Sept. 14, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The UW cross country program will compete in its second event of the season Saturday in the Woody Greeno Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
Last year, the Wyoming men won the team title for the first time in the history of the event with 33 points, beating the reigning champs from Nebraska, which finished with 34 points.
Several current team members were on the winning team, including senior Greg Miller, who was the top finisher for the Cowboys, crossing the line in fourth place. It was senior Nick Ekel's first race as a Cowboy, and he was fifth. Sophomore Garrett Zans finished seventh, while junior Michael Banks was 22nd.
The Wyoming women finished second in the university standings and fourth overall with 58 points. Junior Brooke Hughes finished 37th, junior Felicia McAfee was 38th, sophomore Emily Swigart was 70th, and sophomore Andrea Klimowski was 77th.
Both teams now have some young talent joining the ranks, and the squads are eager to get back into competition after a week off.
"The team really enjoyed competing there last year and all the returners really liked the course and the meet," Wyoming coach Randy Cole said. "It gives us a nice, big-meet atmosphere with a lot of teams and a good crowd.
"The competition is solid but not overwhelming. That's going to give us a chance to run on a true cross country course in a big field of runners. What we've been working on is closing the gaps between our (first and fifth) runners, both men and women. We're looking to see if we can turn in what we've been working on since our last meet."
The action begins with the men's race at 10 a.m. Central (9 a.m. Mountain), followed by the women's race at 10:45 a.m. (9:45 a.m. Mountain).