Wyoming Track and Field Opens Season At Air Force All-Comers Meet

Jan. 15, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track and field team combined for 18 individual top-three performances and a pair of first place relay finishes, Saturday afternoon at the 2005 Air Force All-Comers Meet at the Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Nine Cowgirls finished in the top-three of their event and the 4x440 relay team placed first on the day. In the relay, sophomore Amanda Hopper, freshman Shaylee Babbitt, sophomore Aniis Hopkins and senior Ainsley Thrailkill ran to a first place time of 4:10.09. Hopper ran to a second place time of 7.74 in the 60 meter dash. Babbitt finished second in the 200 meter dash (26.25), edging out junior Adewunmi Abudu (26.44). Junior Kristin Brauneis finished third in the mile, running to a time of 6:03.16. In the 800 meters, junior Tanice Barnett finished second (2:22.05) and junior Maggie Diller finished third (2:25.49). Junior Brooklan Grimes placed third in the 3000 meter run (11:52.16). Hopkins jumped into second place in the long jump with a distance of 17' 4 1/4" while junior Courtney Schlegel finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 36' 1 1/2".

Nine Cowboys finished in the top-three of their events and the 4x440 relay team finished first. In that relay, junior Jermaine Kelly, sophomore Dominic Baysinger and juniors Robert Harris and Jeremiah Johnson ran to a first place time of 3:23.63. Sophomore Dwight Neptune won the 60 meter dash in a time of 6.97 and sophomore Adam Kelly finished second with a time of 7.03. Senior Jeremy Thompson won the 800 meters in a time of 1:58.51 edging out fellow senior Matt Hudson who ran to a second place time of 1:58.58. A pair of Cowboys finished in the top-three of the high jump with sophomore Phillip Thomas placing first (6' 6 3/4") and sophomore Tom Hall placing third (6' 2 3/4"). Harris placed third in the 200 meter dash (22.41), junior Eric Suter placed second in the 60 meter hurdles (8.59) and junior Bret Zowada placed second in the long jump (21' 1 1/2").

"Today was a typical first meet," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We need to keep getting better so we can compete at the level where we want to be. We are just getting back into it and it feels good to get going."

The Wyoming throwers competed at the Colorado Open Indoor Meet, Friday night at Balch Fieldhouse on the CU campus. The Cowboys swept both throwing events as sophomore Tyg Long won the shot put and senior Kyle Herl won the weight throw. Long threw the shot a distance of16.63 meters and Herl threw the weight 18.75 meters. Senior Zack Schaefer finished second in the weight throw with a distance of 18.70. Sophomore transfer Marji Bovey, from Spokane Community College, competed for the first time as a Cowgirl. She placed third in the shot put (13.33 meters) and sixth in the weight throw (15.10 meters).

The track and field team will return to action next Friday and Saturday as they travel back to Colorado Springs to compete in the Air Force Invitational. Friday's action is set to begin at 1 p.m. and Sunday's competition will begin at 10 a.m.