Nov. 7, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Hoping for a strong finish to the 2012 season and potential bid to the national championship race, the Wyoming cross country teams compete at the NCAA Mountain Regional on Friday, Nov. 9, at Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo.
The women's 6k race will begin at 12 p.m. MT, while the men's 10k race will start at 1 p.m.
"We're healthy going into this race and hoping for a great finish to the season," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "Both the teams are ready for tough competition and to show that we can do better than we did at the conference race two weeks ago."
Holly Page, who finished fourth overall at the MW Championship to earn first team all-conference honors, will lead the Cowgirls at the regional as they will face the likes of No. 13 Weber State, No. 17 New Mexico and No. 24 Colorado as well as tough opponents in Colorado State and Air Force.
"Holly is running great as a sophomore and gaining confidence with every meet," Berryhill said. "That was the best finish by a Wyoming girl since the league began in 1999. She's a great example for the rest of our team. They're not far behind her in our training runs."
Junior Garrett Zans and redshirt freshman Aaron Derner will lead the Cowboys as both had solid finishes at the MW meet with respective 16th- and 26th-place finishes in Las Vegas. The Cowboys will face No. 2 Colorado, No. 7 BYU, No. 16 New Mexico and No. 18 Northern Arizona as well as other strong programs.
"The men are working well together and have reassessed their goals to finish strong Friday," Berryhill said. "We have good leadership under Garrett and Aaron and we've been training well. If they both finish in the top 20, they have a good chance to qualify as individuals."
There is no admission fee for Friday's race. The course is located nearest the intersection of Horsetooth Rd. and Lemay Ave. southeast of the Colorado State campus with parking located near the Collindale Clubhouse.
Of nine regions across the country, the top two teams from each region automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship, while 12 at-large teams are selected based on meet results throughout the year. The top four finishers not on qualifying teams can qualify for nationals as individual runners.
The NCAA Cross Country Championship races are set for Saturday, Nov. 17, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.