Jan. 18, 2014
GILLETTE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming women's track team won eight of 12 individual events to earn a 76-33 win over Colorado State at Saturday's Border War Dual in the Campbell County Recreation Center, but the Cowboys lost a narrow 66-55 decision to the Rams despite winning seven events. Senior Audrey West and freshman McKenzie Brogan won two events each for the UW women, while senior Mason Finley won two titles for the UW men.
"I thought both teams competed with good energy and effort today and that was great to see in our first meet back from break," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "The women showed they are very balanced today. We have a lot of good athletes in all the events and showed that with our scoring. We were missing a couple of key men due to injuries, so that affected us today, but we need to get to the point where we have more depth."
West racked up 13 points for the Cowgirls, as she won two events and placed second in another. She took home the title in the 200 meters with a personal-best 25.35 and the long jump in 18-4 1/4, while placing runner-up in the 60-meter dash in a personal-best 7.66. Her 60 time ranks seventh on UW's all-time indoor top 10. Junior Shreese Daniels also notched a mark in Cowgirl history with a personal-best toss of 65-7 1/2 to win the weight throw, which ranks second on UW's indoor charts and 12th in the current national standings.
Brogan took first in the 400 meters in 58.3 and the 600 meters in 1:36.3. Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano, competing in her hometown, won the mile in 5:07, while senior Jenna Mann took first in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.49, just .02 off her personal best. The Cowgirls won all nine points in four events during the meet.
Finley won the weight throw with a personal-best 63-8 3/4 to put him 20th in the nation in the event, while also claiming the title in the shot put at 62-7 3/4. Graduate students Harry Fisher and Thomas Atkinson both made their debut in brown and gold and won the 600 meters in 1:21 and 800 meters in 1:58, respectively. Senior Garrett Zans rounded out UW's middle distance titles with a win in the mile in 4:20. Junior Jason Roascio took the title in the 200 meters at 27.7 and junior Kyle Sullivan won the high jump at 6-5.
"The great thing about Mason's performance today is he knew that he had to throw the weight before the shot to help the team," Berryhill said. "So he did that knowing that would probably affect his showing in the shot, but he did it for the team."
Wyoming continues its season at the Air Force Invitational next Friday and Saturday.