Wyoming Cross Country is Set for Conference Meet
The Mountain West Conference Championships for cross country will take place Friday in San Diego and features some tough competition for Wyoming.
The men’s field features four of the top 17 ranked teams in the country. That includes the No. 13 Wyoming Cowboys, who are ranked in the coaches’ poll for the first time ever. They are led by junior Paul Roberts, a two-time winner this year of the MW Cross Country Athlete of the Week. He’s been the top finisher for the Cowboys in all of their meets this fall.
The women’s race includes the defending national champions and ten-time conference champs in the New Mexico Lobos, who are ranked No. 3 in the country. No. 2 Boise State and No. 27 Utah State are also in the field. The Wyoming Cowgirls are coming off a win three weeks ago and a fourth place two weeks ago. Junior Ashley Bock and freshman Katelyn Mitchem have both been twice the top finisher in the four races this season.
The women’s 6K race starts at 10 a.m., Mountain Time, followed by the men’s 8K at 10:45 a.m. from Morley Field at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.
The Wyoming Cowgirls will face two opponents at home this weekend that they lost to earlier this season. UW takes on Fresno State Thursday and San Diego State Saturday. Both matches are at 6:30 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.
Wyoming (15-7, 7-3) plays the Mountain West-leading Bulldogs, who they lost to in four sets earlier this year. That’s followed by the Aztecs, who topped the Cowgirls in five sets last month.
Head coach Chad Callihan, junior Madi Fields, and sophomore Jackie McBride look ahead to these two matches.
Wyoming wraps up its regular season Friday against Border War rival Colorado State at 3 p.m. from the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
Riding a three-match win streak, the Cowgirls will honor their seven seniors at the match. They are Taylor Burton, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Morgan McDougal, Alyssa Murray, Cristina Salazar, and Brittney Stark.
Wyoming (11-3-4, 6-2-2) has surged into a tie for second in the Mountain West soccer standings. They face the Rams, who are ninth in the league. UW if 5-0 all-time against CSU in women’s soccer. That includes a 3-2 win last year.
Two of the seniors, Clayton and Stark, looked back at big wins last week and forward to this match-up Friday.
Wyoming Swimming and Diving
The Wyoming Cowgirls have gotten the weekend off to a good start, as they beat rival Colorado State Wednesday in Fort Collins. The final score was 168.5-to-131.5. It’s the fifth straight win for UW over the rival Rams. They are 4-0 in duals this season.
The Cowgirls won 11 of the 16 events and tied for first place in another for 12 victories. Junior Daniela Luna Rocha won the 1000 and 500 freestyle events. Senior Samantha Burke won the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley. She added a second-place in the 200 backstroke. Wyoming’s CeeJay Harris won both boards in diving.
Both the Cowgirls and Cowboys are in action Saturday with duals at Denver University against the Pioneers.