Men's & Women's Cross Country Teams Open Season With Wyoming Meet
Sept. 1, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Northern Colorado cross country teams kicked off the 2006 season on Friday night by competing at the Wyoming Invitational in Laramie. The women's team placed fifth overall while the men's team, in competition for the first time since the 1983 season, placed sixth.
Running for the first time since the program was eliminated following the 1983 season, the new squad of Bears men's runners finished behind a field that included meet champion Air Force, Wyoming, Colorado State, Metro State and UC-Colorado Springs.
Junior Charles Hillig Jr. was the Bears top finisher, placing 14th overall with a time of 23:00. Hillig has been a two-year member of the Northern Colorado track & field team and ran unattached in several cross country races last season. Michael Trahan was next for the Bears with a 42nd overall place (24:02). He was followed by Alex Grimm (46th, 24:19), Shawn Monk (56th, 24:49), Ryan Woodman (65th, 25:35), Matt Provencio (66th, 25:50), Keegan Specht (70th, 26:18), Jorel Torres (71st, 26:27), Chris Turner (74th, 27:50) and Zane Whobrey (75th, 29:07).
Air Force's Matt Williams was the overall winner with a time of 22:12.
The women's team which features eight athletes this year, all new to the team, was fifth behind champion CSU, UC-Colorado Springs, Wyoming and Air Force. The Bears finished ahead of Metro State.
Individually, freshman Denise Kintzley had the most impressive finish for the Bears on Friday, finishing ninth overall (15:37). She was followed by Kellie Callahan (19th, 15:56), Katie Wiederholt (25th, 16:24), Colleen Sanderlin (26th, 16:35), Allison McIntire (38th, 17:32), Rachel Forrest (41st, 18:01) and Erin Apsey (42nd, 18:13).
UCCS's Shannon Payne was the overall women's champion (14:48).
The Northern Colorado men's and women's teams will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 16 when they compete at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln.
Men's Team Results
1. Air Force 20 2. Wyoming 63 3. Colorado State 81 4. Metro State 98 5. UC-Colo. Springs 112 6. Northern Colorado 153
14. Charles Hillig, Jr. 23:00 42. Michael Trahan 24:02 46. Alex Grimm 24:19 56. Shawn Monk 24:49 65. Ryan Woodman 25:35 66. Matt Provencio * 25:50 70. Keegan Specht 26:18 71. Jorel Torres 26:27 74. Chris Turner 27:50 75. Zane Whobrey 29:07
* Ran unattached
Women's Team Results
1. Colorado State 47 2. UC-Colo. Springs 50 3. Wyoming 58 4. Air Force 82 5. Northern Colorado 114 6. Metro State 128
9. Denise Kintzley 15:37 19. Kellie Callahan 15:56 25. Katie Wiederholt 16:24 26. Colleen Sanderlin 16:35 38. Allison McIntire 17:32 41. Rachel Forrest 18:01 42. Erin Apsey 18:13