Nov. 23, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -
The University of Wyoming's Garrett Zans battled cold and windy conditions to finish 65th at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. The senior completed the 10-kilometer course in 31:01 to place just 25 spots and 16 seconds shy of All-America honors in the 256-runner field.
"When you go as an individual the goal is always to All-American, but at the same time you are competing against 250 of the best runners in the nation," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Garrett beat roughly 190 of those runners, so he ran well. I'm really proud of him for representing this university well. He was up there and in contention for All-America honors with a half mile to go, but he just didn't have the finish."
Competing in his final cross country race for the Cowboys, the Rock Springs native competed on a wet, muddy course with temperatures in the low 20s and wind that pushed the temperature into the single digits. Zans started slow and was in 93rd through the first 3 kilometers at 8:42, but moved up to 62nd at the 5k mark in 15:11. He moved up to 53rd with a 24:35 through 8 kilometers, but slipped 12 spots over the final 2 kilometers.
"The original starting line was so muddy that they moved it up 110 meters to a smaller area, so Garrett was forced to start slow due to his box assignment," Berryhill said. "He moved up well throughout the race in brutal conditions, though. That was a race where you had to be mentally tough with the weather and the course conditions, and Garrett showed that. If you look at his last three cross country races, he's been rock solid, which bodes well for track this year."
Zans was the first Wyoming runner to compete at the NCAA Championships since Mark Korir in 2008, while his 65th-place finish was the highest since Korir placed 19th in 2007. Zans was the first Wyoming native to compete for the Cowboys at the NCAA Championships since Buffalo-native Joe Hall in 2000.