MESSAGES OF SUPPORT FROM AROUND THE WORLD
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Please accept our deepest sympathy for the tragic loss the University community has suffered. Our son Andrew (2001) was a student there and we loved Laramie. Please pass on our thoughts and prayers to the families of the students.
Bill Dooley, Area Manager Street Sioux City, IA
I'll never forget the many memories you left with me Nick. Thanks for being a leader on the track and in life also. I'll always remember the times we had together. Thanks again bro. Your Teammate and Friend,
We just visited Laramie about a month ago and drove around your campus. I want to extend our sympathy to your loss. We, at Iowa State University, have experienced such a loss a number of years ago and last year our Big XII conference experienced sadness once again for the OSU basketball program. Time will heal the sorrow but your memories will keep them alive forever.
Pam (Ames, IA)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the athletes who you lost and the entire family at DePaul University extends our condolences.
Kim Smith, Chicago, Ill.
I had the chance to get to know Justin last year when he was a student-athlete at Campbell University. I remember being so impressed by his enthusiasm, despite his quiet demeanor. He had such a bright future. My heart goes out to all of his friends and family. May God bless you and comfort you in this time of loss.
Nicole Inman (Fayetteville, NC)
We are deeply saddened to hear about these eight students who were killed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the school, families, and friends of these students.
Sullivan High School Cross Country, Sullivan, IN
To ALL those touched by Sunday's tragedy:
I want the XC runners and all those touched by Sunday's accident to know that others around the nation are sending their prayers and condolences your way.
student UNC, Colo.
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your friends, family and loved ones. Unfortunately, we at Iowa State have been through a similar tragic situation. We truly understand how difficult a time you are going through. As time goes by, the fun times and happy memories will replace the sadness in your hearts.
The Iowa State University Men's Cross Country Team, (Ames, IA)
The University of Memphis cross country team sends it condolences to the families and friends of those who died in the tragic accident involving the Wyoming XC team this past weekend. Our prayers are with you.
Coach Greg Russell, Univ. of Memphis
My sympathy goes out to the U of Wyoming family and the loved ones of those lost. God bless you all. The Texas A&M family, of which I am a part, lost 12 young people in the Bonfire collapse two years ago, so we can begin to feel your pain and understand the immense loss. May God keep you strong.
Karen Jordan, Tucson, AZ
As a mother of team members on the girls UW X-Country team, my heart goes out to the other mothers/fathers, friends and relatives who have suffered from this great lost. Our Prayers are for all who are mourning at this time. God Bless you.
Pamalla Mecham, Green River, WY
I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy to the University of Wyoming, the families and friends of those lost in this morning's accident.
Marcie, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
To the University of Wyoming Cross Country Program:
I was very upset to learn of the recent news regarding the death of eight UW harriers. I recently graduated from the US Air Force Academy and ran cross country and track for 4 years. I competed against your program every season and I was stunned to hear of your tragic loss. We're all going to miss a great group of guys that were outstanding competitors both on and off the track. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
2d Lt Joseph Monaco, United States Air
The runners and coaches of Colorado Northwestern are shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of your runners. Our hearts go out to their families, friends, coaches, and professors and we wish strength to all in the times ahead. Know that you are in our thoughts...
Matt Scoggins & Rich Buckles, Cross Country Coaches, Colorado Northwestern Community College
I was a 1999 graduate of the University of Nebraska, running cross country and track. There is no question that the relationships with my teammates at Nebraska were of love. As I came to know other runners at other schools, I realized we all had a special bond, a brotherhood. We were all a family. I never met these young men, but I feel like I lost some of my teammates. I feel as though I have lost some of my brothers. The fact they were all traveling together shows their relationship was a brotherhood as well. They may be gone, but they go as one, for they are a family. They are loved.
Jim Vance, San Diego, California
The entire NMSU XC team would like to express our regret and sorrow at the loss of these fine athletes and people. They will be missed as members of the XC family.
Justin Berkompas, (Las Cruces, NM)
The entire team at Northern Arizona University is sending our thoughts, prayers and Love to the family, team and fellow athletes at University of Wyoming... MAY GOD BLESS AND HEAL
Ron Mann and NAU Cross Country
To the University of Wyoming students, faculty, family and friends. Your loss is our loss. No finer people were these. My prayers are with you.
John Conley, Austin, Texas
My thoughts and prayers are with you, your team and the families of those who you all so tragically lost. My heart goes out to all of you at this most difficult time. God Bless
Bev (Heier) Birney, Bucklin, KS, Class of 1988
My thoughts and prayers have been with you and your community all day. May God bless all of you and look over your families and friends. Rest in peace. You are in God's hands now.
