UW Track and Field Competes Well at the Air Force All-Comers Meet

Jan. 13, 2007


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The University of Wyoming track and field program finished up competition at the United States Air Force Academy's All-Comers meet today.

"This was a very low key meet that allowed us to shake off some of the rust from winter break," said assistant coach, Quincy Howe.

The highlights of the day for Wyoming came with freshman Jay Petsch's sixth place finish in the men's 60-meter hurdle event and junior Jennifer Collen's first place finish in the women's long jump event.

"Jay's (Petsch) performance was probably the highlight of the day," said Howe. "His transition from high school to college hurdle heights has been great."

Collen finished in first place in the long jump event with a distance of (16 - 06.00 feet) to improve from her sixth place finish last month at the Wyoming Open.

"Jennifer won the long jump and competed well for her first meet back," said Howe.

Overall, the Cowboys and Cowgirls finished well on the day with several athletes finishing in the top six in their respected events.

For the Cowboys, senior Adam Kelly (7.18) finished in 14th place in the men's 60-meter dash, while freshman Keith Brauneis finished tenth in the 200-meter dash. In the 60-meter hurdles, Petsch's time of 8.62 was good enough to finish sixth.

Senior Olav Roe tied for second place in the men's high jump with a height of 6 3/4 feet, while senior Phillip Thomas finished eighth in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 11 1/2 inches. Roe also placed sixth in the men's shot put with a distance of 42 feet, 3 1/4 inches.

For the Cowgirls, senior Joi Smith (8.49) finished in 12th place in the 60-meter dash, while sophomore Amanda Gordon (26.82) and freshman Andrea Frary (27.50) finished fifth and sixth in the 200-meter dash respectively. Freshman Marion Chebet (63.98) and junior Danna Herbert (64.62) finished eighth and ninth in the 400-meter dash.

Freshman Jennifer Schmitz finished strong with her fourth place time of 9.12 in the 60-meter hurdles. She was followed by freshman Bridgett Schabron (11.82), who finished 11th in the same event. Freshmen Johnna Jeffries (5'-1.0") and Kelsey Kurtz (4'-11.0") both finished in the top five in the high jump with Jeffries finished tied for third while Kurtz finished in fifth place. Junior Anna Hardy finished in sixth place in the pole vaulting event with a height of 9'-6 1/4".

While Collen won the meet in the women's long jump, sophomore Lindsey Fuller was close behind in second place with a distance of 16'-5". Fuller also tied fellow teammate Ashley Knight for fourth place in the triple jump. Both finished with distances of 34'-4 1/4" to round out the competition for the day.

"Today was a great meet to get us competing again," said Howe. "We are looking forward to the upcoming competitions."

Next up for the Cowboys and Cowgirls will be when they travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 27th for the Lobo Invite.