COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Event titles from senior Shreese Daniels and freshman Calum Kepler highlighted the University of Wyoming track and field team's first day at the Air Force Invite on Friday. Daniels won the weight throw, while Kepler crossed the line first in the 800 meters.
"Today looked like the first meet of the year," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "There was some rust out there, but a lot of our athletes will get better from now to the conference championships. Shreese has been battling a minor injury so it was good to see her compete like that, while Calum looked very poised in his first collegiate track meet and ran a great race plan."
Daniels' winning toss was 63-11 and Kepler ran 1:56, but senior Sabina Sandberg and freshman Rebecca Harris were the only two Wyoming athletes to move into the program's history books on Friday. Sandberg finished fifth in the pentathlon with a personal-best 3,500 points. The mark moves her from third to second in UW's top 10 in the event, as she set personal bests in the long jump and 800 meters at the meet. Harris was right behind her in sixth with 3,410 points, good for third in Cowgirl history in her first attempt at the event.
"The neat thing about the multi-events is they are the first event so they get the momentum going for the whole meet," Berryhill said. "Sabina and Rebecca competed well and did what they needed to do to give us a positive start. They showed today they can step in and replace Jenna Mann's points in that event."
Other highlights for the Cowboys included junior Tyler Anderson placing third in the weight throw with a mark of 63-5. Sophomore Damon Unland was fifth in the event at 59-4. Freshman Robert Creager cleared 6-2 3/4 for fourth in the high jump, while sophomore Bobby Wingeleth placed the same in the long jump at 22-8 1/2. Senior Colin Herold and junior Scott Carter both qualified for Saturday's final in the 60-meter hurdles. Herold ran the second-fastest time in prelims at 8.18 and Carter ran 8.38.
For the Cowgirls, senior Katie Higgins finished fifth in the weight throw at 57-9. Sophomore Mikalah Skates and freshman Heidi Pfoor qualified for the final in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.80 and 9.09, respectively. Freshman Kim Robertson ran 57.2 in the 400 meters to qualify fourth in the 400 meters, while McKenzie Brogan advanced as well with a 57.7.
Saturday's field events begin at 11 a.m. MT, followed by running events at 12:30 p.m.