Kirsten Anthony and Beth Dunfield led the Rams women’s cross country team Friday to its first victory of the year at the Wyoming Invitational. The women bested a field of six teams from all over Colorado and Wyoming, taking home the title in the two-and-a-half mile race for the first time since 2003.
Anthony finished second overall with a time of 14:52, while Dunfield recorded a sixth place finish. Sophomore Ashlee Velez took 10th, Renee Mayer ended up 12th and Allison Taylor took 17th.
The men finished in third place behind Air Force and Wyoming, respectively. Redshirt freshman Steve Swartz finished 12th overall and first for the Rams with a time of 22:50 for the four-and-a-quarter mile course. Rounding out the Rams finishers were Casey Wahlers in 15th place, David Zakavec in 21st, Nelson Palacios in 25th and Kip Taylor in 26th.
Both teams will face one of their toughest opponents of the year on Saturday against the BYU Cougars. The BYU Autumn Classic is set to begin at 10:25 a.m. for the men and 11:45 a.m. for the women in Provo, Utah.