Sept. 28, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Following the Always a Cowboy memorial event last weekend, the Wyoming cross country squads return to competitive action as they head to Boulder, Colo., to run at the 27th annual Rocky Mountain Shootout Saturday morning.
The Cowboys will compete in an 8k race at 9 a.m. at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course, while the Cowgirls will run a 5.8k at 9:45 a.m. The meet is hosted by the University of Colorado.
"We're in a pretty good spot and doing the little things to make sure we stay healthy," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "We ran at this event last year, so our older runners are familiar with the course and that should help with our times."
Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls placed second at last year's event.
"It's a tough course with lots of ups and downs," Berryhill said. "It's definitely a challenging course with its uneven footing. You can't fake a good run on it because it shows your true fitness level."
The event features several strong running programs, including host Colorado (No. 7 men, No. 15 women), Air Force, CSU, Northern Colorado and a wide range of regional Division II schools.
"Colorado is one of the top programs in the country, so they will present a huge challenge," Berryhill said. "The overall field is very strong, so there will be good competition for us to gauge how we are coming along."
Two weeks ago at the Montana State Invitational, Aaron Derner placed fourth to lead the Cowboys to a second-place finish in a five-mile run, while Holly Page's individual title in the three-mile helped the Cowgirls to a third-place finish.