Coach Don Giardina, UNLV Assistant CC Coach
Even in the darkest of nights...fear not....for you are never alone. God Bless you and God Bless America.
Chuck Lester Stillwater, OK
My thoughts and prayers to the families of the young men involved in this terrible accident.
Ana Morgan, Kansas City, MO
Please accept our deepest sympathies at the death of so many of your students. As Texas Aggies, my husband and I know what it is to lose a group of young people to such a tragedy. Our prayers are with the school and the parents as you go through the grief process.
Susie Jo and Sam Beebe Meridian, Texas
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of your eight young athletes, as well as to the students and faculty of U of Wyoming. While the nation staggers through a week of unparalleled tragedy, your community deals with a loss closer to home. May you all heal and emerge stronger, letting these young people live through you as you honor them through appreciating every moment you are given. The best honor and show of love you can give to them is to take nothing for granted, and talk often about your best memories of them. God Bless You all.
Jennifer Scott, University of South Florida, 2001
My sincere condolences for the lost of the eight young students in the car accident on Sunday the 9th of September. I was in Wyoming for the A&M and Wyoming football game and I was very impressed with the attitude and friendliness of the students. As you know A&M suffered with the lost of 12 students at our campus in a bonfire accident on 18th November 1999 and we truly know the pain you are going through. May God bless you -- our thoughts and prayers are with you and the affected families.
Vaynus and Mary Bradley, Texas A&M University "58
To the families and friends that have been affected by this horrible accident:
Please know that here in San Diego, the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University are all praying for your school and those families and friends that this accident have affected. I know how hard it is because my cousin was one of those that tragically died. Cody Brown was an amazing person. I will always remember that smile of his and the wonderful person he was. This has been such a hard weekend for me and my family. I also want to thank everyone that has been praying for us. Your prayers are heard by a loving God and I strongly believe that God works through incidents like these to teach and to make us grow stronger and come together as a community. May God bless your campus in this time of loss.
Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
I'm the father of Michael Nicks, a x-country runner for CSU. I heard the news this morning. It is devastating and as a father my heart goes out to all the parents of the kids lost.
Don Nicks, Colorado Springs, Colo.
A simple Scottish condolence: I'm sorry for your loss.
Travis Butterworth, Denver, Colorado
We are deeply saddened and feel such a loss. These young men were a part of the University of Wyoming and they will be deeply missed. We would like to send our prayers out to all of you who are suffering. We will never fully understand why something this tragic has happened, but we must believe that the Lord has made a special place for them.
Kathy and Dwain Romsa and family, Casper, WY
Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys here in Alabama.
Unnamed, Auburn, Alabama
I was deeply saddened when I saw the news about the eight members of the cross country team. I was a member of Wyoming's cross country and track teams from '93-'97 so it really hits me hard. I had the pleasure of meeting Morgan McLeland at his home in Gillette. His older brother Nathan was my teammate for 3 years. I was also a teammate of Greg Schabron, Nick's older brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families and the families of everyone involved.
Seth Fisher, Fountain Hills, Arizona
Dear Athletic Department/Cross Country Coach,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire program at the
University. We would like to also let you know that we are here for you through
this time of sorrow and grief. May you be strong through your
loss of these fine athletes.
Coach Louis Cruz/Denver West H.S Cross Country Team
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the families, coaching staff and members of the UW track and cross country team. As an alum of the program I can only begin to think of the pain and sorrow you must feel. Know that all alumni and residents of the state will mourn your loss and support all of you in this trying time. Many of the young men were from our state and our local high schools and I remember them from that time as student athletes. Although I didn't know the them as well as their families and team members, their postive attitudes and personalities will remain in my memory.
Art Baures, Sheridan, Wyoming
I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the accident that claimed the lives of so many young people. In this week of tragedy, perhaps we feel in Wyoming that as horrible as those events were, they would not affect us here in Wyoming. Unfortunately, this is not the case. My deepest sympathies go out to the families of the young men and to the UW athletic department as they all struggle to cope with this terrible loss.
Matt Pollock (Laramie, WY)
We at Track & Field News would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of those lost in this tragedy.
Dan Lilot (Mountain View, California)
We here at The Atlanta Track Club are deeply saddened by your loss and of the loss to the collegiate cross country community as a whole. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students, faculty and families of these athletes.
Atlanta Track Club
Our condolences to the families and friends of the Wyoming cross country student-athletes. All are in our prayers in this time of sorrow.
