Wyoming Cross Country Travels to MWC Championships

Oct. 30, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming squads will compete this weekend at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Cascade Golf Course in Orem, Utah. The men's 8K race will begin at 10 a.m., while the women's 6K race will start at 11 a.m.

Sophomore, Greg Miller will lead the Cowboys while junior Alysha Davis will set the pace for the Cowgirls. Both have experience at the meet and know what they are up against.

"It's an exciting time and great opportunity for us to compete at the conference championships," said sixth-year UW head coach Randy Cole. "This is what we talk about all year long, and we are looking forward to putting out our best competitive effort of the season."

On the men's side, BYU is ranked seventh in the nation and is favored to take the team title, while 19th-ranked New Mexico will push them the whole way. Miller and the Cowboys will put their best foot forward and take the approach of going after one team at a time.

"We have to go after the teams that we are capable of beating and take shots at people ahead of us when we get there," said Cole. "Greg (Miller) and Taylor (Kelting) have a great shot at earning All-Conference honors as long as they stay close and have an opportunity to take a shot towards the end."

For the women, 21st-ranked BYU and 20th-ranked New Mexico will again be battling it out for the crown. However, Davis and the rest of the Cowgirls will be running in their tight pack just as they have all season.

"The women have been running in a real close pack all year and as long as we continue to get them to move up in the field we will have a very successful meet," said Cole. "It should be a real exciting battle towards the end, and as long as we can get everyone clicking on the same day we should compete."

Eight of the 14 Cowboys and Cowgirls competing at this year's Championships will be their first in their career, so there is much to learn for this season's squad.

Complete results and photos from the championship can be accessed following the conclusion of the event on the conference web site (TheMWC.com).