Cross Country Heads West for Utah Valley Invite

Sept. 11, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Following a promising start to the 2013 season, the University of Wyoming men's and women's cross country teams head west this weekend for the Utah Valley Invitational on Friday at Lakeside Park in Orem, Utah. The Cowboys will run a 4-mile race at 11 a.m. MT, while the Cowgirls will compete over a 5-kilometer course at 11:45 a.m. MT.

Wyoming opened its 2013 campaign at the Colorado State Invite last Friday. Sophomore Amos Bowen ran his first cross country race in brown and gold and paced the Cowboys to a second-place team finish with a fourth-place individual finish in 15:01. UW's next four runners crossed the line in 32 seconds, the smallest gap from one to five since the 2005 season. Junior Holly Page was the first Cowgirl to cross the finish line for the seventh-straight race with a second-place individual finish in 18:08. The Cowgirls placed fifth as a team.

"Our goal at Utah Valley is to progress and improve upon where we were last week," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "The goal every week is to continue to show improvement. Plus we get to see Utah State at this meet, which is good because they are new to the conference and we haven't raced them a whole lot in the past. This meet also gives Ali Walker a chance to race near her hometown, which is something we try to accomplish for all our athletes."

Last Time Out: Bowen and Page Pace UW Harriers in Season Opener
Sophomore Amos Bowen and junior Holly Page collected top-five finishes individually to pace the University of Wyoming cross country teams at the Colorado State Invitational last Friday night at Hughes Stadium. The Cowboys finished second with 65 points in the talented seven-team field, while the Cowgirls were fifth at 100 points.

Page led the women's 5-kilometer race with less than a mile to go, but was outkicked by an Air Force runner to finish second at 18:08, while Bowen covered the men's 5-kilometer course in 15:01 to claim fourth in his first cross country meet for the Pokes.

"Amos [Bowen] was definitely the surprise of the day," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We've been seeing his talent in practice, but it's nice to see that translate to a race. Overall the men had a very good pack from one to five and that's what we were looking for. The women put forth a good effort for a young team, but just have a lack of collegiate racing experience. They'll get that in the next few weeks. Holly [Page] had a great start to the season. She's fully into our training and came into this meet a little tired, but competed very well at the front of the field."

Senior Garrett Zans paced the Cowboy contingent for most of the race, before Bowen passed him in the final stretch. Zans finished seventh overall in 15:06 for the second Cowboy in the top 10. Sophomore Aaron Derner crossed the line in 15:16 for 13th, while senior Mike Banks was 16th at 15:18 and sophomore Mike Seas rounded out UW's scorers in 25th at 15:33. UW had just a 32-second gap from its first to fifth runner.

On the women's side, freshmen Megan Brunette and Ali Walker were UW's second and third runners. Brunette covered the course in 18:52 for 16th and Walker was right behind her at 18:58 for 20th. Sophomore Audra DeStefano was 30th in 19:16 and junior Devon England was UW's final scorer in 19:29 for 36th.

2013 Colorado State Invite
Men's Team Results
1. Air Force - 29
2. Wyoming - 65
3. Western State - 75
4. Colorado State - 81
5. Colorado Mines - 91
6. Metro State - 167
7. Northern Colorado - 224

Wyoming Men Individual Results
4. Amos Bowen - 15:01
7. Garrett Zans - 15:06
13. Aaron Derner - 15:16
16. Mike Banks - 15:18
25. Mike Seas - 15:33
36. Dylan Morin - 15:45
47. Michael Kesy - 15:53
65. Michael Rotellini - 16:15
105. Bryce Snow - 17:41

Women's Team Results
1. Air Force - 53
2. Colorado State - 75
3. Western State - 80
4. Metro State - 98
5. Wyoming - 100
6. Northern Colorado - 117
7. Colorado Mines - 170

Wyoming Women Individual Results
2. Holly Page - 18:08
16. Megan Brunette - 18:52
20. Ali Walker - 18:58
30. Audra DeStefano - 19:16
36. Devon England - 19:29
47. Emily Swigart - 19:56
50. Cassidy Meade - 20:01

Mind the Gap
The Wyoming men had just a 32-second gap from their first to fifth runner at last weekend's CSU Invite. The last time the Cowboys had a smaller gap was 25 seconds at the 2005 NCAA Mountain Regional Meet, where they finished 11th.

Zans Always Near the Front
Senior Garrett Zans has consistently been one of Wyoming's top distances runners in his four seasons with the program. In 19 career races, he has finished in UW's top three in all but one race and he has finished in UW's top two in 14. He has led the Cowboys in five races during his career, including the previous three races before being beaten by Amos Bowen at CSU.

Page is a Frontrunner
In her third season at Wyoming, junior Holly Page continues to be one of the top female distance runners. Page has paced the Cowgirls in the last seven cross country races, including all of the 2012 season. UW's second finisher has come within 30 seconds of Page just two times, including the closest of 23 seconds by Christine Nelson at last season's Highlander Invite. Page finished as UW's second runner in her first three career races in 2011 as a freshman.

Local Flavor
In stark contrast to the men's team, the 2013 Cowgirls feature several runners competing for their home state. Out of 20 student-athletes, 11 hail from Wyoming, while four are from neighboring states Colorado and Utah. Four runners on the 2013 roster are from Laramie.

Next Up
Wyoming continues the 2013 season at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 28 in Minneapolis, Minn. The men race at 11:20 a.m. MT, followed by the women at 12:10 p.m. MT.