Cowboy and Cowgirl Harriers Head to Pre-National Invite

Oct. 17, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

It has been two weeks since the University of Wyoming cross country team has taken to the course, three weeks for some, as the UW team head to the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., this Saturday, Oct. 18.

The meet will be the first for the Cowboy and Cowgirl upper-classmen since Sept. 27th at the Roy Griak Invite where both teams finished 12th in the packed field. Two weeks ago was the last meet, as the UW freshman ran the Rocky Mountain Shootout course. The competition does not get any easier this weekend as there will be 90+ schools from all around the nation at this very exciting meet. In last year's meet senior Mark Korir finished the race in 20th place out of 261 runners.

"We have had a nice block of training, and their intensity is starting to pick back up as we gear up for this weekend," said UW head coach Randy Cole.

The meet is broken up into three races each for the men and women: a white race, a blue race and an open race. The Cowboys will be running in the blue race as they are paired up with 10 teams in the top-30 including the second ranked team in the nation, the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

"Our guys are excited to see what they can do against the big dogs," said Cole.

The Cowgirls will run in the open race against Iona, Rutgers and any individuals from the other schools.

"For the girls, it will simulate more of the size of field they will run against in the Mountain West Conference Championships," said Cole. "It will help teach them how to run as a team and come closer in competition."

"This will be a great experience for our young kids to see a national meet and how they are run by some of the best in the nation," finished Cole.

The women's race will begin at 11 a.m. with each race following by 40-minutes.