Jan. 22, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming track and field teams competed at the Air Force Invitational this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Cowgirls finished second of ten teams, while the Cowboys ended up third of nine teams.
The Cowgirls had six competitors finish in the top-three of their events, as well as a first place finish in the 4x440 meter relay and second in the distance medley relay. The 4x440 relay team that included senior Ainsley Thrailkill, sophomore Amanda Hopper, and freshmen Sharon Larrier and Shaylee Babbit, ran to a time of 3:50.82 and a first place finish. This time was a ten second improvement from last week's performance. Returning All-Americans Jessica Fox and Shauna Smith would see their first competition of the season this weekend. Fox placed first in the 200 meters with a time of 24.32 and second in the 60 meters in 7.54. Smith finished first in the 60 meter hurdles and a time of 8.50. Freshman Gretchen Fagley stepped up big with a first place finish of her own in the unseeded 3000 meters race (11:11.06) and senior Tanice Barnett finished second in the one mile run (5:21.62). In the distance medley relay, Barnett was joined by juniors Maggie Diller, Brooklan Grimes, and freshman Gladys Jerotich, who ran to a second place finish of 12:57.48.
On the men's side, the Cowboys had six athletes place in the top-three in seven different events, as well as a second place finish in the 4x440 meter relay. Senior Blake Jackson placed in both the long and triple jumps. Jackson placed first in the triple jump (51' 31/2") and third in the long jump (22' 3 3/4"). His mark in the triple jump would provisionally qualify him for NCAA Nationals at the end of the indoor season. In the 35 pound weight throw, All-Americans Kyle Herl and Zack Schaefer also did not waste any time provisionally qualifying for NCAA Nationals. Schaefer placed second with a throw of 65' 10 1/4" and Herl finished third with a toss of 64' 9 1/4". Sophomore thrower Tyg Long placed second in the shot put with a throw of 56' 6". Returning All-MWC high jumper Phillip Thomas would finish second in the high jump with a jump of 6' 6 3/4". The Cowboys left a majority of their sprinters out of competition, but were able to still get a third place finish by junior Jermaine Kelly in the 400 meters (49.03). Juniors Jeremiah Johnson, Robert Harrris, and sophomore Dominic Baysinger would accompany Kelly to a second place finish in the 4x440 meter relay (3:19.97).
"We competed much better this weekend," said Wyoming head coach Don Yentes. "We are progressing, but we are still not where we want to be. Although we showed a lot better effort and competitiveness."
The track and field team will return to action next weekend as they play host to the Robert Shine Invitational. Competition is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the War Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday.