2001 Informational Cross Country Release

Nov. 12, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Mountain Region Championsips : The 2001 cross country season officially came to an end for theUniversity of Wyoming Friday, Nov. 10, at the Mountain RegionChampionships in Provo, Utah.

The Cowboys placed 16th out of 17 teams and the Cowgirls placed 17thout of 18 teams. The University of Colorado won the men's title with 48points and Brigham Young University won the women's title with 31points.

Cowgirl freshman Ashley Mecham was the top finisher for Wyoming placing46th overall (out of 118) on the 6-kilometer course with a time of23:17.9.

Cowboy senior Chris Jons paced the UW men with an 85th -place finish onthe 10-kilometer course with a time of 34:18.7. There were 112competitors in the men's race.

Sanchez Says: The following are quotes from UW cross country coach JimSanchez after the Mountain Region Championships:

"I was very pleased with the performance of a couple of our freshmangirls, Ashley Mecham and Jennifer Thompson. Both really had a greatrace today and overall had a very solid season. They will both only getbetter.

For the men, it's been a tough year, it's over and we're spent. We cannow regroup and we'll go at it again next year."

MWC Championships (Oct. 27): A very trying and emotional 2001 crosscounty regular season came to a conclusion for the University of WyomingSaturday in Albuquerque, N.M., at the Mountain West Conference CrossCountry Championships.

Cowboy senior Chris Jons, from Lyman, Wyo., was the first Wyomingrunner to cross the finish line in the men's race, placing 34th with atime of 26:27 on the eight-kilometer course. Following Jons fromWyoming were sophomore Jason Delaney in 36th (27:13), sophomore JoelHess in 38th (27:48), freshman Arte Huhn in 39th (28:22) and freshmanJeremy Thompson in 40th (28:24).

Running against three of the nations top 25 teams the Pokes placedsixth out of six teams with 187 points. BYU won a tight men's team raceover Air Force with 47 points to AFA's 54. Utah's Teren Jameson won theconference individual title in a time of 23:54.

A young Cowgirl team improved two places from last years championshipsplacing sixth out of eight teams with 168 points. BYU's women, who areranked no. 2 in the nation, won the conference title with 17 points.

Cowgirl freshman Ashley Mecham, from Green River, Wyo., led the womenwith a 22th-place finish on the six-kilometer course with a personalbest time of 23:02. Rounding out the team scorers for the Cowgirls werefreshman Jennifer Thompson (27th, 23:22), junior Stephanie Hanks (32nd,23:33), sophomore Jennifer Mansell (43rd, 24:49) and freshman LeeAnnForbes (44th, 24:52).