Wyoming Cross Country Teams Finish Emotional 2001 Regular Season at the MWC Championships

Oct. 29, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

A very trying and emotional 2001cross county 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 for theCowboys 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.

"Reality kicked in for the men today running against three ranked andtwo other really solid teams," said Wyoming cross country coach JimSanchez. "We went against some great competition but the guys went outthere and ran as hard as they could and gave everything they had inthem. It's a very tough conference and the men did about as good asthey could given everything else."

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).

"Overall the women did a great job," Sanchez said. "To put everythinginto perspective we ran with three freshman and a couple of middledistance runners. Considering everything, the girls stepped up a leveland ran very well against some tough teams and they adapted well torunning to these conditions."

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

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will next compete at the Mountain RegionChampionships in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 10.

Wyoming Individual Results:Men (8K)                     Women (6K)34. Chris Jons      26:27    22. Ashley Mecham      23:0236. Jason Delaney   27:13    27. Jennifer Thompson  23:2238. Joel Hess       27:48    32. Stephanie Hanks    23:3339. Arte Huhn       28:22    43. Jennifer Mansell   24:4940. Jeremy Thompson 28:24    44. LeeAnn Forbes      24:5241. Matt Hudson     29:02    49. Leslie Howe        26:3242. Nick Smith      31:38    51. Shay Romine        27:07

Team Results:Men Women1. BYU 47 points 1. BYU 17 points2. 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 State 177 8. UNLV 214