University of Utah Cross Country Team
My thoughts are with all those involved in this heartbreaking tragedy. I cannot imagine the sense of loss that the people of Wyoming, the university community & the athletic department are feeling. My deepest sympathies. Always in my thoughts.
Silverus Kimeli. Fayetteville, Arkansas
Dear Coach Yentes, Coach Sanchez and the UW Track & Field Team -
I am writing to express my sympathy in the tragedy of losing your team members. I knew Justin at Campbell last year and was so excited to see him transfer for the hope that he had in going out there. He was a wonderful young man with tons of potential and he will be missed. I cannot imagine as a coach what you are going through but I am praying for you and thinking of you. I hope that as a team and coaching staff that you find the strength to carry on. I also hope that each of you takes the time you need to grieve.
Sandy Moran, SIU-Edwardsville, IL
It was with shock and sadness that I read of the tragedy surrounding the death of the eight students from the University of Wyoming. I extend my deep regret and prayers on behalf of their families and friends at the University.
Richard Chambers, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, BYU alumni
Words fail me. My condolences and prayers for strength go out to the families of the victims as well as the surviving teammates and friends.
Drew (Boulder, CO)
On behalf of the student-athletes and administration at Norwich University, I want to extend our sincere condolences to the families, friends and to the University on this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Tony Mariano, Director of Athletics, Norwich University, Northfield, VT
I just want to offer my condolences and prayers to the friends and families of those who died suddenly this weekend. It has already been a sad week and my heart goes out to those who now have another reason to grieve. I also send best wishes and prayers to the family and friends of the injured student. I hope he recovers quickly. God bless this Wyoming community as your work through your grief and pain.
Stefanie, Orem, Utah
My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the UW CC team. I remember running against Morgan in high school so this is an incredible shock. My prayers are with you all.
Chris Kopp, Brookings, SD, SDSU Cross Country
I'm Haley Dalles and I live here in Laramie and I was dating Cody Brown. I
just want everyone to remember him as the special person that he is. I want
people to remember that he is the greatest...he has the biggest heart and loves
everyone SO much...his family and friends, his team-mates and his co-workers.
Always remember that Cody will be our strength when we are weak, and will pick
us up when we fall. He will be watching us from up above....helping us along our
way. I also want to send my condolences and prayers to all the other families
and friends that were affected by this tragedy. This was a great loss, but as
long as we stick together and hold our loved ones in our hearts always...we will
make it through!
In loving memory of Cody B. Brown....
WE ALL LOVE YOU!
Haley Dalles - Laramie, WY
I am captain of the St. Thomas Cross-Country team in St. Paul, Minnesota, so I know very well the brotherhood and camaraderie between teammates. Our entire team sends condolences and prayers to give you the strength to overcome such a horrible loss.
Ben Kummer (St. Paul, MN)
I, and several fellow Pepperdine fans, had the pleasure of conversing with many UW students and fans online in conjunction with Pepperdine's NIT basketball game at Laramie last March. I don't recall ever feeling so welcome among the opponent's fans, or coming away with more respect for a school or athletic department, than I did during that week. To hear that your community has been struck by such tragedy -- in the midst of what the nation is going through -- is deeply saddening. The entire Pepperdine community reaches out to you in this struggle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
As the manager of the Dalhousie University XC teams for the past 4 years, I cannot fathom your loss. The hearts of our athletes go out to you for your loss. A team is like a family, and this wound will take many years to heal. Our thoughts are with you,
Sarah Giles, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
My grandchildren run cross country at the high school level and on behalf of all the grandparents of cc runners, we offer our prayers and condolences for the relatives the team left behind. Even though the boys were on earth such a short time, they left you many memories to cherish.
Rosie Stump, Tiro, Ohio
My heart goes out to the parents and friends of these eight young men. This is a terrible tragedy. May God Bless the entire University of Wyoming family.
Steve Renner Marietta, GA
Former XC Runner Univ of Akron
To the University of Wyoming and family:
We offer our love and prayers for the families of those involved in the accident Sunday and for all who suffer in this time of sorrow. Be strong and support one another with love and kindness.
Sincerely, Chris & Beth Doyle, Sioux City, Iowa.
My condolences go to the families of these young people and the University of Wyoming community. I hope only strength and courage to those left behind. All of you are in my thoughts.
Texas A&M University ' 93
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you try to cope with all that has happened in the past week. Surround each other with support and love and know that God is with you.
Oklahoma State ‘95
I was a student at Oklahoma State during the January 27th plane crash that took the lives of ten student athletes. I know what everyone at UWYO must be going through. It is a very difficult time that will bring people together and renew the pride of the school. Our thoughts and prayer are with you.
