Ashley Bock: 6th Female to Finish Roadrunners Invite in Less than 22 minutes
DENVER – Led by junior Ashley Bock, the Cowgirls earned the team victory at the Roadrunners Invite in Denver on Saturday, recording 19 points to dominate the field of 12 teams. Dallas Baptist was second with 66 points.
“I am so proud of these girls,” associate head coach Amanda Clower said. “We came to this meet to get some confidence, and to come away with a win is awesome. They all competed so well, they ran as a pack from the start and it was great to see the Brown and Gold up in the front.”
Bock paced the Cowgirls with a second-place overall finish – first among collegiate athletes. She navigated the 6-kilometer course in 21:50.6 to lead the way for Wyoming. Bock is just the sixth female athlete to complete the Roadrunners Invite, a meet in its eighth year, in under 22 minutes.
“Ashley had an awesome race,” Clower said. “She has been a great leader to our young girls this season, and to lead in performance today as well is great.”
It wasn’t just a singular great performance for Wyoming, as all of UW’s scorers finished inside the top 10 and all within 40 seconds of each other as the Cowgirls ran strong in a pack at Washington Park. Freshman Katelyn Mitchem placed fifth overall and scored three points as she finished in 22:15.6, just a half-second ahead of junior Kacey Doner, who placed sixth with a time of 22:16.1.
Seniors Emily Person and Regan VanDePol placed seventh and eighth with times of 22:21.7 and 22:29.3, respectively, capping a dominant performance by the Cowgirls. Freshman Kaylee Bentley placed 19th with a time of 23:03.4, while classmate Michelle Renner placed 28th with a time of 23:41.2. Senior Solana Quistorff crossed the line 32nd with a time of 23:46.3 to round out Wyoming’s competitors.
Cowboy senior Calum Kepler placed 30th in the men’s 8-kilometer race with a time of 26:17.9, in what was a chance for him to run an extra race this season.
“I’m looking forward to next weekend when we compete in California,” Clower said.
The Cowgirls are back in action next weekend when they head to Santa Clara, Calif., for the Bronco Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Cowboys will race on the same day in Madison, Wis., at Pre-Nationals.