LARAMIE, Wyo. – Cowgirl Jerayah Davis stole the show as the University of Wyoming track & field team hosted the Power Meet on Friday, beginning the 2016-17 indoor campaign in the friendly confines of War Memorial Fieldhouse. The sophomore set a facility record in the women’s 55-meter dash with a time of 6.73 seconds. The 55-meter time converts to a time of 7.25 for the 60-meter dash, which breaks the former UW record of 7.30 (Kima Wells, 2004).
Davis also finished second in the women’s long jump, leaping 19 feet, 6 inches to catapult herself into third in Wyoming history for the event. Fellow sophomore Ja'la Henderson took top honors in the event, leaping 19-6.75. Henderson was second to Davis in the 55-meter dash, clocking a converted 60-meter time of 7.60. That time moves Henderson into a tie with Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey (2002) for eighth on the Cowgirls’ all-time list for the event. Melina Harris made it a Wyoming sweep of the top three in the event, posting a converted time and personal best of 7.63.
“This fall [Jerayah has] had great training, and it showed today,” said head coach Bryan Berryhill following the meet. He was also impressed with the rest of the Cowboys and Cowgirls. “From the throws to the hurdles to the sprints to the jumps, we had outstanding performances in all of those areas. It was a really good start to the season, but now we’ve got to get better each and every meet.”
Sophomore duo Sam Kirkeide and Jace Marx went 1-2 in the men’s 55-meter dash with converted 60-meter times of 6.88 and 6.93, respectively. Sophomore Jackson Wood took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.81, while junior Kimberley Anglen took the top spot in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.70.
Reigning Mountain West men’s indoor triple jump champion Scott Carter started his season brilliantly, leaping 51-3 to win the event by a large margin. Fellow senior Caleb Seeton collected top honors in the men’s long jump with a mark of 23-9, while senior Bobby Wingeleth was second in the event at 22-8.
Sophomore Allegra Carson made it two Wyoming victories in the triple jump, posting a mark of 38-3.5 for the event win on the women’s side. Freshman Anissa Warner was the winner of the women’s high jump, clearing 5-2.5, while fellow freshman Kyle Pollock won the event on the men’s side at 6-2.75.
Senior Jordan Charles was victorious in the men’s 55-meter hurdles, clocking in at 7.31. His time converts to 7.87 for the 60-meter hurdles. In the prelims of the event, Carter posted the third-best time with a 60-meter hurdles converted time of 8.03, a personal best. Charles also ran for Wyoming in the men’s 4x400-meter relay, helping the team to a first-place finish at 3:29.94.
Senior Mikalah Skates won the women’s 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.28, which converts to a 60-meter hurdles time of 8.91. Heidi Pfoor was second with a converted time of 8.95.
Freshman pair Kirk Unland and Hap Frketich notched solid debuts for the Brown and Gold, going 1-2 in the men’s weight throw. Unland tossed a UW freshman record 61-8.25 for the event title, while Frketich threw 57-9 for second.
After the holiday break, Wyoming will compete at the Potts Invite in Boulder, Colo., on Jan. 13-14. Stay tuned to GoWyo.com and @wyo_track on Twitter for additional updates.