COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Freshman Ricky Faure won the 800 meters at the Air Force Invite on Saturday to wrap up competition at the meet for the University of Wyoming track and field teams. The Cowboys and Cowgirls had strong showings in the hurdles and middles distances in their first competition of the spring semester.
"For Ricky to go out there in his first collegiate race and earn a victory and become the seventh-fastest Cowboy in history shows who he is," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "He is a very talented individual who always wants to win. If you've seen him race, he always has an eye to win. With 200 meters left today, he looked up and was about 10 meters back and just finished. It will be exciting to see how he progresses through the season."
Making his debut in Brown and Gold, Faure crossed the line in 1:51.75 for the seventh-fastest indoor time in school history in the event. The time currently ranks 38th in the NCAA. The Cowboys also got top-three finishes from junior Scott Carter and senior Colin Herold. The duo claimed third in the triple jump and 60-meter hurdles, respectively. Carter leapt 48-4 and Herold ran 8.29. Junior Amos Bowen was sixth in the mile at 4:16.
For the Cowgirls, sophomore Kerry White was runner-up in the 800 meters in 2:14, the second-fastest time in the Mountain West this season. Sophomore Audra DeStefano was fifth in the mile in a personal-best 4:57, the fastest time in the conference this season and third in Cowgirl history. Sophomore Mikalah Skates and junior McKenzie Brogan were fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and 400 meters. Skates ran 8.75 and Brogan 57.5.
Wyoming hosts the Powder River Triangular next Saturday in Gillette, Wyo., at the Campbell County Rec Center.