NEW ORLEANS, La— The University of Wyoming Cross Country Cowgirls received nine votes in the Week Three USTFCCCA National Coaches Poll on Tuesday. This marks the first time in program history that the women have been recognized by the coaches and received votes in the poll.

The votes come after the Cowgirls defeated then ranked No. 26 Iowa State and host school Minnesota (was receiving votes and marked as the No. 33 team in the country) at the Roy Griak Invitational last weekend. 

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Head Cross Country Coach Scott Dahlberg had this to say about the Cowgirls, “These ladies are doing great things. They’ve taken it upon themselves to put in the work and have progressed both physically and culturally. We’ve seen big improvements at practice and it was great to see it carry into competition this last weekend.” 

The Cowgirls sit in seventh on the latest Mountain Region rankings behind No. 5 Colorado State (No. 20 nationally) and No. 6 Utah Valley (No. 16 nationally). 

The full team rankings on Sept. 27th |

From the weekend. 

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. 

The Cowgirls and Cowboys return to competition at the Weis-Crockett Invitational in Stillwater, Okla., on Oct. 15, the final tune up race before the 2022 Mountain West Cross Country Championships return to Laramie on the 28th of October. 

Stay up to date on Wyoming Cross Country by following @wyo_track on Twitter. 

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