* University of Wyoming press release

St. Paul, Minn. — The University of Wyoming Cross Country Teams returned to action on Friday morning as they competed against a very competitive field at the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls both turned in strong performances with each squad finishing in the top seven of their respective fields.

Mason Norman led the way for the Cowboys in the men’s 8k race finishing 13th crossing the line in 24:26.4. The other Cowboy to finish in the top 25 was Albert Stiener who finished 21st with a time of 24:42.1. Just Behind Steiner was Gus McIntrye who finished in 28th while Ryker Holtzen and Jacob White rounded out the top five for the Pokes taking 35th and 36th respectively. 

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As a team, the Cowboys posted a total score of 128 earning them a fifth-place finish out of the 17 teams competing coming in nine points ahead of sixth place Santa Clara and just ten points behind fourth place Colorado State. Wisconsin won the team title with a total of 39 points while CBU finished as runners-up. 

For the Cowgirls, Katelyn Mitchem led the way in the women’s 6k race clocking a time of 21:13.9 to finish in 13th. Abigail Whitman also finished inside the top 25 taking 25th with a time of 21:31.8. Leah Christians was the third Cowgirl to cross the line doing so in 21:32.8 to finish in 27th. Kylie Simshauser and Madelyn Blazo rounded out the top five for the Cowgirls finishing in 41st and 63rd respectively. 

In the team race, the Cowgirls finished seventh out of 20 teams posting a total score of 168 finishing well ahead of eighth place Iowa State who totaled 193 points. Utah captured the team title with a score of 85 with CBU finishing ten points behind the, in second. 

Up next on the schedule for the Cowboys and Cowgirls is a trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma on Oct. 15 to compete in the Weis-Crockett Invitational hosted by Oklahoma State. 

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