Jan. 26, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The University of Wyoming track and field program finished their first day of competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Dan Depart Invite today, having several athletes place well in their respective events.
"We started out better than we did last year," said UW head track and field coach, Don Yentes. "We're more competitive and more determined than we have been in a while."
The highlight of the day came with Gretchen Johnson's first place finish in 3,000-meter run in a time of 10:18.10. Also placing first in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries was newcomer Cowgirl Adriana Friezen, who's time of 8.49 seconds tied her for first place and punched her ticket to the finals on Saturday. Aniis Hopkins' time of 8.91 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles was a personal best and placed her 11th in preliminaries of that event.
For the Cowboys, Jake Shanklin finished second in the weight throw event with a distance of 60' 6 3/4". Senior Dwight Neptune advanced to the finals in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.94 seconds, while senior Brian Knight finished third in the men's 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:39.36. Sophomores Shadrack Too (8:55.83) and Brett Schuler (8:59.31) also finished in the top ten of the 3,000-meter run, placing sixth and seventh respectively.
"There is a lot of great talent at this meet and we wanted to expose our kids to it in order to toughen them up for down the road," said Yentes. "We're pleased with the way we've competed today."
Teams competing at this year's DeHart Invite include: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU women, Cal Poly women, California, Colorado State (multis only), Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Long Beach State, New Mexico, New Mexico State women, Texas (heptathlon only), Texas Tech, University of Texas-San Antonio women, Wayland Baptist (NAIA - heptathlon only) Western State (D-II) and Wyoming.
The meet will resume Saturday at 10 a.m. with the field events. The track events will begin at 10:25 a.m. with the last event beginning at 3:05 p.m.