Jan. 21, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
The University of Wyoming Track and Field teams showed signs of improvement at the Jack Johnson Minnesota Invite in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday. The Cowgirls posted seven top-five finishers, while the men captured six in the highly competitive meet.
"We told our kids that our goal for this meet was to get better than we were last week and I think we did that," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "I am very pleased with our progress, but we still need to continue to work hard and continually get better."
Returning All-American Sharon Larrier was the only UW athlete to come home with a title in any event. The sophomore ran a time of 56.65 to win the 400-meters, while senior Ingvild Carstens finished fifth in the same event with a time of 59.14. Senior Michelle Kvernmo cracked into the school's top-five all-time list when she finished fifth in the 3,000-meters with a time of 10:05.38. This personal best time currently places her fourth all-time in UW history in the event. The Cowgirl 4x400-meter relay team's time of 3:55.61 was good enough for third place to round out the track events.
In the field events the Cowgirls also showed some improvements. Sophomore Kate Burton and junior Shannon Popp finished second and third in the 35-pound weight throw. Burton went a distance of 59' 11", while Popp's longest throw went 58' 1". Junior Lauri Smith had a career day in the pole vault when she cleared a personal best height of 11' 2-1/2" for a fifth place finish.
The best Cowboy finisher on the day was senior Robert Harris in the 400-meters. He ran a time of 50.52 for a second place finish, while junior Jermaine Kelly finished fourth in the same race with a time of 50.59. In the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Michael Arnwine had a good day with his fourth place time of 8.43, while the Cowboy 4x400-meter relay team finished third with a time of 3:20.34.
The 35-pound weight throw event was almost as good for the Cowboys as it was for the Cowgirls. Redshirt freshman Casey Lass throw of 52' 6" was good enough for third place, while freshman Brad Charters was right behind in fourth place with a toss of 52' 3-1/4".
The UW track and field teams will have a weekend off of competition next weekend before they return to action on February 3-4 for the Air Force Invite.