2000 Wyoming Cross Country Informational Press Release

Sept. 12, 2000


2000 Wyoming Cross Country

Next Up: The women's cross country team will travel to Denver, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 16, to compete against Denver University. The men's team will take a week off before traveling to Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 23, for the Roy Griak Invite.

Colorado State Open: The Wyoming cross country teams competed at the CSU Open in Fort Collins, Colo., Saturday. Seven schools participated in the CSU Open, including five Mountain West Conference schools (Air Force, CSU, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming).

Senior Joe Hall had another strong outing placing second in the eight-kilometer race just behind Utah's Teren Jameson with a time of 25:23.1. Jameson outkicked Hall at the finish to win by under two seconds.

As a team, the Cowboys placed fifth with 119 points. Western State College won with CSU Open with 27 points.

Senior Greg Schabron was the only other UW runner to finish in the top twenty with his 14th-place showing (26:15.8).

The Wyoming women's team placed sixth but were running without one of its top athletes, Galena Ackerman, who was injured. UW finished with 148 team points. CSU won the women's six-kilometer race with 25 points.

Gillette sophomores Jennifer Vessa (23:20.0) and Kristy Murff (23:33.6) were the top Cowgirl finishers placing 20th and 23rd respectively.

Wyoming Invitational: Joe Hall opened up the 2000 cross county season with a victory at the Wyoming Invitational on Sept 1. Teammate Greg Schabron placed a close second. The Cowboys placed second in the three team meet behind Colorado State.

The Cowgirls also placed second behind Northern Colorado. Kristy Murff paced all UW runners with a ninth-place finish. Sophomore Galena Ackerman placed 11th and sophomore Jennifer Vessa finished 12th.

Sanchez Says: The following are quotes from Wyoming head cross country coach Jim Sanchez after the CSU Open:

MEN - "Other than Joe Hall, who ran an outstanding race, we ran just fair. We're starting to put things together though. Obviously when we look at some of the other programs we have a long way to go, but we now know where we stand in the conference and we can work on trying to close the gap."

WOMEN - "We did about we expected on the women's side. We ran fair but like the men we have now established a pecking order in the conference now and we know where we stand. We have a lot of work to do but at the same time we did get some positive things done."