Mark Korir Wins Montana State Invitational

Sept. 15, 2007

BOZEMAN, Mont. -

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Junior Mark Korir won his second cross country meet of the season while the Cowboys finished fourth and the Cowgirls placed sixth at the Montana State Invitational on the Bridger Creek Golf Course in Bozeman, Mont. on Saturday.

Korir, for the second straight invitational, led all runners and set yet another course record with a time of 24:14, breaking the old record of 24:15.

"Mark is two for two in invitationals so far this year," said fifth year head coach Randy Cole. "It wasn't after four miles of battling before Mark took a noticeable lead over Utah State's Seth Wold and cruised to his second strait victory."

Along with Korir, freshman Greg Miller ran his first race ever as a Wyoming Cowboy and was the second runner to cross for the Pokes with an 18th place finish and a time of 25:38. Freshman Seth Grossman ran a time of 25:49, and junior Brett Schuler (25:50) continued to be very consistent. Taylor Kelting, 26:31, David Armentrout, 27:08 and David Siuta 27:57 rounded out the rest of the field for the Pokes. The Cowboys finished in fourth place and had four runners in the top 25.

Weber State captured the men's team title with 29 points. The Wildcats were followed by Montana 76, Utah State 79, MSU 107, Wyoming 107, Utah Valley 143, Idaho State 171, Big Sky Distance Project 257, Westminster 257, and Carroll College 282.

As for the women, the Cowgirls finished sixth overall. Senior Gretchen Johnson led the way for the Cowgirls with a fifth place time of 17:17, giving her three top-five finishes in her four year career. Sophomore Brenna Dooley finished with a time of 17:44 and a very solid 15th place finish. She was followed by freshman Emily Byra, 18:16, Erin Heffron, 18:20, Alysha Davis, 18:29, and Amber Wilson, 19:18.

"I was very pleased with the girls effort today, they ran against some stiff competition and didn't back down," said Coach Cole. "Sophomore Emily Heffron ran the best race of her young two year career."

Utah State captured the women's team title with 59 points. The Aggies were followed by Montana 73, Weber State 78, Utah 83, Utah Valley 112, Wyoming 124, MSU 163, Idaho State 245, MSU-Billings 284, Carroll College 309, Great Falls 314, Westminster 352, and Rocky Mountain College 390

"All in all, it was a good race on a great day against some great competition. It gives us some much needed experience against our Mountain Region foes, but we know we have a lot of room for improvement," said Cole.

The UW cross country team will now have two weeks to prepare for the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, Colo. on September 29th.