LARAMIE, Wyo. (October 17, 2019) – The Wyoming men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete at different races this weekend for the first and only time this season. The No. 30-ranked Cowboys will run at Noon (MT) on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Wisconsin-hosted Nuttycombe Invitational. The Cowgirls will compete at the Santa Clara-hosted Bronco Invitational at 10:30 a.m. (MT) on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The No. 30 Cowboys will be up against 35 other teams, including 18 squads currently ranked in the top-30 in the country. Most notable among that group are No. 1 Northern Arizona, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 Iowa State, No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 Portland and No. 10 NC State. Mountain West foes No. 22 Utah State, No. 26 Boise State, Air Force, New Mexico and Colorado State will also be at this prestigious event.
“We want to improve on what we did at the last meet,” said head coach Scott Dahlberg. “We want to make sure we’re competitive, running as a pack and keying off each other. Then, we want to compete hard at the end.”
This season, the Pokes have been led by senior Paul Roberts, who has been Wyoming’s top finisher at both meets. He won the Wyoming Invite and placed 25th overall at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. Seniors Christopher Henry and Harry Ewing have taken turns being Wyoming’s No. 2 finisher, with the other finishing third for UW in the two season-opening races.
The Cowgirls will go up against 26 other squads, most of which are west-coast schools. The Pokes will square off against Mountain West squads Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State and San José State in the final meet before the conference championships.
“It’s all been about progression for them this season,” Dahlberg said. “This last meet at Notre Dame was a good step in the right direction. Going into a meet they are familiar with will help them see some of that progress and lend into the championship season really well.”
Senior Kacey Doner has been the top Cowgirl finisher in both races this season, with sophomore Katelyn Mitchem finishing second for the Pokes both times. Sophomore Kaylee Bentley has been UW’s third finisher in both meets, with sophomores Addi Iken and Jasmyne Cooper each being Wyoming’s fourth finisher once.
Fans can follow @wyo_track for updates on race days.