2000 Wyoming Cross Country Informational Press Release

Oct. 30, 2000


Next Up For UW Cross Country: A few members of the UW cross countryteam will travel to Ogden, Utah, Nov. 11, for the District VIIChampionships. The meet is a qualifying event for the NCAAChampionships.

Mountain West Conference Championships (Oct. 28): Wyoming seniors Joe Hall and Greg Schabron both earned All-Conferencehonors for their performances at the 2000 Mountain West Conference CrossCountry Championships, Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo.

Hall was the top runner for the Cowboys, placing fifth on theeight-kilometer course with a time of 25:44.7. Schabron also finishedin the top ten, placing ninth with a time of 25:44.7.

Colorado State's Bryan Berryhill won the men's race in a time of24:52.8.

The Cowboys placed fifth out of six teams with 126 points. BrighamYoung won the conference title with 30 points. CSU placed secondfollowed by Air Force in third and Utah in fourth. New Mexico finishedsixth.

Other Cowboy finishers were Cody Brown in 33rd (27:20.9), Chris Jons in39th (27:59.3), Kyle Johnson in 40th (28:08.9) and Nick Schabron in 42nd(29:53.1).

Cowgirl sophomore Jennifer Vessa paced the women's team with a24th-place finish on the six-kilometer course with a time of 22:59.6.Sophomore Kristy Murff was the next highest finisher for UW, finishingin 38th with a time of 23:29.9. Both times were season bests for thetwo.

BYU's Lindsey Thomsen won the individual title with a time of 20:49.7.

BYU swept four of the top five places to win the team championship with16 points. CSU placed second followed by Air Force in third. Wyomingplaced eighth out of eight teams with 177 points. Only eleven pointsseparated the fifth through eighth-place teams.

The remainder of the Cowgirl finishers were Leslie Jackson in 38th(23:42.8), Stephanie Hanks in 40th (23:57.5), Tara LaMay in 41st(24:06.3), Jennifer Mansell in 50th (25:08.3) and Mary Jones in 53rd(26:26.5).

Sanchez Says: The following are quotes from Wyoming head cross countrycoach Jim Sanchez about the Mountain West Conference Championships:

MEN- "The results were about what we expected. To have two of ourathletes finish in the top ten was very good for us. All our guys ranas hard as they could and gave the best possible effort they could."

WOMEN- "Going into the meet I thought the five through eight positionsin the team standings was going to be a toss-up and it ended up thatway. Unfortunately we ended up on the short end of it. We did the bestwe could, we just got out matured by much more experienced teams."