Wyoming Cross Country Teams Begin Practice

Aug. 16, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Summer break is over for a group of University of Wyoming student-athletes, and the work has just begun.

The men's and women's cross country team members reported for their first practice of the fall season Monday morning. The 24 runners - 12 men and 12 women - hit the road for a quick aerobic workout on the prairie north of Laramie.

"It's a nice training group," Wyoming cross country coach Randy Cole said. "The attitude is good right off the bat. Now we're here, and ready to go."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will open the season with the Wyoming Invitational on Sept. 3 in Laramie. The race starts at 4:45 p.m. at the Jacoby Golf Course.

Before that, though, the team will continue to train around Laramie, taking advantage of the various wilderness and prairie trails that Cole has scouted out through the years.

"We'll utilize all the great venues we have up here," Cole said.

There are four newcomers on the men's squad, and five on the women's team. There also will be some middle distance runners from the track and field team who will compete in the cross country meets.

Some of the top returners for the men's team include Taylor Kelting and Greg Miller. Kelting, a senior, finished 24th at the Mountain West Championships, while Miller, a junior, was 26th.

The women's team will have two senior leaders returning in Francis Gipson and Alysha Davis. They finished 95th and 115th at the NCAA Regionals, respectively.

To promote team bonding, Cole has organized a camping trip to the Medicine Bow National Forest at the end of the week so the veterans and rookies can get to know one another.

But Cole was confident that team chemistry wouldn't be an issue.

"It was nice to see the depth we'll have," he said. "Our numbers are up and we should have a nice pack of runners.

"It's going to be a fun bunch. They're eager to want to do well, improve themselves and do it together."