Cross Country

Wyoming Cross Country Ready to Kick Off the Season

Felicia McAfee is one of several returning runners who hope to make good contributions to the Cowgirl team this season.

Felicia McAfee is one of several returning runners who hope to make good contributions to the Cowgirl team this season.

Sept. 1, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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    The University of Wyoming cross country teams are set to begin the 2010-11 season with a meet in the friendly confines of southeast Wyoming.

    The Pokes will host three teams at the Wyoming Invitational at Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday for the women and 6:30 p.m. for the men.

    After several weeks of practice, Wyoming head coach Randy Cole is eager to see how his teams approach an actual race.

    "It's a rust-buster," Cole said. "We'll be assessing where we're at. It's about getting into the routine and process."

    Wyoming will be joined by teams from Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Utah Valley. There will be a high school girls and boys race preceding the college races. Those races will begin at 4:45 and 5:15 p.m., respectively.

    The Cowboys finished third last season in the event and Greg Miller led the way for Wyoming with an eighth-place showing. The Cowgirls were fourth and Alysha Davis finished 10th in the race.

    Senior Taylor Kelting will lead the Wyoming men, along with Miller and junior Ryan Griesbach, a former winner of the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year award in 2008. A highly touted freshman from Rock Springs, Wyo., Garrett Zans, will make his debut in a Wyoming uniform.

    The women have two seniors to lean on this season. Davis and Francis Gipson will provide leadership, and sophomores like Felicia McAfee, Maya Martinez and Brooke Hughes should make solid contributions. Freshmen Christine Nelson, Andrea Klimowski and Emily Swigart will run in their first collegiate race for the Cowgirls.

    Cole stressed the overall result wasn't as important as showing poise early in the season.

    "I'm not expecting them to break any Olympic records," he said. "I want them to run solid, aggressive and smart. I'd like to see their competitive instinct.

    "It's a nice kickoff. We're looking forward to it."

    The men will run a 6.8k race while the women will run a 4k. Results can be found on this web site.

    Wyoming also will host the Mountain West Conference Championships on Oct. 29.

     

     

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