Wyoming Student-Athlete Hometown Reports

Sept. 23, 2004


Following are periodic highlights of selected University of Wyoming student-athletes, detailing recent performances and their contributions to their respective UW teams.

Check out these reports on Cowgirl Volleyball player Rachael Booth; Cowgirl Cross Country runner Gretchen Fagley; Cowboy Football players Dorsey Golston, Ron Rockett and Randy Tscharner; Cowgirl golfer Laura Mengelkamp; and Cowgirl Soccer player Mari Gomes.

Rachael Booth, LIB, 5-8, Fr., Eaton, Colo. (Eaton HS)

Freshman Rachael Booth

Rachael Booth, a freshman from Eaton High School in Eaton, Colorado has proven to be a huge contributor for the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team this fall season. Booth, playing the Libero position on the court, has played in all 10 matches this season and has had an impact in every single match. In 37 games this season, Booth has recorded 139 digs, which puts her 4th in the Mountain West Conference in that category. Her average digs per game has also placed her within the top five in the MWC also at 3.76 per game. Booth's stats have benefited from having five of the last six matches with at least twenty digs or more. Booth's best matches came against Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City where she had 27, 22, and 20 digs respectively. Her competitiveness makes all of this possible for herself and gives the Cowgirls a chance to win every game they play. Booth will continue to contribute to the Cowgirls all season long and adds much needed depth at the Libero position, which has been decimated by injury this fall. The Cowgirls return to the court this weekend versus the New Mexico Lobos on Friday and the Air Force Academy Falcons on Saturday.

Gretchen Fagley, Fr., Sheridan, Wyo. (Sheridan HS)

Freshman Gretchen Fagley

Gretchen Fagley, a freshman distance runner from Sheridan, has firmly established herself as the number two cross country runner for the University of Wyoming Cowgirl cross country team. Early on in the season, Fagley has put forth solid efforts in the two events the Cowgirls have attended. She placed third at the Wyoming Invitational on a 2.4 mile course with a time of fifteen minutes and six seconds. The good showing by her and her teammates helped contribute to the Cowgirls winning the meet as team. In the following week, Fagley followed up her great finish in Laramie with another solid showing in Fort Collins. Fagely finished sixth on a 4.1 mile course in 24:22 and the team again had a strong showing finishing second. During both races, Coach Randy Cole said that Fagley has "Gotten out solid and aggressive." In each race, the freshman harrier has finished second on the Cowgirls behind senior Jennifer Thompson and it has decisively established her as the number two runner on the team. After standout years at Sheridan High School, the Cowgirls are looking forward to having Fagley standout even more, but on a bigger and brighter stage. Fagley and the rest of the Cowgirl Cross Country team return to action on Oct. 2 in Boulder for the Rocky Mountain Shootout.

Dorsey Golston, FS/CB, 6-0, 191, So., SQ, Kansas City, Mo. (Southeast HS)

Sophomore Dorsey Golston

After sitting out a semester in the fall of 2003 because he was ineligible, Dorsey Golston has returned to the University of Wyoming Cowboy football team with a vengeance. The sophomore from Southeast High in Kansas City, MO has contributed significantly to the Cowboys this fall. The cornerback/safety has been involved in 11 tackles this fall, six of them solo, which ties him for second on the team. With Golston and others involved in the defense this fall, the Cowboys have improved in areas that they were very poor in previous years. The defense has given up only 19.0 points per game in two contests this year, placing them 2nd in the Mountain West Conference and 39th in Division I. However, the most impressive stat is the rush defense, which had been horrible in years past, has only given up 93.0 yards per game ranking 2nd in the MWC and 31st in D-I. Even though Golston has appeared in limited situations, he is still a major part of the defensive unit. "He's very versatile," UW defensive coordinator and secondary coach Mike Breske said. "He plays in our nickel and dime packages. He's got a tremendous football sense and awareness." With Golston involved, the secondary unit looks to be a better unit this fall. The Cowboys have high hope for Golston and his large potential to be a great defensive back this season. The Cowboys return to the field this Saturday versus the Ole Miss Rebels.

