Davis, Ailshie Highlight Final Day of CU Open for Wyoming Track & Field

BOULDER, Colo. – Jerayah Davis pulled out another win in the women’s 60 meters and Bryce Ailshie moved up to No. 6 on the UW all-time list for the men’s indoor 800 meters, highlighting a solid day for Wyoming track & field on the final day of the Colorado Open. The Pokes contributed a number of impressive performances in the sprints and middle distance events on Saturday after sweeping the lateral jumps on Friday in Boulder.

“I feel like we had a solid day across the board,” said head coach Bryan Berryhill following Saturday’s action. “There were good things in all event areas. We’ve got the conference championships in three weeks and we’ve got to continue to get better between now and when we go to Albuquerque.” 

Davis clocked a time of 7.37 seconds in the women’s 60 meters final, breaking away from Colorado State’s Leah Fair, who had beaten Davis by a hundredth of a second in the prelims. Colorado Open long jump champion Ja'la Henderson took seventh, posting a time of 7.75. 

“Jerayah keeps winning races,” Berryhill said. “That’s what we need from her, and she keeps delivering.”

In the women’s 200 meters, Melina Harris placed sixth with a time of 24.96. Heidi Pfoor posted a personal best in the 400 meters, finishing eighth at 58.20.

Redshirt freshman Jace Marx had yet another impressive performance, improving his No. 8 UW all-time mark in the men’s 200 meters to 21.73 while taking third place. Marx also placed sixth in the men’s 400 meters with a personal best time of 49.43. 

“Jace is doing a great job. He’s a kid who works hard every day in practice, and it’s really starting to show this indoor season on the track,” said Berryhill of one of Wyoming’s most consistent contributors this season.

Redshirt freshman Jackson Wood barely missed placing his name on Wyoming’s all-time top 10 list for the 400 meters, taking third place overall with a new personal record of 48.86. Sam Kirkeide was an eighth-place finisher in the men’s 60-meter dash, clocking 6.97, while Jordan Charles took fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, checking in at 8.23.

Ailshie finished as the runner-up in the men’s 800 meters, as he was edged by Colorado’s Zach Perrin by just over a tenth of a second. Ailshie’s converted time of 1:50.63 is a new personal record and moves him up one position to No. 6 on Wyoming’s all-time list for the event. Calum Kepler also posted an indoor personal record with an adjusted time of 1:53.59, while Isaac Kiefer’s 1:55.21 was also a personal best. On the women’s side of the 800 meters, Cassidy Meade took seventh for the Brown and Gold, clocking 2:11.88.

In the women’s 3,000 meters, Audra DeStefano finished seventh with an adjusted time of 10:06.50 while freshman Kacey Doner was ninth at 10:13.03. Megan Brunette and Quinn DeStefano went 3-4 in the women’s 5,000 meters, with Brunette posting an adjusted time of 17:30.06 while DeStefano clocked an adjusted time of 18:17.99. Jonah Henry was UW’s lone participant in the men’s mile, finishing seventh with an adjusted time of 4:15.07.

Garrett Lynch finished fifth in the men’s shot put at 52-8.25, while Martin Fitzwater was sixth at 50-5.5.

A small group of Wyoming track & field athletes will race on a banked track for the first time this indoor season in Albuquerque, N.M., at the Don Kirby Invite on Feb. 10-11. The Pokes return home for the Rocky Mountain Classic on Feb. 17 before heading back to Albuquerque for the 2017 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships, which take place Feb. 23-25 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.