Jan. 29, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In just their third meet of the season, the University of Wyoming track and field athletes showed they were ready for competition Saturday at the Don Barrett/Air Force Duals.
Overall, UW's student-athletes won eight events, and eight athletes set new marks on UW's all-time top-10 list.
"Some of our kids did very well," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said. "We had some very nice performances."
Individually, six women etched their names in the UW all-time records, starting with Chantel Bernabo in the 60-meter dash. She won the event, and her time of 7.71 seconds put her in a tie for eighth on the top-10 list.
Ashley Hutchinson had a great day in the throwing events, taking first in the meet with a shot put mark of 47 feet, 3 inches. That was good for a personal-best mark, and 10th all-time. She also won the weight throw with a toss of 61-11 ¾, another personal best and ninth all-time on UW's list.
"Ashley had a great day," UW throws coach Paul Barrett said. "She stepped up and competed really well."
Jenna Mann put her name in the ninth spot on the all-time list with her time in the 60-meter hurdles at 9.04 seconds. Maggie Ochsner's time also got her in the top 10 list in the 60-meter hurdles. With a time of 9.05, she tied for 10th all-time with current teammate Larissa Edwards. Christine Nelson's time of 5:18.81 in the mile, converted for altitude, was good for 10th all-time.
Afiya Walker won the 200-meter dash, and solidified her spot in the all-time ranks with a 24.62, good enough to tie for fourth on the list. The other event winners for the women were Candace Wollert in the 800-meter run (2:16.72) and Erin Urbanoski in the long jump (18-1 ½).
The Cowboys rewrote the record books as well, as two student-athletes put their names in the all-time list.
One of the new marks came from the 60-meter dash as Travis Gunderson ran to a time of 6.95, which puts him ninth all-time. Brandon Douglass tied his own school record in 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.26 seconds. The other event winners for the Cowboys were Lenyn Leonce in the long jump (24-2 ½) and Jaymes Talkington in the triple jump (46-7 ½).
The Cowboys did that despite having to leave several key athletes at home due to injuries and sickness.
"From those performances, it was definitely a good day," Yentes said. "We have a few aches and pains on the men's side. Hopefully we'll get them back quickly and we'll move forward."
In the dual scoring, the Wyoming women went 5-0, while the men posted a record of 2-3. The women beat Colorado, Colorado State, Air Force, Long Beach State and Northern Colorado, while the men took down Long Beach State and Northern Colorado.Wyoming now will prepare to head to two events next weekend, the Husker Invite in Lincoln, Neb., and the Boise State Invite in Boise, Idaho.
"It's early (in the season), but its only four weeks away from the (the Mountain West Indoor) conference meet," Yentes said. "You either need to be able to step it up or get out of the way and let somebody else do it. We had some nice runs today, but we're looking to try to find people to take that step forward to help at the conference meet."