Cross Country

Wyoming Cross Country Teams Finish Strong at Pre-MWC Championships

Junior Natalie Kean finished 11th overall with a time of 23:22.

Junior Natalie Kean finished 11th overall with a time of 23:22.

Oct. 4, 2003

San Diego, Calif. (October 4, 2003)-- The University of Wyoming cross country teams competed at the Pre-MWC Championship meet Saturday in San Diego, Calif. The Cowboy harriers captured second place with 49 points while the Cowgirls placed third with 81 points.

The pre-MWC meet allows competitors to get used to the course which they will also run on Nov. 1, when San Diego State hosts the MWC championship meet for the first time in the conference's five-year history.

Leading the Cowboys was sophomore Brian Knight who beat all competitors in the 8-kilometer race with a time of 26:09. Knight's first place finish is the first of his Cowboy career. Freshman Jason Sanders trailed Knight to finish ninth with a time of 26:57. Sophomore Ragen Driver set a personal best mark with an 11th place finish and a time of 27:08. Other UW runners that helped lead the Pokes to their best finish of the season was senior Jason Delaney (13th place, 27:14), junior Jeremy Thompson (16th place, 27:52) and sophomore Brian Harnish (17th place, 28:02).

Five Cowgirls finished in the top 20 in the women's 6-kilometer race. Pacing the Cowgirls was junior Natalie Kean who finished 11th overall with a time of 23:22. Sophomore Tanice Barnett crossed the finish line in 23:33 to finish 13th. Sophomore Emerald Reid, junior Ashley Pederson and sophomore Christine Michel finished in 18th (24:03), 19th (24:03) and 20th (24:05), respectively. Junior Rachel Stacy bettered her season best time in the 6k by ten seconds with her 24:18 performance which placed her 23rd. Sophomores Kristen Brauneis and Elena Helmerick rounded out the Cowgirls finishing 27th (24:59) and 34th (25:51).

Another group of Cowgirl runners competed at the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, Colo. on Saturday. Wyoming finished third out of three teams in the Division I category. Freshman Lauren Tonoli finished 11th in the 6-kilometer race with a time of 24:38 to pace the Cowgirl squad. Other UW runners that competed was sophomore Maggie Diller (13th, 24:51), senior Jennifer Mansell (14th, 24:52), sophomore Shannon Obermire (17th, 25:35), junior Jessica Johnson (19th, 26:33) and sophomore Amber Barlow (20th, 27:07).



The Cowboy and Cowgirl harriers will next compete at the Dan Libera Memorial on Oct. 11 in Greeley, Colo.

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