Pokes Host Rocky Mountain Classic at War Memorial Fieldhouse

LARAMIE, Wyo. - After a trip to Albuquerque to preview the venue that will house the 2017 MW Indoor Track & Field Championships, the University of Wyoming track & field team returns to the friendly confines of War Memorial Fieldhouse to host the Rocky Mountain Classic in a last-chance tuneup on Friday, Feb. 17. The Cowboys and Cowgirls will welcome border rival Colorado State for their second home meet of the indoor season.

The Pokes contributed a number of impressive performances at their last home meet, the Power Meet, on Dec. 9. Jerayah Davis set a facility record for the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.73 - which still leads the nation in the event - while also setting the University of Wyoming 60-meter dash record with her converted time of 7.29. Davis also recorded her personal best mark in the long jump, 19-6, at the Power Meet. The mark is still good for sixth in the conference. 

Senior Scott Carter posted a mark of 51 feet, 3 inches in the triple jump at the Power Meet, which still leads the Mountain West by a wide margin. Fellow senior Jordan Charles recorded a 55-meter hurdles time of 7.31 at the Power Meet, which converts to 7.91 for the 60-meter hurdles and is good for a second-place MW ranking. Caleb Seeton posted his career best of 23-9 in the long jump at the Power Meet, which currently ranks fifth in the MW. Freshman Kirk Unland still sits third in the Mountain West for his 61-8.25 mark in the weight throw at December’s home meet.

Davis Shows Elite Talent Against Elite Competition

Jerayah Davis finished fifth in the women’s 60-meter dash at the Don Kirby Invite behind four of the nation’s best female sprinters. Oregon’s Hannah Cunliffe, the winner of the event, set the all-conditions NCAA record with her time of 7.07 seconds in the race. Second-place finisher and Cunliffe’s teammate Deajah Stevens competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics for the 200 meters, while third-place finisher and fellow Duck Makenzie Dunmore is ranked in the nation’s top 30 for the 60 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters this season. The final athlete to finish in front of Davis, UCLA freshman Celera Barnes, ranks eighth in the MPSF for the 60 meters this season.

Ailshie Keeps Rolling

Sophomore Cowboy Bryce Ailshie continued his great season at the Don Kirby Invite in Albuquerque, placing second in the 800 meters with an altitude-adjusted personal best of 1:50.50. Ailshie has now set a personal best in each of the three 800 meter races he has competed in this season. Ailshie’s time is good for fourth in the Mountain West, tied for 77th in the NCAA and comes in at No. 6 on Wyoming’s all-time list for the event. He has finished second in each of his 800-meter races this season, and even posted the No. 10 time in program history for the 400 meters (48.84) when he competed in the event for the first time in his career on Jan. 14 at the Potts Invitational.

Next Up

The Pokes travel back to the Albuquerque Convention Center for the 2017 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships from Feb. 23-25.