Cross Country Teams Compete In MWC Championships Saturday

Oct. 22, 2001

MWC Championships (Oct. 27): The University of Wyoming Cowboy andCowgirl cross country teams will compete at the Mountain West ConferenceCross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Last year in Fort Collins, Colo., the Cowboys placed fifth out of sixteams at the championships. Joe Hall led the Pokes with a fifth-placefinish. The Cowgirls finished eighth out of eight teams. SophomoreJennifer Vessa paced the Cowgirls with a 24th-place finish.

Sanchez Says
The following are quotes from Wyoming cross country coachJim Sanchez about the upcoming Mountain West Conference Cross CountryChampionships:

Women - "Going into this season we had our top five runners returningfrom last years team. However, we are only down to one of those runnersleft because of injuries. We have been running under a lot of adversitythis season because of our injuries. Our younger girls and our middledistance runners have really stepped it up and adapted well to runningat a collegiate level."

Men - "It's obvious. We've been through a lot this season so really Idon't have any expectations. I'm hoping we move to the front of thepack as a group and from there we will see what happens."

"The level of competition in our conference is as good as it gets inthe country. It's a tough field to compete in with three of the nationstop 25 teams in Air Force, BYU and Colorado State."

Utah State Invitational (Oct. 12):The University of Wyoming crosscountry teams competed in their final tune-up event before the MountainWest Conference Championships at the Utah State Invitational in Logan,Utah, on Friday, Oct. 12.

Competing against five division I schools, the Wyoming men placed fifthwith 129 total points and the women finished fourth with 93 points.Host school Utah State University won both the men's and women's teamraces with 20 and 32 points respectively.

Senior Chris Jons paced the Cowboys with a 19th-place finish on theeight-kilometer course with a time of 25:02.10. Rounding out the topfive finishers for UW were Joel Hess in 25th, Arte Huhn in 26th, MattHudson in 27th and Jeremy Thompson in 32nd.

Cowgirl freshman Leslie Hayman placed 11th with a time of 18:34.30 onthe five-kilometer course to lead the Wyoming women. Hayman wasfollowed by Ashley Mecham in 13th, Jennifer Thompson in 20th, Linzy Vasein 22nd and Stephanie Hanks in 27th.

Rocky Mountain Shootout (Oct. 6) : The University of Wyoming crosscountry teams returned to competition at the Rocky Mountain Shootout inBoulder, Colo., Oct. 6, for the first time since the tragic automobileaccident Sept. 16, which claimed the lives of eight UW cross country andtrack and field team members.

The Wyoming men placed third out of four teams with 76 points.Sophomore Jason Delaney was the first Cowboy to cross the finish lineplacing ninth overall with a time of 27:10 on the 8-kilometer course. The Cowgirls placed second out of three teams with 60 points. FreshmanJennifer Thompson led the UW women with an eighth-place finish in the5.8-kilometer course with a time of 23:45.

Cowboys to Continue to Run This Season: The Wyoming men will run a fullsquad for the remainder of the season which includes five true longdistance runners and three middle distance runners who volunteered tocome over from the track team to compete with the cross country team.

Cowboy cross country team members Jason Delaney (sophomore), Arte Huhn(freshman) and Chris Jons (senior), are the remaining Poke runners fromthe original varsity squad this season. They will be joined bysophomore Joel Hess and freshman Nick Smith, who were going to beredshirted for the 2001 cross country season and middle distance runnersCarlon Harrison (sophomore), Matt Hudson (freshman) and Jeremy Thompson(freshman) to round out the Cowboys' roster.