UW Cross Country Wraps Up Season

Nov. 14, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

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The University of Wyoming cross country team rounded out the 2009 season with a disappointing finish at the NCAA Mountain Region meet on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls both finished 17th with a matching 463 points, while the team titles went to BYU and Colorado, respectively for the men and women.

On the men's side, the `Pokes were led by junior Taylor Kelting, with his 63rd-place finish and time of 32:23 in the 10k race. Sophomore Ryan Griesbach followed Kelting closely with his 86th-place finish and time of 33:05. The Cowboys were a little short-handed as their leading runner on the season, sophomore Greg Miller was out with a foot injury.

"Taylor ran very well for us today, but we were really hurting without Greg (Miller) today," said head coach Randy Cole. "We have a very young team that needs to continue their training and keep their heads up as we head into the track season soon."

For the women, junior Emily Byra led the way for the Cowgirls. She finished in 69th place with her time of 22:46 in the 6k race. Senior Erin Heffron was second with her 86th-place finish and time of 23:06, while junior Francis Gipson and freshman Brooke Hughes were close behind with their 95th and 98th place finishes respectively.

"Overall we were a little passive out there, and not just today, but all year in both our training and racing," said Cole. "Emily (Byra) really ran a nice race and she has progressively improved all year long."

The individual titles went to David McNeill from Northern Arizona for the men, and Jennifer Barringer from the University of Colorado took the crown for the women.

"On both sides we have some really good young talent that needs to continue to train and put in the work," said Cole. "But they were exposed to some very good meets with some very good competition. Now heading into the indoor track and field season, we will actively rest and get geared up to be competitive this season."

The indoor track and field season will begin on December 5, with the Wyoming Power Meet at the War Memorial Fieldhouse.