Teams Conclude Season at NCAA Regional
Nov. 9, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Seeking a strong finish to the 2012 campaign, the Wyoming cross country teams competed well at the NCAA Mountain Regional Friday afternoon at Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo.
The Cowboys finished the 10k race in 13th place overall with 283 points, while the Cowgirls placed 14th in their 6k race with 364 points.
"I'm proud of the way our teams fought and competed," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "A few of the runners were battling the flu or other illnesses this week, but they came out and gave their best effort and represented the program well."
Garrett Zans and Aaron Derner were the first Cowboys to finish with respective 29th- and 49th-place finishes, while senior Michael Banks came in 59th in 31:53.9. Freshmen Mike Seas and Alex Pawlak also scored points for the team with their respective 63rd- and 83rd-place marks. Senior Tyler Gifford (33:26.8) and junior Ken Lane (33:42.4) also competed well for the Cowboys.
"I thought the men responded well today following the conference race," said Berryhill. "Our guys fought hard and I'm proud of them for that. To have three freshmen running their first 10k's of the year and scoring points for us is a huge accomplishment. I'm glad they're all returning next year so we can only get better from here moving forward."
Sophomore Holly Page continued to lead the Cowgirls as she placed 28th overall in 21:21.2. Devon England came in 57th in 22:02.7 with Christine Nelson placing 88th in 22:53.4. Seniors Abi Bever and Brooke Hughes scored the remaining team points with their respective 89th- and 102nd-place finishes. Emily Swigart (23:25.0) and Jessica Lemaster (24:06.7) also ran for the Cowgirls.
"Holly had a good race today," Berryhill said. "She has made a huge jump in her personal progress this year after a great season last year and has really helped the team along. The girls gave their best effort and battled hard so we'll take it."
No. 18 Northern Arizona won the men's race with 56 points with No. 7 BYU following with 68, while No. 13 Weber State and No. 17 New Mexico were the top finishers of the women's race. Individually, Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka won the men's 10k in 29:36.8, while UTEP's Risper Kimaiyo won the women's 6k in 20:10.8.
The NCAA Cross Country Championship races are set for Saturday, Nov. 17, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.