Wyoming Harriers Finish Fifth and Seventh at MWC Championships

Nov. 1, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University ofWyoming cross country teams completed competition at the2003 Mountain West Conference Cross Country ChampionshipsSaturday in Albuquerque, N.M. The Cowboys finished fifth inthe men's 8k race with 137 team points, while the Cowgirlsracked up 159 team points in the women's 6k race to finishseventh.

The Air Force Academy and BYU captured the men's andwomen's team titles, respectively. The ninth-rankedFalcons men's team finished with 37 points, edging out theNo. 12 BYU men (41) by four points. The second-rankedCougar women's squad finished with 19 points and werefollowed by Colorado State, with 62 points.

The Cowboys were once again paced by sophomore Brian Knightwho finished 20th with a season best time of 26:03. Knightwas followed by freshman Ragen Driver who also turned in aseason best time of 26:31 to take 24th place. Senior JasonDelaney was the third Cowboy to finish as he took 29th placewith a time of 27:04. Other Cowboy notables were sophomoreBrian Harnisch (31st, 27:09), senior Kyle Cheesebrough(33rd, 27:16), junior Jeremy Thompson (39th, 28:54) andfreshman Jason Sanders (40th, 29:15).

Junior Jennifer Thompson was lead the Cowgirl pack as shecrossed the finish line in 23:00 to finish 18th. JuniorNatalie Kean followed in 27th place with a time of 23:29.Other Cowgirls that competed on Saturday were junior AshleyPederson (36th, 24:15), sophomore Elena Helmerick (37th,24:19), sophomore Christine Michel (41st, 24:45), sophomoreKristen Brauneis (46th, 25:04) and sophomore Emerald Reid(51st, 25:39).

The two teams will be in action agian on Nov. 15th when thecompete at the NCAA Regional Cross Country meet in Ogden,Utah.