TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -
The University of Wyoming's Holly Page placed 71st in the women's race and Amos Bowen was 217th in the men's race at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. Page ran the 6-kilometer course in 21:01 to finish just 17 seconds and 31 spots shy of All-America honors in the 253-runner field.
"I thought Holly ran a very tough race today," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Unfortunately, she got sick this week so she was battling that and also got a large gash down the back of her calf at the start of the race, which might require stitches, so she battled through a lot. For her to be composed during the race and move up throughout was good to see."
Battling an illness, Page was 115th through the first 2 kilometers in wet and windy conditions, before moving up to 86th at the 4-kilometer mark and passing 15 runners of the final 2 kilometers. Her finish was the fourth-highest ever by a Cowgirl at the NCAA meet.
Bowen was 108th through the first 3 kilometers, but dropped to 189th through 5 kilometers and further from there. The Mountain West was well represented as a group, as the New Mexico men finished 14th and Colorado State was 19th. On the women's side, New Mexico placed third, the highest finish by a conference member since 2003, while Boise State was 11th.
"Amos made huge jumps this year and did a lot of great things, but the next step for him is being able to compete on the big stage," Berryhill said. "He still needs to improve on that, but he is a junior so hopefully he will get the chance to come back next year to the NCAA meet. Hopefully he'll be able to handle the environment at this meet a little better."
Page and Bowen were the first Cowboy and Cowgirl duo to qualify for the same NCAA Championships since Mark Korir and Gretchen Johnson in 2007. Page was just the sixth Wyoming female ever to qualify and first since Johnson, while Bowen was the 12th Wyoming male and second consecutive after Garrett Zans qualified last season.