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Sports / Recreation

CSU to host Mountain West cross-country meet

October 27, 2011

Seniors Nicole Peters, Ellie Keyser, Spenser Lynass and Jake Keyser will lead the Rams in Saturday's meet in Fort Collins.

Nicole Peters is having an outstanding senior year for the Rams.Conference crowns will be on the line Saturday when CSU hosts the Mountain West Cross-Country Championships at Collindale Golf Course.

The 8-kilometer men’s race begins at 10 a.m.; the women’s 6K race starts at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

CSU should be in position for top-two finishes in both races.

“We’ve been running well this season, and we’re looking forward to this meet,” CSU coach Bryan Berryhill said. “We have some very good senior leaders on both the men’s and women’s teams, and that has made a big difference.”

Lynass, Keyser lead the way

The six-team men’s race should be a battle between CSU, Air Force, Wyoming and two-time defending champion New Mexico. Seniors Spenser Lynass and Jake Keyser have been the Rams’ top performers this season.

“There really isn’t a dominant men’s team, so anyone could win it,” Berryhill said.

On the women’s side, three-time defending champion New Mexico is the heavy favorite in the eight-team field, returning its top four runners from a team that finished fifth at last year’s national championships. The Lobos rely on a bevy of talented runners from England.

Peters, Keyser are team leaders

CSU will be led by senior Nicole Peters, who finished ahead of all New Mexico runners at the recent Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. Fellow senior Ellie Keyser is also running well for the Rams.

“Nicole has really taken a big step forward this year and is running with a lot of confidence, and Ellie always rises to the occasion in big races,” Berryhill said. “It would take a great effort on our part to beat New Mexico, but I’m challenging our team to go out and run with them and see what happens.”

The Rams will compete in the Mountain Regional Championships on Nov. 12 in Provo, Utah, with the NCAA Championships set for Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.