Aug. 28, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
An entire summer worth of training is about to pay off for the University of Wyoming Cross Country team as they tear up the Jacoby Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 29th, at the Wyoming Invitational.
"Friday will be a nice kick-off to the season and a nice gauge to see where we are after an entire summer of training," said fifth year head cross country coach Randy Cole. "I am excited to see whose competitive instinct will stand out in our first meet of the year."
Competing along with UW will be last year's women's champion Colorado State University, the reigning men's winner from last year, the Air Force Academy, and the University of Northern Colorado.
For the Cowgirl harriers, junior Emily Higgins will lead the charge but will be followed by a nice pack of returning runners.
"The women are really showing good camaraderie thus far this season and will compete to improve on their second place finish from last year," said Cole. "They really have their work cut out for them as they go against one of the top teams in the nation in Colorado State."
For the men, two-time All-American, senior Mark Korir will set the pace for the entire field as the returning champion and record holder at this course. The Pokes are returning five letter-winners, including senior Brett Schuler, and sophomores Taylor Kelting and Seth Grossman.
"Mark (Korir) has really acquired a nice base underneath him with his off-season training, one similar to or better than that of the past two years," said Cole. "Schuler, Kelting, and Grossman have really worked hard and it has showed in our practices this week. I also look forward to newcomer, Philemon Kimutai to have a good showing this Friday."
In addition to the college race, the Invite has also brought eight high schools from across the state to take part in a separate 2.5 mile race, including Laramie, Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne East, Pine Bluffs, Saratoga, Campbell County, Sheridan and Riverton High Schools. The High School girls' race will begin at 4:50 with the boys beginning at 5:30. Following the high school races the college women will take to the course at 6 p.m., with the men taking off on their 4.25 mile race at 6:30 p.m.