Wyoming Cross Country Teams Sweep Team Titles at Wyoming Invitational

Sept. 8, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming swept both the men's and women's team titles at the Wyoming Invitational, held at LaPrelle Park in Laramie. On each side, Wyoming won 15-65. The top five placers on each team earn points.

Amy Hill led the way for the Cowgirls, winning the five-kilometer race in 19:18. Wyoming held the first eight places in the race. Hill was followed up by three newcomers to the squad - Kristy Murff (20:03), Erin Renken (20:29) and Jennifer Vessa (20:37). Murff and Vessa are both freshman from Gillette, Wyo., while Renken in a fifth-year senior in her first year with the team.

"Obviously I was real excited about our victory over the University of Denver here in our first meet," said Larry Judge, UW head cross country and track and field coach. "I was real impressed with Amy Hill's fitness level, I think she has some more good things to come. With Murff and Vessa, we have two outstanding freshman. They, along with Hill and Renken, give us a solid nucleus."

Joe Hall won his second consecutive Wyoming Invitational title on the men?s side by finishing the six-kilometer race in 18:10. Hall was an All-Western Athletic Conference runner last year, and looked very strong in winning by almost one whole minute. Hall was followed up by four Cowboys. Greg Schabron (19:01), Chris Jons (19:44), Cody Brown (20:25) and Nathan McLeland (20:27) completed the sweep for Wyoming.

"Joe Hall looked outstanding," said Judge. "His time sets him up as one of the best runners in the region and he's looking very strong as a contender to become the Mountain West champion. Greg Schabron also looked very strong, I feel that he and Joe will be a good 1-2 punch all year long. We had a great team effort and this was a good first race for us."

The next competition for Wyoming will be next Saturday, September 11 at the Colorado State Invitational. The meet is hosted by Colorado State University and will be held in Ft. Collins, Colo. Also competing in the meet will be Weber State University and the University of Colorado.

An open six-kilometer race was also run. It was open to runners of all ages. Winning the open race was Andy Shellenbarger, who finished with a time of 20:11.