Jan. 27, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The University of Wyoming track and field program finished up competition in Albuquerque, N.M. at the Dan DeHart Invite today, with several athletes placing well in their respective events. The Cowboys placed eighth out of 11 teams while the Cowgirls finished up ninth out of 16 teams.
"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 meet came with the men's distance medley relay as they finished in first place with a time of 10:11.23. The relay team included seniors Brian Knight, Philemon Tanui and Nick Cramer and junior Mark Korir.
Junior Cowgirl distance runner Gretchen Johnson placed first in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:18.10. UW newcomer Adriana Friezen time of 8.52 seconds placed her second in the women's 60-meter hurdle event. The women's 4x400 meter relay team, which broke the War Memorial Fieldhouse record last December, finished fourth with a time of 3:49.82. Junior Nikki Peterson (2:23.33) and freshman Marion Chebet (2:24.47) finished tenth and 11th in the women's 800-meter run. Senior Amanda Hopper recorded a third place time of 56.10 seconds in the women's 400-meter dash. In the women's weight throw event, senior Shannon Popp finished in sixth place with a distance of 60' 8.00".
"I thought Amanda [Hopper] ran a decent 400 after a year and a half off," said Yentes.
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 yesterday, but ended up eighth overall. 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. Senior triple jumper Blake Jackson finished up competition placing third with a distance of 50' 0.00", while sophomore John Alderson finished in fifth place with a distance of 47' 1.00" in the same event.
"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.
"We did some good things and we did some bad things, but on the whole, we're much improved from last year," said Yentes.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will split their squad for their next competition as one squad will head to Lincoln, Nebraska and the other will travel to Colorado Springs. Both competitions will begin on Friday, February 2 and run through Saturday, February 3.