Nov. 10, 2007
RIVERDALE, Utah -
Junior Mark Korir and senior Gretchen Johnson led the Cowboys and Cowgirls to two ninth place finishes for the University of Wyoming cross country teams, at the NCAA Mountain Regional meet held in Riverdale, Utah. Korir placed fifth and qualified for a spot at the NCAA Championships while Johnson placed 10th and awaits a decision on if she will be joining Korir.
Johnson, a selection to the All-Mountain Region team for the second straight year for her personal best 21:13 in the 6K, will wait on the team at-large bids to be decided before she will know if she qualified to travel to Terre Haute, Ind. to compete at the NCAA Championships. There are 13 teams in the nation that will receive at-large bids, that may put Johnson in as one of the four top individuals from the region that is not on a team that has qualified.
"Gretchen (Johnson) ran a great race and I hope she has the opportunity to represent the Cowgirls at this year's NCAA Championships," said head coach Randy Cole.
Johnson was followed by sophomore Emily Higgins who ran a season best 21:54, good for 31st out of 102 runners. Sophomore Brenna Dooley trailed Higgins in 66th place with a time of 22:47. Freshmen Emily Byra and Alysha Davis, in their first ever Regional race, placed 76th and 82nd with respective times of 23:01 and 23:08. Closing out the women was sophomore Erin Heffron who placed 85th with a time of 23:15.
The team championship went to Colorado State with 75 points, they were followed by Northern Arizona with 81 points and Brigham Young with 90. The Cowgirls finished in ninth with a combined 261 points, one point behind Utah State.
As for the men, Korir ran the course in 30:15.8 and placed in the top five for the fifth time in six races this season. He qualified for his second straight trip to the NCAA Championships, where he placed 22nd last year. Korir along with Johnson, was selected to the All-Mountain Region team for the second straight season. He led the Cowboys to a ninth place finish out of 15 teams.
Junior Shadrack Too trailed Korir crossing the tape in 56th place with a time of 32:37. Following closely behind was junior Brett Schuler in 59th place with a time of 32:52. The rest of the Cowboys were freshmen Seth Grossman in 66th with a time of 33:06, Taylor Kelting in 73rd, David Armentrout in 92nd and David Siuta in 105th.
The men's team championship went to the University of Colorado with 47 points, followed by UTEP with 56 points and Northern Arizona with 84 points, the Pokes finished with 259 points.
The NCAA Championships will be held on Monday November 19th in Terre Haute, Ind.