Mari Gomes, Sr., For/Mid, San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty HS)

Senior Mari Gomes

Mari Gomes, a senior forward from Archbishop Mitty High School in San, Jose, California is a major reason why the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team is 3-2-3 this season. Gomes is among the Mountain West Conference leaders in several categories this fall. She is leading the MWC in shots (37), goals (5), shots per game (4.62), and goals per game (.62). In addition, Gomes is also tied for first in three other offensive categories: points (10), points per game (1.25), and game winners (2). With all the numbers Gomes has put up this fall season for the Cowgirls, it has vaulted her up the Cowgirl career leader board in several categories. Gomes is now 3rd all time in goals with 14 and 3rd in points with 29. She is also now all alone in 2nd all time in game winners for the Cowgirls with 5. Furthermore, with the large amount of shots she has generated for the Cowgirls this fall, Gomes is now one shot away from being tied for fourth all-time in Cowgirl history. With all the accomplishments she has garnered for the Cowgirls, Gomes has also now received a MWC Player of the Week award for the games against Gonzaga and Eastern Washington when she had three goals (all unassisted) and the game winner versus Eastern Washington. As the season moves further to completion, Gomes figures to be a major factor the Cowgirls in Mountain West Conference action and hopes to add to the great statistics she is putting up during her senior year at the University of Wyoming.

Laura Mengelkamp, 5-3, Fr., Dover, Pa. (Dover HS)

Freshman Laura Mengelkamp

Laura Mengelkamp, a freshman from Dover High School in Dover, Pa., has established herself as a major competitor in golf meets this fall for the University of Wyoming Cowgirls. Mengelkamp has solidified her name atop the list for the University of Wyoming as the number one golfer. She has put forth some solid scores early on in the season placing third at her first collegiate meet, a triangular against Denver University and the University of Northern Colorado, with an even-par round of 72. At her next meet, the Colorado State University Ram Classic, Mengelkamp finished tied for 15th with rounds of 74, 74, and 77. In this past weekend's DU Ron Moore Intercollegiate, Mengelkamp had a rough day on the course the last day and slipped from contention finishing 40th with rounds of 74, 77, and 86 respectively. Coach Jill Rettinger said this is great experience for Mengelkamp and hopes she is able to gain something from these types of competitions. The Cowgirls travel to Post Falls, Idaho for the Gonzaga Intercollegiate this weekend and Mengelkamp is expected to again lead the Cowgirls on the links.

Ron Rockett, SS, 6-1, 190, Jr., JC, Escondido, Calif. (Palomar CC, Calif.)

Junior Ron Rockett

Ron Rockett, junior college transfer from Palomar CC, Calif., who also attended Mission Bay High School in Escondido, Calif., has added some much needed depth to the University of Wyoming Cowboys secondary. The defense, with Rockett involved, has played well this fall only allowing 19.0 points per game and 93.0 rush yards per game, ranking them 2nd in the Mountain West Conference. The secondary in previous years has not had much success, but with the addition of Rockett and a few others, the secondary unit looks to be one to reckon with this season. In only two games, Rockett has one forced fumble and an interception that he returned for 33 yards. In addition to the turnovers Rockett has forced, he has also been in on five total tackles, four of them solo. Even though he is in on certain nickel and dime situations, Rockett has a major influence on the defensive unit as a whole this year. Look for Rockett and the Cowboys to on the gridiron this Saturday versus Ole Miss Rebels in Laramie.

Randy Tscharner, LB, 6-2, 238, Sr., 1L, Calistoga, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC, Calif.)

Senior Randy Tscharner

Randy Tscharner, a senior linebacker who attended Calistoga High School in Calistoga, Calif., is the returning senior middle linebacker for the University of Wyoming Cowboys. Tscharner, who had an outstanding first year for the Cowboys last year after transferring from Santa Rosa Junior College, has started all fourteen games since coming to Laramie a year ago. After the stellar first season for the Cowboys, Tscharner is 2nd on the team with eleven total tackles (all assisted) and has one sack. With all the input and leadership he has provided in the last two seasons, Tscharner has helped reshape the Cowboy defense into a stronger unit than before he arrived. The defense this season with Tscharner in the middle, has allowed 19.0 points per game, which is 2nd in the Mountain West Conference and 39th in the NCAA, a dramatic improvement from the previous years. In addition, the rush defense has vastly improved, only allowing 93.0 yards per game on the ground, which is good enough for 2nd in the conference and 31st in the nation. With other senior leaders on defense behind him, the Cowboys and Tscharner look to turn around the bad images of teams past and put forward a new face of the Cowboy defense. The Cowboys and Tscharner return to action this Saturday versus the Ole Miss Rebels in Laramie.