LARAMIE, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming cross country team is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Montana State-Bozeman Running Company Invitational after a two-week break from competition. Saturday’s field features a number of regional foes while the next two events on Wyoming’s schedule, the Roy Griak Invitational and Pre-Nationals, will include teams from across the nation.
Utah State will be Wyoming’s lone conference opponent in Bozeman. The Aggies are ranked eighth in the USTFCCCA Mountain Region on the women’s side, while USU’s men’s squad falls outside the top 15. Weber State is the highest regionally ranked opponent in both the men’s and women’s fields on Saturday, with the Wildcat men checking in at No. 10 in the USTFCCCA Mountain Region while the women are ranked fourth.
UW’s freshman harriers contributed impressive collegiate debuts at the CSU Invite on Sept. 2, highlighted by Kacey Doner’s team-leading performance for the Cowgirls. Doner was the top freshman in the women’s field, outpacing the next-best freshman finisher by a whopping 27 seconds while finishing in 18 minutes, 28 seconds. She was one of only two freshmen in the women’s field to finish as her team’s lead runner. Freshman Calbi Ausmann also made the Cowgirls’ top five, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 19:03.
Meanwhile, freshman Harry Ewing was the Cowboys’ fourth finisher in his first collegiate race after coming to UW from New Zealand. Ewing finished the 5-kilometer course in 15:54, taking 32nd among collegiate competitors.
The Wyoming Cowgirls posted the lowest pack split of any women’s team at the CSU Invite, with just 35 seconds ticking off the clock between the finishes of Kacey Doner (UW’s No. 1 finisher) and Calbi Ausmann (UW’s No. 5 finisher). Northern Colorado had the next-best pack split at 43 seconds, while Air Force and Colorado State each recorded 56-second spans between their first and fifth runners crossing the finish line.
Cowboys Ninth, Cowgirls 11th in USTFCCCA Week 1 Mountain Region Rankings
The Wyoming men’s and women’s squads remained stationary in the USTFCCCA Week 1 Mountain Region Rankings, with the Cowboys checking in at No. 9 and the Cowgirls coming in at No. 11. The men’s Mountain Region rankings were entirely unchanged from the preseason rankings, while the women’s rankings featured a couple of minor shake-ups after the first week of meets. Weber State, who the Cowgirls will compete against in Bozeman this weekend, dropped to fourth in the Mountain Region after being ranked third in the preseason. Meanwhile, conference foe Nevada jumped from 15th to 13th and BYU moved up one spot from fourth to third. The Cowgirls are currently ranked fifth among MW institutions in the Mountain Region while the Cowboys are fourth among MW schools in the region.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls head to St. Paul, Minn., for the 31st annual Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. As of Sept. 6, 38 Division I teams will be competing at the meet. Live streaming of the races is available via paid subscription to FloTrack.