Aug. 30, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cross Country team kicks off the 2007 season at home on Friday by hosting the Wyoming Invitational. The race begins at 6 p.m. at the Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie and will feature the Air Force Academy, Colorado State, Northern Colorado, Colorado Christian and Wyoming.
Fifth year UW head coach Randy Cole is excited to see just how well his teams have trained during the off-season. "We have had two good weeks of mileage through all the beautiful venues Laramie has to provide and this will be a great gauge on how the kids perform in a racing environment," said Cole.
The Cowboys are led by returning junior All-American Mark Korir who, last November, became the first Cowboy cross country runner to obtain All-America status in the past 11 years. The Cowboys enter the season picked third in the Mountain West Conference pre-season coaches poll.
Leading the Cowgirls will be returning All-MWC and All-Mountain Region senior Gretchen Johnson, who looks to continue her great success at the University of Wyoming. Fellow senior Nikki Peterson will also lead the Cowgirls, who were picked fourth in the MWC pre-season poll.
"I believe we will have a great team effort tomorrow," exclaimed Cole. "It's nice to be able to host our own meet, in front of our own family and friends. It's also a huge advantage to not travel and be able to sleep in our own beds. We can't wait to get things going tomorrow."
This will be the first of four races for the Cowboy and Cowgirl harriers before they head to the MWC Championships in late October.