Page Paces Cowgirls to Historic Performance at MW Meet

Oct. 31, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. -

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Senior Holly Page placed third individually to pace the University of Wyoming women's cross country to a historic third in the team standings at Friday's 2014 Mountain West Championships in Woodward Park. Page's finish garnered her a third All-MW First Team accolade and was the highest placing ever by a Cowgirl at the MW meet, while third in the team race with 79 points tied the squad's best team finish and was UW's lowest point total in MW history.

"Holly was amazing today," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "She beat multiple All-Americans out there and the two girls she lost to are an NCAA champion and NCAA runner-up in track. Holly looked very composed and within herself through the whole race today and I couldn't be prouder of her. To go from sixth last year as a team to third this year, she is a big reason behind that move."

Page traversed the 6-kilometer course in 20:18, the fastest time by a Cowgirl since 1990, to pace Wyoming for an amazing 17th-straight race. She is the only Cowgirl ever to collect more than one All-MW First Team honor. She was followed by freshman Kerry White in 20:53 for 11th place to earn All-MW Second Team, just the second time in program history the Cowgirls have had multiple All-MW honorees. Junior Audra DeStefano was 15th in 21:03, while sophomore Ali Walker placed 25th in 21:27 and sophomore Megan Brunette rounded out UW's scorers in 27th at 21:33.

No. 10 New Mexico won the women's team title with 33 points, while No. 23 Boise State was second at 58. Wyoming also finished third at the 2004 MW Championships with a then-best 97 points.

"I thought our girls ran really well as a team," Berryhill said. "To go into this conference and get third is an achievement. Two top-25 teams finished ahead of us, so we are right on the heels of two of the best programs in the nation. I feel like the girls executed the race plan very well. To tie for the highest finish in program history is a huge step forward for this group and the program."

On the men's side, junior Amos Bowen placed ninth in 23:51 to earn All-MW Second Team and help the Cowboys place sixth with 160 points. No. 18 New Mexico won the men's team race with 26 points, while Air Force edged No. 25 Colorado State by three points for second with 73 points. Junior Dylan Morin followed Bowen in 23rd place at 24:36, while junior Aaron Derner battled through an illness to place 44th in 25:03. Sophomore Michael Kesy ran 25:06 for 46th and junior Mike Seas rounded out UW's scorers in 25:16 for 49th.

Wyoming continues its season at the 2014 NCAA Mountain Regional Championship on Nov. 14 in Albuquerque, N.M.

2014 MW Championships
Men's Team Results

1. No. 18 New Mexico - 26
2. Air Force - 73
3. No. 25 Colorado State - 76
4. Boise State - 79
5. Utah State - 152
6. Wyoming - 160
7. Fresno State - 181
8. San Jose State - 197

Wyoming Men Individual Results
9. Amos Bowen - 23:51
23. Dylan Morin - 24:26
44. Aaron Derner - 25:03
46. Michael Kesy - 25:06
49. Mike Seas - 25:16
58. Jonah Henry - 25:35
59. Alex Pawlak - 25:44
63. Garrett Westlake - 26:38

Women's Team Results
1. No. 10 New Mexico - 33
2. No. 23 Boise State - 58
3. Wyoming - 79
4. Colorado State - 103
5. Air Force - 141
6. Nevada - 163
7. Utah State - 180
8. Fresno State - 225
9. UNLV - 245
10. San Diego State - 276
11. San Jose State - 295

Wyoming Women Individual Results
3. Holly Page - 20:18
11. Kerry White - 20:53
15. Audra DeStefano - 21:03
25. Ali Walker - 21:27
27. Megan Brunette - 21:33
50. Devon England - 22:20
56. Lauren Hamilton - 22:23
62. Quinn DeStefano - 22:37
73. Cassidy Meade - 22:59

MW Men's Student-Athlete of the Year: David Elliott, Boise State
MW Men's Coach of the Year: Joe Franklin, New Mexico
MW Men's Freshman of the Year: Andrew Rafla, Boise State

MW Women's Student-Athlete of the Year: Emma Bates, Boise State
MW Women's Coach of the Year: Joe Franklin, New Mexico
MW Women's Freshman of the Year: Emma Hyyppa, Boise State