Despite Delay, Wyoming Cross Country Opens Season Hosting UW Invitational
Sept. 4, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming cross country teams began their 2009 season on Friday in Laramie by hosting the Wyoming Invitational, despite a late evening lightning storm that pushed back the start time by one hour.
When the lightning cleared the women began the event in record breaking fashion as Ellie Rastall from Colorado State set a new course record with a time of 14:30. That mark was 12 seconds faster than the previous course best, set in 2007.
Rastall led CSU to a first place finish (30 points), over Utah Valley (31 points), Northern Colorado followed in third with 85 points and Wyoming finished fourth with 89 points.
On the men's side, Dan Wallis of Colorado State finished first with a time of 22:10.3, and CSU also came away with the men's title with 21 points. Utah Valley finished second with 42 points, Wyoming followed with 71 points and Northern Colorado rounded out the field with 113 points.
"Everyone showed a great deal of patience with the delay. From the fans to the players and coaches," said UW head coach Randy Cole. "We had a great deal of support from the men's swimming and diving team along with many fans who stuck it out through the delay which made for an exciting race."
The Cowgirls were led by junior Alysha Davis with a time of 15:38 good for tenth place. She was followed closely by fellow junior Emily Byra in 13th place with a time of 15:45. The next three Cowgirls to cross the line competed in their first meet in the brown and gold uniforms of UW. Francis Gipson, Maya Martinez and Felicia McAfee finished 20th, 23rd and 34th respectively.
"Alysha established her position in the front of the pack and ran a very solid first race of the season," said Cole. "Colorado State has a good team with some national caliber type talent and we saw a taste of that today."
As for the men, sophomore Greg Miller finished in eighth place with a time of 22:33 and was followed by junior Taylor Kelting in 11th place with a time of 22:54. Sophomore Ryan Griesbach and Tyler Gifford finished 21st and 23rd respectively for the `Pokes.
"Greg and Taylor came out very patient and finished the first race of the season with a solid finish," said Cole. "Our young guys need to continue to get physically stronger and that will come with time and hard work, but overall I am extremely happy with our first race."
In their next race, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., to compete in the Colorado State Invitational on September 19th.
Women's Head-To-Head Dual Records
Colorado State 27
Colorado State 16
Colorado State 17
Utah Valley 16
Utah Valley 17
Northern Colo. 27
Men's Head-To-Head Dual Records
Colorado State 20
Colorado State 17
Colorado State 15
Utah Valley 20
Utah Valley 15