Payne Sets Course Record in Wyoming

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 1, 2006


Shannon Payne of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs set a new course record in winning the Wyoming Open cross country meet Friday at Laramie, Wyo.

Payne, a junior, ran the 4-kilometer course at Jacoby Golf Course in 14 minutes, 47 seconds to beat Colorado State's Kirsten Anthony by four seconds.

The Mountain Lions finished second to Colorado State in the team standings by a meager four points. The Mountain Lions defeated three Division I schools (Wyoming, Air Force and Northern Colorado) as well as Division II Metro State.

"I thought the team did really well for the first meet," said UCCS senior Sarah Shepard by phone. "Four-K is an odd distance for a race. We train for 6ks."

Shepard was second among UCCS runners and seventh overall with a time of 15:17. One spot and 11 seconds behind was teammate Ashley Birger. Kristen Andersen was next for the Mountain Lions with a 16th-place 15:55 and Jenna Dorsey-Spitz was 18th at 15:56.

For UCCS, the race was a good start for a 2006 season during which they have lofty goals.

"It's encouraging because we're only going to get better," said Shepard.

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