Jan. 11, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - After not competing since the Dec. 7 Power Meet, the Wyoming track and field teams resumed the indoor season with success Friday evening at the Holiday Inn Invitational at Nebraska's Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.
Both the men's and women's squads saw multiple athletes achieve personal bests while others earned top marks in their respective events.
"It was a solid day for us and good to get back into the swing of things," said coach Bryan Berryhill. "There were quite a few athletes who did very well and came out and performed as expected following their training over the break. Overall, it was an upbeat team effort and our teams were ready to compete."
Senior Abi Bever earned a personal record time of 10:18.35 in the 3,000-meter run, beating her former best time of 10:18.89 from last season. In the 60-meter dash, Audrey West achieved a personal-best time of 7.80 seconds, topping her old mark of 7.91 from a year ago.
On the men's side, several 60-meter hurdlers broke their previous best times for the event in Friday's preliminary round. Senior Brandon Douglas, who placed first overall, beat his former best time of 8.18 seconds from 2011 with an 8.11 and moved from third to first on the all-time UW list for the event ahead of Michael Tasker's 8.16. Jacob Edwards ran an 8.40 to beat his 2011 best of 8.73, while junior Aaron Praska topped his 8.46 from 2011 by a hundredth of a second at 8.45. In the mile run, junior Ken Lane earned a 4:27.06 to beat his 2011 best of 4:27.65 by just over a half-second.
In the women's 60-meter hurdles preliminaries, senior Katy Hall placed first in 8.79 seconds and was followed closely by junior Jenna Mann, who came in fourth at 8.85. Candace Wollert had a nice finish in the 800-meter run, arriving in second at 2:10.52 with Olivia Heaston (5th, 2:14) and Natalie Hurst (10th, 2:19) close behind.
In the mile run, Andrea Klimowski placed second in 5:05.78, while Bever came in second in the 3,000-meter with her personal-best time. Holly Page and Devon England led the pack in the 5,000-meter, earning respective times of 18:05.52 and 18:28.33.
For the women's throwers, Wyoming had the top three placements in the weight throw as Shreese Daniels (16.65m), Anna George (16.42m) and Cody Milbourn (16.38) led the field. Sophomore Katie Higgins placed eighth at 15.35 meters.
In the men's 3,000-meter, junior Garrett Zans placed second at 8:27.71 with Aaron Derner (5th, 8:39) and Michael Banks (6th, 8:44) in close pursuit. In the long jump, senior Lenyn Leonce came in fourth place at 7.19 meters, while weight throwers Dalton Sybrant (2nd, 17.23m) and Mark Sparks (4th, 17.08m) had strong finishes.
The Holiday Inn Invitational continues Saturday beginning with the field events set to start at 11 a.m. MT. Live results and a schedule of events can be found at the above links.