In this time of deep sorrow at the loss of your cross country runners, we will pray for strength for the families and communities.
We are CSU graduates and were shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news of the 8 athletes who lost their lives. We extend our deepest sympathies to their families, the University of Wyoming community, and the athletic department on this terrible event. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dan and Jennifer Montez
Mr. Sanchez was my school teacher and is a good man. I would like to say how sorry I am about what happened to the eight cross country runners. I know it is hard on Mr. Sanchez. I just wanted to say may God bless him, the families of the eight people who were killed in this tragedy and the whole community. God Bless.
Jamie Wilson Manassa, Colorado
..my son is a junior at the University and he just heard today of the members of the men's cross country team who were killed in a car accident..one of them was from Douglas ... Shane Shatto..as a community we are saddened by this tragic loss in our state..our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of these young men..
Terry, Patty & BJ Morrell
To the family and friends of those lost and to all my friends and family at the University of Wyoming, I want to express my sadness and grief for our community from the loss of these eight promising individuals. There are many of us who have left the Laramie/UW community in search of greener pastures but UW will remain in our hearts and minds throughout our lives. The loss that you feel is felt throughout the country and when times are bad like this, please try and remember that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Miguel A. Rosales
Coordinator, Chicano/a Student Academic Services
University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA - History (1996) - University of Wyoming
My heart pains to hear of the devastating loss to your campus community. I ran cross country and remember the long van rides to and from meets; this accident shocks me and leaves me filling empty. I pray for comfort for the cross country family and your university. May you find hope in these bewildering times.
Hamline University 2000
As a former student and athlete of the University of Wyoming, I cannot help but feel remorse for the coaching staff, students, faculty members and other former students and alumni over the loss of any student. To lose so many promising young men will be a loss not only to the university, but to the communities they were and would have been members of. My thoughts go to all involved with these young men, but also to Coach Jim Sanchez, whom I know will be deeply affected by this accident. He took the time to know and mentor all of the athletes, regardless of talent level. May all that these young lives touched honor and cherish the memories.
Curt Arthur, Memphis, TN
To the University of Wyoming,
Let me take this opportunity to pass along condolences and prayers. We know
the shock of suddenly losing promising young lives. We know the grief and the
questions of "Why?" We also know the strength gathered from faith,
friends and well-wishers. If there is ever a need, just reach out and help will
be there. With the thoughts and prayers from our Cowboy family to
Oklahoma State '84
I had the pleasure of having both Morgan and Kevin in my introductory to
psychology discussion sections. They were both model students through their
respectful behaviors and interactions with other students. Kevin had a wonderful
smile and was always friendly when I saw him around campus. All of these
students are already missed tremendously by their friends, family, and the
Julie E. Lindsay
Department of Psychology
My Thoughts and Prayers are with the University and the XC family members. I have a nephew with the U of New Mexico XC Team and I spoke with him this morning and they are in total shock. God Bless you all.
Isaac J. Martinez
Operations Support Specialist
Protection Technology Los Alamos
I am a student from California State University of Fresno. I am sorry for the pain of losing eight students. In this awful week of American history it seems that it can't get worse but it some how does. But from tragedy comes triumph. I know the Wyoming community will become stronger than ever.
I am just writing to express my sympathy for all the U Wyoming students. Particularly in the wake of last Tuesday, I am sure everyone around campus is in a lot of pain. I just want you to know someone in Philly is thinking of and praying for you.
I wanted to offer my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the students lost in the recent accident, as well as to the U of Wyoming family. My entire family is from Stillwater, Okla., and the recent loss at Oklahoma State University affected my family deeply. So it is with this tragic loss, we offer our deepest sympathies to all of you. The families and friends of those taken will be in our prayers as we ask God to give them and the Wyoming community strength to work through this loss.
Again, with Deepest Sympathies,
Jeff Reinholtz and Family
I wish to extend my condolences to the 8 runners that lost their lives over this weekend. With all the national attention due to the horrible occurrences of the past week, it makes no less the intensity of this tragedy.. I am a runner that have been into this same situation countless times earlier in my life, without incident ... it is so sad.
Best, Karl Ketcheson
To the University of Wyoming:
I extend my deepest sympathy to the friends and families of everyone involved in the auto accident this morning. I worked in Cheyenne Wyoming at Francis E. Warren AFB for a while and used to get to Laramie to the Wyoming football games. You have a beautiful campus, beautiful state and the friendliest people I've ever encountered. God Bless the University of Wyoming
United States Air Force Retired
Francis E. Warren AFB, Sept 1985-Apr 1986