Jan. 13, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams competed in their first meet of the 2006 season when they traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the Air Force All-Comers Meet. The Cowboys and Cowgirls had nine top-three finishers including two event winners in their respective events.
The one event champion for the Cowgirls came from junior Lauri Smith in the pole vault. Smith, along with sophomore teammate Kat Doherty, cleared a height of 10' 11-3/4", but Smith managed to perform the task with less misses to take home the title. Freshman Lynnae Fox had a strong showing in the shot put when she went 42' 9-1/2" which proved good enough for third place. Coming in a close fourth place was senior Marji Bovey with a toss of 42' 3-1/2". In the 20-pound weight throw the Cowgirls also came away with third and fourth place finishes when junior Shannon Popp threw a distance of 60' 1-3/4", just ahead of sophomore Kate Burton's throw of 58' 1-3/4". Another Cowgirl to place in her event was sophomore Amanda Gompert when she cleared a height of 5' 3" in the high jump to finish second.
In the track events, sophomore Shaylee Babbitt had a very good day. She managed a third place time of 25.87 in the 200-meters and a fourth place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.09. Senior Awunmi Abudu finished fourth in the 200-meters with a time of 25.90 and freshman Cyndi Cook's time of 62.30 was also good enough for a fourth place finish in the 400 meter dash.
On the men's side, the Cowboys also had one event champion by senior Tom Hall in the high jump. Hall and junior teammate Jared Grant both cleared 6' 4-3/4", but it took Grant more chances in doing so, giving Hall the number one spot. Senior Brian Sinner finished third in the triple jump when he leaped 44' 10-3/4" and placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 20' 9-1/4".
On the track, the Cowboys 4x440 yard relay team finished second with a time of 3:23.19. The team consisted of seniors Jermaine Kelly, Jeremiah Johnson, Robert Harris, and junior Domonic Baysinger. Junior Philemon Tanui came home with a fourth place finish in the one mile run with a time of 4:34.03, just ahead of sophomore Shadrack Too's time of 4:35.18.
"It was a typical first meet back from the holiday break," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "I thought we had a very average performance, but hopefully we may have learned a few things today that can make us better down the road."
The UW track and field teams will be in competition next weekend when they go to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Minnesota Invite. This meet draws a lot of big schools and should be loaded with competition.