Wyoming Finishes Season at NCAA Region Championship

Nov. 16, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming crosscountry teams concluded their 2002 season Saturday with competition at theNCAA Region Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Cowboys finishedthe 10-kilometer event 15th out of 18 teams while in the 6-kilometer racethe Cowgirls placed 13th out of 17 teams.

The defending national champion BYU Cougars captured the women's title byfinishing five runners in the top ten places. The men's championship went toNorthern Arizona University out of the Big Sky Conference.

Sophomore Ashley Mecham led the Cowgirls finishing 57th out of 123 runnerswith a time of 22:51. Following Mecham was sophomore Jennifer Thompson in61st (22:59), senior Stephanie Hanks in 65th (23:02), sophomore Natalie Keanin 83rd (23:31), and freshman Elena Helmrick in 87th (23:38). Other Cowgirlsthat competed but did not score points were freshman Christine Michel(101st, 24:15) and freshman Emeral Reid (104th, 24:22).

The Cowboys were paced by sophomore Amasa Mecham who finished in 56th placewith a time of 31:56. Behind Mecham was freshman Brian Knight in 65th placewith a time of 32:32. Other Cowboys finishers were freshman MichelHuntington (71st, 32:42), junior Jason Delany (94th, 34:21), and junior JoelHess (99th, 34:44). Also running for the Cowboys but coming up short ofpoints were sophomore Jeremy Thompson (101st, 34:51) and sophomore Arte Huhn(104th, 35:18).

"The girls did a good job, we had the top three run pretty tight and thefour and five runners were not that far behind, so we had nice spacing. Theonly problem is that there are so many good teams in this region,considering everything else we ran a solid race," said head cross countrycoach Jim Sanchez following the meet.

"Our guys were only three strong, we had to leave a couple of runners athome due to injuries but those things happen, so that cost us a few places.We need to mature and get better because we are in one of the toughestregions in the country, but we are slowly progressing and that ispromising."

Team Results

MenWomen

1. Northern Arizona 741. BYU292. Colorado932. Colorado663. BYU993. Northern Arizona904. Weber State1284. Colorado State995. Montana State1305. Weber State1056. Colorado State1806. Air Force2097. New Mexico1867. Montana State2198. Utah State2038. Utah State2209. Utah2149. Utah23510. Air Force21510. Texas Tech26911. UTEP21711. Southern Utah30712. Montana 33712. Montana 31113. Idaho State36313. Wyoming35314. Southern Utah37914. Nevada35815. Wyoming38715. New Mexico41716. Texas Tech45516. Idaho State45217. New Mexico State50317. Denver52818. Denver546