Cross Country

Wyoming Finishes Season at NCAA Region Championship

<b>Junior Jason Delany finished the 10k event in 34:21.</b><br>

Junior Jason Delany finished the 10k event in 34:21.

Nov. 16, 2002


The University of Wyoming cross country teams concluded their 2002 season Saturday with competition at the NCAA Region Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Cowboys finished the 10-kilometer event 15th out of 18 teams while in the 6-kilometer race the Cowgirls placed 13th out of 17 teams.

The defending national champion BYU Cougars captured the women's title by finishing five runners in the top ten places. The men's championship went to Northern Arizona University out of the Big Sky Conference.

Sophomore Ashley Mecham led the Cowgirls finishing 57th out of 123 runners with a time of 22:51. Following Mecham was sophomore Jennifer Thompson in 61st (22:59), senior Stephanie Hanks in 65th (23:02), sophomore Natalie Kean in 83rd (23:31), and freshman Elena Helmrick in 87th (23:38). Other Cowgirls that competed but did not score points were freshman Christine Michel (101st, 24:15) and freshman Emeral Reid (104th, 24:22).

The Cowboys were paced by sophomore Amasa Mecham who finished in 56th place with a time of 31:56. Behind Mecham was freshman Brian Knight in 65th place with a time of 32:32. Other Cowboys finishers were freshman Michel Huntington (71st, 32:42), junior Jason Delany (94th, 34:21), and junior Joel Hess (99th, 34:44). Also running for the Cowboys but coming up short of points were sophomore Jeremy Thompson (101st, 34:51) and sophomore Arte Huhn (104th, 35:18).

"The girls did a good job, we had the top three run pretty tight and the four and five runners were not that far behind, so we had nice spacing. The only problem is that there are so many good teams in this region, considering everything else we ran a solid race," said head cross country coach Jim Sanchez following the meet.

"Our guys were only three strong, we had to leave a couple of runners at home due to injuries but those things happen, so that cost us a few places. We need to mature and get better because we are in one of the toughest regions in the country, but we are slowly progressing and that is promising."



Team Results

Men Women

1. Northern Arizona 74 1. BYU 29 2. Colorado 93 2. Colorado 66 3. BYU 99 3. Northern Arizona 90 4. Weber State 128 4. Colorado State 99 5. Montana State 130 5. Weber State 105 6. Colorado State 180 6. Air Force 209 7. New Mexico 186 7. Montana State 219 8. Utah State 203 8. Utah State 220 9. Utah 214 9. Utah 235 10. Air Force 215 10. Texas Tech 269 11. UTEP 217 11. Southern Utah 307 12. Montana 337 12. Montana 311 13. Idaho State 363 13. Wyoming 353 14. Southern Utah 379 14. Nevada 358 15. Wyoming 387 15. New Mexico 417 16. Texas Tech 455 16. Idaho State 452 17. New Mexico State 503 17. Denver 528 18. Denver 546

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