UW Cross Country Teams Run Hard at MWC Championship

Nov. 1, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming cross countryteams competed at the Mountain West Championship today on the campus of BYUin Provo, Utah. The Cowgirls hustled their way to a 5th place team finishwhile the Cowboys took 6th.

Sophomore Ashley Mecham was the first Cowgirl to cross the finish line inthe women's 6-kilometer race finishing 27th with a time of 23:05. OtherCowgirl finishers were freshman Elena Helmerick who placed 30th with apersonal best time of 23:11, senior Stephanie Hanks (23:23, 35th), sophomoreNatalie Kean (23:35, 40th), sophomore Jennifer Thompson (24:11, 45th),junior Cathy Cooper (24:13, 46th), and freshman Emeral Reid (24:23, 50th).

The defending National Champion lady cougars of BYU took home the teamtitle by sweeping the top six places.

The Cowboys were paced sophomore Amasa Mecham who turned in a season best25:48 and a 32nd place finish. Following Mecham was freshman Brian Knightfinishing 35th with a personal best time of 25:54, freshman Brian Harnischfinished on the heals of Knight placing 36th with a time of 26:05. OtherCowboys that competed were freshman Michael Huntington (29:19, 40th), juniorJason Delany (27:35, 45th), sophomore Arte Huhn (27:39, 46th), junior JoelHess (27:50, 47th), freshman Troy Hernandez (27:51, 48th) and sophomoreJeremy Thompson (28:27, 49th).

BYU also took home the men's team title, as the Cougars placed all of theirrunners in the top 15 places.

"I thought some of our kids were a bit off today," said Wyoming head crosscountry coach Jim Sanchez following the races. "Our younger girls ranoutstanding but we lost points again with our number five runners. I ampleased though that we improved a spot from last years performance. I thinkour guys were a little overwhelmed with the course and the intensity of someof the other runners and that costed us, but that is due to lack ofexperience and because so many of them are so young."

The Wyoming cross country teams are off for a while before the November16th Mountain Region Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Team ResultsMenWomen1. BYU371. BYU152. CSU422. CSU633. New Mexico723. Air Force984. Air Force944. Utah1045. Utah1115. Wyoming1676. Wyoming1736. New Mexico1737. SDSU1768. UNLV190