Nov. 16, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Wyoming's Garrett Zans has earned one of the four individual bids from the Mountain Region to compete at the 2013 NCAA Championships, the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee announced on Saturday. The senior becomes the first Wyoming runner to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships since Mark Korir in 2008.
"For Garrett, being a Wyoming kid and coming to this university, getting to the NCAA Championships as a senior is an amazing accomplishment for him personally and our program," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "It is a huge step forward for us to be represented at the national meet. Whether you are there as a team or as an individual, it's important to be represented year in and year out and this is a start for us."
A native of Rock Springs, Zans was the fourth individual not on a qualify team at Friday's NCAA Mountain Regional in Ogden, Utah. His 29:50 over the 10-kilometer course was good for 14th overall and was the fastest time by a Cowboy since Korir's 29:33 at the 2008 NCAA Mountain Regional. Colorado and Northern Arizona earned the region's two automatic team qualifying spots, while Air Force, BYU, Colorado State and New Mexico earned at-large team bids on Saturday. Texas Tech, UTEP and Southern Utah will also send individuals from the Mountain Region.
The NCAA Championships will be hosted by Indiana State on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. The men's race will begin at 10 a.m. MT. A live webcast of the championships will be available on NCAA.com.