorers for the Cowgirls werefreshman Jennifer Thompson (27th, 23:22), junior Stephanie Hanks (32nd,23:33), sophomore Jennifer Mansell (43rd, 24:49) and freshman LeeAnnForbes (44th, 24:52).

BYU's women swept the first three positions and were led by TaraNorthcutt's first-place time of 21:00.

Sanchez Says: The following are quotes from Wyoming cross country coachJim Sanchez about the Mountain West Conference Cross CountryChampionships:

"Reality kicked in for the men today running against three ranked andtwo other really solid teams. We went against some great competitionbut the guys went out there and ran as hard as they could and gaveeverything they had in them. It's a very tough conference and the mendid about as good as they could given everything else."

"Overall the women did a great job. To put everything into perspectivewe ran with three freshman and a couple of middle distance runners.Considering everything, the girls stepped up a level and ran very wellagainst some tough teams and they adapted well to running in theseconditions."

Wyoming Individual Results from MWC Championships:

Men (8K)     Women (6K)34. Chris Jons   26:27 22. Ashley Mecham  23:02 36. Jason Delaney  27:1327. J.Thompson   23:22 38. Joel Hess   27:48 32. Stephanie Hanks 23:3339. Arte Huhn   28:22 43. Jennifer Mansill  24:49 40. Jeremy Thompson28:24 44. LeeAnn Forbes  24:52 41. Matt Hudson  29:02 49. Leslie Howe26:32 42. Nick Smith   31:38 51. Shay Romine  27:07Team Results from MWC Championships:Men       Women1. BYU   47 points  1. BYU   17 points 2. Air Force  54   2. CSU   453. Utah   63   3. Air Force  1134. CSU   86   4. Utah   1245. New Mexico  87   5. New Mexico  1396. Wyoming  187   6. Wyoming  168       7. San Diego St.  177       8. UNLV   214

Up Next for Wyoming Cross Country: The Cowboys and Cowgirls will nextcompete at the Mountain Region Championships in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 10.