Wyoming's Joe Hall Qualifies for the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships

Nov. 14, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming senior JoeHall has qualified for the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships afterplacing ninth and posting a season best time of 31:18.7 on the10-kilometer course at last weekends 2000 Mountain Region Cross CountryChampionships.

"This is great for Joe to be competing at the NCAA Championships," saidUW cross country coach Jim Sanchez. "His goal now is to try to earnAll-American honors, which is a high goal but very achievable for him."

The last Wyoming athlete to compete at the NCAA Cross CountryChampionships was Scott McDonald in 1996. Former Cowboy letterman and2000 Olympian Ryan Bolton of Gillette, Wyo., was the last WyomingAll-American in cross country, earning that honor after his 12th-placefinish at the 1995 NCAA Championships.

Hall, from Buffalo, Wyo., and teammate Greg Schabron, a senior fromLaramie, Wyo., both earned All-District Team honors for their efforts atthe Mountain Region Championships. Schabron placed 17th overall with atime of 31:42.8.

"I heard Joe mention to somebody after the district meet that when hefirst got to Wyoming his goal was to just make the team." Sanchezsaid. "He has come along way and he's worked extremely hard and it'spaid off for him. I'm very thrilled and proud of what Joe hasaccomplished."

Six teams qualified for the NCAA Championships from the MountainRegion, which is considered the most difficult region in the nation.All six teams athletes automatically qualify for the NCAA's. Fourindividuals outside of those six teams also qualified for the NCAAChampionships out of this region, which according to coach Sanchez isvery rare. Hall was the third individual to qualify. Schabron justmissed qualifying for the NCAA's, ending up one place short of the cutoff.

"As excited and as happy I was for Joe, I was equally disappointed forGreg. He missed making the NCAA meet by only three seconds. However,that takes nothing away from what Greg has accomplished this season, I'mvery proud of him." Sanchez said.

The 2000 NCAA Cross Country are being held in Ames, Iowa, on MondayNov. 20.