Nov. 14, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming cross country teams are rested and fresh off their two-week break from the Mountain West Championships and are ready to compete in the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday at the Collindale Golf Course.
"Both teams are really coming off a nice week of training following the MWC Championships and this week we are really trying to taper and be as fresh as possible for this weekend," said UW head coach Randy Cole.
The women's 6k race will begin at 11 a.m. while the men are set to begin their 10k race at 11:45 a.m. This will be the first 10k race the men will run this season.
"With the longer race we need to keep our focus for that much longer and then finish the last two-miles strong," said Cole.
The Cowboys are led by senior two-time All-American Mark Korir who looks to qualify for his third NCAA Championship and be named the first three-time cross country All-American in Wyoming history. Korir is coming off his first MWC Championship and looks to finish in the top-four to be considered for the NCAA Championships.
The top-two teams from each region will be automatically selected to the NCAA Championships with 13 at-large teams selected from across the nation later. Out of those teams that are selected, they will take the top-four individuals that are not already on one of the teams that has automatically qualified.
"We will again be running against some stiff competition and if we can get a few to finish in the top-25 they will earn All-Mountain Region honors and that's something to shoot for," said Cole.
The Cowgirls are directed by junior Emily Higgins who finished the 2007 NCAA Regional meet in 31st-place with a time of 21:54. She has been followed by sophomore Alysha Davis all season long and both have a great chance to finish in the top-25.
"I really expect both teams to really push themselves and leave it all out on the course," said Cole. "We need to get after and beat the teams we are capable of beating and who knows what can happen with the rest of the field, it should be an exciting finish."