2000 Wyoming Cross Country Informational Press Release

Oct. 9, 2000


This Week: The Wyoming cross country teams took last weekend off inpreparation for the upcoming pre-NCAA Iowa State Invitational Oct. 14 inAmes, Iowa.

Rocky Mtn. Shootout (9/30): An ill and beaten up Wyoming cross countryteam competed at the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, Colo.,Saturday, Sept. 30. Both UW's men's and women's teams placed second inthe Division I results behind nationally ranked Colorado.

Senior Greg Schabron was the top individual finisher for the Cowboys,placing eighth on the eight-kilometer course with a time of 26:50.Schabron was followed by Chris Jons, who ran one of his stronger racesof the season, placing ninth (27:31).

Joe Hall placed 11th (28:33) despite running with the stomach flu.Cody Brown placed 15th (29:23), Kyle Johnson finished 16th (29:34) andNick Schabron placed 23rd (32:00).

The Cowgirls were competing without two of their top runners, KristyMurff and Galena Ackerman, who are both resting injuries.

Sophomore Jennifer Vessa led the way for UW's women with aneighth-place finish on the 5.7-kilometer course with a time of 23:38.She was followed by Stephanie Hanks in ninth (24:34), Leslie Jackson in10th (24:40), Jennifer Mansell in 11th (24:52) and Mary Jones in 15th(26:40).

Roy Griak Invitational (9/23): Cowboy senior Joe Hall continued hisstrong season with a 20th-place finish on the eight-kilometer course(24:54) at the Roy Griak Invitational held at St. Paul, Minn.

The meet, one of the top three in the nation, featured 31 men's teamsand 29 women's teams. As a team the UW men finished 25th while thewomen placed 28th. Providence College won the men's team title with theUniversity of Minnesota winning the women's portion.

A very young Cowgirl squad ran a six-kilometer course with sophomoreJennifer Vessa leading the way with her 122nd-place (23:11) showing.

Sanchez Says: The following are quotes from Wyoming head cross countrycoach Jim Sanchez after the Rocky Mountain Shootout :"As a team I guess the plus from this meet was that some of the peoplewe haven't hears from or who haven't done much this season are startingto come around and compete well."

MEN- "It was hard to put a team concept together from the point thatsome of our people who had been doing the job for us this season weresick. We don't have much depth and when you have two people sick it'shard to see a complete team result."

WOMEN- "As with our prior meets this season, our progress isn't reallybeing seen in the overall team standings. However, little by little weare seeing improvements with our athletes as far as running better andsmarter races."