Wyoming Cross Country Teams to Resume Competition

Oct. 3, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Cowboys/Cowgirls Return to Competition: The University of Wyoming crosscountry teams, competing for the first time since the tragic automobileaccident Sept. 16, that claimed eight members of both the cross countryand track and field teams, will travel to Boulder, Colo., on Saturday,Oct. 6, to run in the Rocky Mountain Shootout.

The Wyoming men will run a full squad for the remainder of the seasonwhich includes five true long distance runners and three middle distancerunners who volunteered to come over from the track team to compete withthe cross country team.

Cowboy cross country team members Jason Delaney,(sophomore, Polson,Mont.), Arte Huhn, (freshman, Jackson, Wyo.) and Chris Jons, (senior,Lyman, Wyo.) are the remaining Poke runners from the original varsitysquad this season. They will be joined by sophomore Joel Hess(Glendale, Wisc.) and freshman Nick Smith (Big Piney, Wyo.), who weregoing to be redshirted for the 2001 cross country season and middledistance runners Carlon Harrison (sophomore, St. Catherine, Jamaica),Matt Hudson (freshman, Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and Jeremy Thompson(freshman, Aurora, Colo.) to round out the Cowboys' roster.

Jons will be looked upon to lead the Cowboys for the rest of theseason. In his two meets this year, he placed 16th in the Wyoming Openand 41st in the Colorado State Open. Huhn has also had a solid seasonand will help to pace the Cowboys. He placed 22nd in the Wyoming Openand 39th in the Colorado State Open.

The Cowgirls will also run a full squad at Boulder as they too returnfor their first race since Sept. 8. Freshman Jennifer Thompson fromCheyenne, Wyo., has been the top Cowgirl in its two meets earlier thisseason, placing 15th at the Wyoming Open and 30th at the Colorado StateOpen.

Sanchez Says: The following are quotes from Wyoming cross country coachJim Sanchez about the team continuing on with the 2001 cross countryseason:

"We as a team never formally met and decided right away if we weregoing to continue on. It was in the back of everybody's mind, and therewas no doubt we were going to continue on this season. We just needed alittle time to recover and gather ourselves.

"A week ago Monday we met and I asked the two distance runners whohadn't put the jersey on yet if they were ready to put the Cowboy flagon and they didn't hesitate, they said yes, so there we had five guys torun with. We have three middle distance runners, and I told them Iwasn't going to ask them if they were willing to run, they were going tocome to me. I didn't even get to the meeting when all three came to meand said they were willing to go. From there we were ready to go andmade it official this week.

"A few weeks ago our thinking was we'll take care of now, now and we'lltake care of later, later. Well now is later and we are taking care ofthings.

"The women's team is also starting to bounce back. We had a prettygood work out on Monday and we really didn't know how they were going toreact and all actually ended up running well.

"In Friday's meeting, I'm going to tell them that for a third of therace on Saturday they are going to have to run with their head and thenthe remaining two thirds they are going to have to run with theirheart. I still don't know how they are going to respond. We are justgoing to go out there and see what we can do.

" We're not doing much of a rah rah talk, we'll just go out there andsee what happens. I told the team last week that we need to get backinto the running, we are runners, this is what we do best. I think theyare responding really well and their true characters are starting tocome out."