Wyoming Track and Field Has Good Showing at Robert Shine Invitational

Jan. 29, 2005

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The Wyoming men's and women's played host to the Robert Shine Invitational on Saturday at the War Memorial Fieldhouse. The Cowgirls placed second with 98.5 points, just behind Colorado State (131) and ahead of Air Force (60.5). The Cowboys finished third with 95 points behind Air Force (100) and Colorado State (116).

Senior All-American Shauna Smith and sophomore Amanda Hopper were the lone Cowgirls to to capture titles in their respective events.Smith's came in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 7.92, just edging out teammate Leah Burke in second (8.26). Hopper's came in the 400 meters where she a ran a time of 56.20, while freshman Danna Herbert finished close behind in third with a time of 1:00.97. Junior Janine Brathwaite placed third in both the long and triple jumps with a jump of 18' 9 1/2" in the long and 36' 1/4" in the triple.Junior Courtney Schlegal finished second ahead of Brathwaite in the triple jump with a jump of 38' 9". Returning All-American Jessica Fox battled through sickness, but still managed to get a second place finish in the 55 meters (7.08). The Cowgirls went second and third in the 200 meters when freshman Marcial Da Costa ran a time of26.25 and junior Adewunmi Abudu followed at 26.30. Freshman Kat Doherty and sophomore Lauri Smith both vaulted 11' 1/4", but Doherty would place second ahead of Smith due to less misses.Freshman Danielle Rawlings also contributed to the Cowgirls with a third place finish in the mile and a time of 5:45.06.

On the men's side, the Pokes would grab five event titles. Two of the five were earned by junior Blake Jackson in the long and triple jumps. The Cheyenne native improved on both of last week's distances by a foot, soaring 23' 11 1/2" in the long and 52'2 3/4" in the triple. Freshman Jon Lockhart came in second in the triple behind Jackson with a jump of 45' 11 3/4". Sophomore Phillip Thomas snagged the first place crown in the high jump leaping 6' 4". Returning All-Americans Kyle Herl and Zack Schaefer would go one and three in the 35 pound weight throw. Herl captured the title with a throw of 65' 8 1/4", just edging out Schaefer's throw of 65' 6". Sophomore Tyg Long also placed in the throwing events finishing second in the shot put with a throw of 56' Junior Jermaine Kelly won the 400 meters with a time of 50.40. Sophomore Dwight Neptune finished third in the 55 meters (6.42) while junior Robert Harris placed second in the 200 meters (22.61). Freshman Michael Arnwine had one of his best days as a Cowboy by placing third in the 55 meter hurdles (7.82). Senior Bret Zowada vaulted 12' 6"in the pole vault earn third place honors while senior Jeremy Thompson and Brian Knight finished second (4:28.03) and third (4:33.32) in the one mile run.

"Overall I thought the meet went really well," said Wyoming head coach Don Yentes. "We got closer to where we want to be in some places, but stepped back in others."

Coach Yentes also would go on to praise the performances of Blake Jackson, Kyle Herl, Amanda Hopper, and Shauna Smith.

"Next week and the week after will be a good measuring stick of how good we are," added Yentes.

Next week the Wyoming Track and Field teams will travel to Lincoln, Neb. where they will compete in the Husker Invite on Friday and Saturday.