Runners Geared for Mountain West

Oct. 24, 2012

2012 MW Cross Country Championships Central

LARAMIE, Wyo. - After a strong regular season in which the Wyoming cross country squads performed well through four meets, the runners will compete at the Mountain West Championship on Friday in Las Vegas.

The women's 6k race will begin at 11 a.m. MT, while the men's 8k is slated for 11:40 a.m. at the Silver Bowl Sports Complex and Park.

"We've had good workouts over the past two weeks since our race in California and we're in as good of shape as we can be right now," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "It's a new course for everyone, and it will be flat and fast. There's not a lot of turns; it's pretty straightforward and shouldn't require prior experience running on it."

New Mexico (No. 12 men, No. 17 women) has won the men's race the past three years, while the Lobo women have won the last four league titles.

"New Mexico is the heavy favorite going in," Berryhill said. "After that, you've got Colorado State, Boise State, Air Force, and Wyoming that will be shooting for the two to five spots. It's a pretty open race, so hopefully we'll give it our all and grab a high placement."

Sophomore Holly Page has led the Cowgirls in every race this season, including a first-place mark at the Montana State Invite and two second-place finishes, while Christine Nelson has been a consistent second runner for the team.

Redshirt freshman Aaron Derner and junior Garrett Zans have led the Cowboys throughout the year and look to guide the team to a strong finish on Friday.

"We'll just go in and do the best that we can," Berryhill said. "We were picked fifth in the preseason poll - we just need to go in and compete and fight for every individual spot and hopefully come out better than projected."

Complete results, recaps, race video, post-event interviews, and photo galleries will be available at the 2012 MW Cross Country Championships Central on