Nov. 22, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming's Jennifer Thompson finished her collegiate cross country career on Monday at the 2004 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Cheyenne, Wyoming native finished the 6,000 meter course in 21:39.2, good enough for 70th place of 250 participants.
Thompson, originally a walk-on to the Wyoming squad, used a steady approach on a slow course that had been muddied by several days of rain to finish ninth among the Mountain Region qualifiers. The UW senior had qualified last weekend with the 11th fastest finish in the Mountain Region. Her improvement in comparison to athletes from regional schools mirrors Thompson's consistent betterment from race to race this past season.
"Jennifer got out well in the race and worked the course to her advantage nicely," said UW head coach Randy Cole. "This was a good cap to a great season for her.
"We had hoped for a Top 75 finish from Jennifer and for her to finish 70th is a very solid achievement for her. It may not sound like much, but in a field like this it was a huge finish for her.
"She has gotten the whole team excited for her and for the remainder of this season. That excitement will bode well for this upcoming track season and the future of our cross country program."
Fellow Mountain Region school, the University of Colorado captured both the men's and women's team titles. Kim Smith of Providence blew away the field and took the women's individual honors with a time of 20:08.5, while Wisconsin's Simon Bairu took the men's individual crown.
Wyoming begins their indoor track and field season after the first of the year at the Air Force Open, January 15th.
See, http://www.indstate.edu/athletics/cross/championship/2004ncaa.html, for complete results.