Cross Country Travels to Highlander Invite This Weekend
Oct. 17, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's cross country teams will head to sea level this weekend to compete at the Highlander Invite on Saturday in Riverside, Calif. The Cowboys race a 6-kilometer course at 9 a.m. MT, while the Cowgirls run 5 kilometers at 9:30 a.m. MT.
Wyoming last competed three weekends ago at the Roy Griak Invite in Minneapolis. Senior Garrett Zans placed 40th individually to pace the Cowboys to 11th in the team standings, while junior Holly Page was 61st to help the Cowgirls take 19th.
"After having three weekends off, we hope this meet is a confidence builder for our program," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We've been training hard and will train through this meet, but we hope to run fast with the race being at sea level and a shorter distance. Our ultimate goal is still to run well at the meet after this one, the conference."
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"The men came in here and fought hard," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We had a 22-second split which is by far the best we've had in the last two years. We keep that up and move that pack up 10-15 seconds and we are really getting somewhere. The women's race was stacked today, but we fought hard, though. We have a young team and you always get a little scared with a young team when you have 350 athletes on the starting line."
Senior Garrett Zans led the Cowboys for the second time this season and seventh time in his career with a 25:08 over the 8-kilometer course to finish 40th overall in the field of 246 runners. Sophomore Amos Bowen crossed the line in 25:13 for 46th, followed five seconds later by senior Mike Banks in 53rd. Sophomore Aaron Derner placed 61st in 25:22 and sophomore Mike Seas rounded out UW's scorers in 61st at 25:30. UW had just a 22-second gap between its first to fifth runner to help the Cowboys finish just four places behind No. 24 North Carolina State.
"The men beat some really solid teams today and finished right behind a ranked team," Berryhill said. "If we have a couple guys run a couple seconds faster we beat a national-ranked team. Overall, a good, solid effort on the guy's side today."
Junior Holly Page paced the Cowgirls for a ninth-consecutive race and placed 61st overall in 22:13 against a very competitive field of 300 runners on the 6-kilometer course. Freshman Megan Brunette finished 10 seconds behind Page in 99th, while sophomore Audra DeStefano was 147th in 23:03. Junior Devon England crossed the line one second later for 149th and freshman Ali Walker was 167th in 23:11.
"Megan Brunette really stood out on the women's side," Berryhill said. "She started maybe 170th at the mile and ended up catching about 100 people by the finish line. For a young team, today's performance was okay, but we have a lot of work to do."
2013 Roy Griak Invite Men's Team Results 1. No. 4 BYU - 62 2. Colorado State - 74 3. No. 29 Arizona State - 139 4. Adams State - 147 5. Oklahoma - 152 11. Wyoming - 263
Wyoming Men Individual Results 40. Garrett Zans - 25:08 46. Amos Bowen - 25:13 53. Mike Banks - 25:18 61. Aaron Derner - 25:22 69. Mike Seas - 25:30 148. Dylan Morin - 26:10 206. Michael Rotellini - 26:58 216. Michael Kesy - 27:13
Women's Team Results 1. No. 5 Arizona - 48 2. No. 13 Michigan State - 72 3. No. 29 Butler - 94 4. No. 19 Minnesota - 104 5. No. 26 Iowa State - 119 19. Wyoming - 527
Wyoming Women Individual Results 61. Holly Page - 22:13 99. Megan Brunette - 22:33 147. Audra DeStefano - 23:03 149. Devon England - 23:04 167. Ali Walker - 23:11 202. Emily Swigart - 23:32 253. Cassidy Meade - 24:26 274. Mary Kozlowski - 25:05
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Page topped 52 fellow competitors at the Utah Valley Invitational in Orem, Utah, to claim her second career individual title and pace the Cowgirls to their first team title since 2004. The junior finished the 5-kilometer course in 18:03 for her first win since last season's Montana State Invitational. Her time is the second-fastest 5k in the MW this season.
At the time, she has led Wyoming in each of the last eight cross country races, including all of the 2012 season. UW's second finisher had come within Page just three times during that stretch, including the closest of 21 seconds by Audra DeStefano at Utah Valley. Page was the first Cowgirl to earn MW Cross Country AOW since Christine Nelson on Sept. 21, 2010.
Zans claimed the men's individual title in Orem, as his first collegiate win in cross country helped the Cowboys win the team title as well. The senior bested the 46-person field over the 6-kilometer course in a time of 18:08 for the first individual title for a Cowboy since Mark Korir won the 2008 MW Championships. Zans' time was the fourth fastest by a UW runner over a 6-kilometer course since 1990 and was the fastest 6k in the MW at the time.
Wyoming's team title was its first since the first meet of the 2011 season. In 20 career races, Zans had finished in UW's top three in all but one race and had finished in UW's top two in 15. He had led Wyoming in six races during his career. Zans was the first Cowboy to earn MW Cross Country AOW since Mark Korir on Oct. 21, 2008.
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