Harriers to Compete in Final Pre-Conference Race

Oct. 11, 2012

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - In a final tune up for the Mountain West championship races, the Wyoming cross country teams will compete at the Highlander Invitational in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday morning at UC Riverside's Ag-Ops Course.

The Cowgirls will run a 4k at 9 a.m. MT, while the Cowboys will run a 6k at 9:45 a.m.

"It will be hot, so I'm glad the races are early," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "Everything we've done so far this year is to get ready for conference and regionals. This particular meet is to give us a feel for running at sea level. It's part of the plan to be ready for conference in the best shape possible. We're healthy and ready to put in a good performance."

The competition will mainly feature Division II schools, although UC Irvine, USC and host UC Riverside will be running alongside Wyoming. The Ag-Ops Course is flat and fast, similar to what the teams will see in Las Vegas.

"This will be a good prep for the conference meet," Berryhill said. "Since it's a shorter course, it will give us a good sense of running fast at sea level. When you train at 7,000 feet, it's hard to get that turnover. It will be good to run fast and get that feeling for conference."

The MW Cross Country Championships take place Friday, Oct. 26, in Las Vegas.