June 2, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Cross Country head coach Randy Cole announced Wednesday the 2010 schedule for the Cowboys and Cowgirls, headlined by two home meets, one of which is the 2010 Mountain West Conference Championships.
"We feel that this year's schedule will provide our teams with plenty of great competition on a variety of challenging courses," Cole said. "Each meet is a stepping stone to the championships portion of the season."
UW's Jacoby Golf Course will be the site of the 2010 MWC Championships for the first time in school history and will be run on Friday, October 29.
"Following our hosting of the 2009 MWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, we are proud to bring this meet to Laramie and the state of Wyoming," Cole said. "People will get to see some of the top harriers in the nation compete right here at Jacoby Golf Course."
The season-opening meet for the `Pokes will be the annual Wyoming Invitational on Friday, Sept. 3 at Jacoby Golf Course. It will include a 2.5 mile boy's and girl's high school race followed by the collegiate runners thereafter.
"To kickoff the season we host the Wyoming Invitational, which has been run here every year since the late 1940s," Cole continued. "This year's edition will include a high school section of races along with the collegiate races where Colorado State, Utah Valley, Northern Colorado will compete with the Cowgirls and Cowboys."
On September 18, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to compete in the Nebraska Woody Greeno Invitational. October 2nd will send the Wyoming harriers to Boulder, Colo., to compete in the Colorado Rocky Mountain Shootout. The final meet before the MWC Championships will be the Arkansas Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival on Saturday, October 16, in Fayetteville, Ark.
"The Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder presents plenty of great excitement and talent from all of the top notch teams in the Rocky Mountain area," Cole stated. "The Buffalo Ranch course is truly cross country and a tough challenge for all competitors. Racing at the Chile Pepper Festival is an exciting experience; it brings a range of 35 to 40 schools which makes for a great atmosphere and strong athletes from all over the country."
Following the MWC Championships, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete in the NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Saturday, November 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah, hosted by the University of Utah. Concluding the season will be the NCAA National Championships on Monday, November 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.