Wyoming Sweeps Individual and Team Titles at Utah Valley
Sept. 13, 2013
OREM, Utah -
Senior Garrett Zans and junior Holly Page swept the individual races to help the University of Wyoming men's and women's cross country teams capture both team titles at the Utah Valley Invitational on Friday at Lakeside Park. The last time Wyoming won both the men's and women's race at one meet was Mark Korir and Emily Higgins at the 2008 Montana State Invitational.
"Both our men and women showed a lot of improvement from last weekend's races and to get better every week is really our goal throughout the whole season," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Today was extra special for the women because they had a subpar race last time out and then came back and ran pretty well today."
Zans brought home the 46-person field in 18:08 to claim the first individual title for a Cowboy since Mark Korir won the 2008 Mountain West Championships. Zans' time was the fourth fastest by a UW runner over a 6-kilometer course since 1990. Fellow senior Mike Banks was runner-up in 18:22, while sophomore Aaron Derner gave UW three runners in the top four with a fourth-place finish in 18:31. Sophomore Amos Bowen crossed the line at 18:50 for 11th and freshman Michael Rotellini rounded out UW's scorers in 13th at 18:52. The men's race was shortened from 4 miles to 6 kilometers due to wet conditions on the course, but that didn't stop the Cowboys from claiming their first team title since the opening meet of the 2011 season.
On the women's side, Page topped 52 fellow competitors over the 5-kilometer course in 18:03 to claim her second career individual title. She also won last season's Montana State Invitational. Sophomore Audra DeStefano was runner-up at 18:24, while freshman Megan Brunette placed fifth in 18:39 to help the women place three runners in the top five as well. Junior Devon England was 15th in 19:06 and freshman Ali Walker rounded out UW's scorers at 19:16 for 21st. The team title for the Cowgirls was their first since 2004.
"Wins for Garrett [Zans] and Holly [Page] today were huge for their confidence level," Berryhill said. "Especially for Garrett since it was his first at the collegiate level. He can really translate that into some of the bigger meets we travel to now. Audra [DeStefano] and Megan [Brunette] were really the heart and soul of the women's team today. They worked together the whole race and it was great to see them run with such confidence. Mike [Banks] and Aaron [Derner] really did the same on the men's side."
Wyoming is off next weekend, before returning to action at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 28 in Minneapolis, Minn.
2013 Utah Valley Invite
Wyoming Men Individual Results
Women's Team Results
Wyoming Women Individual Results