UW Track and Field Competes in Day One at Air Force Invite

Feb. 3, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Complete Results

The University of Wyoming track and field teams competed in the first day of the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday. The day was spent mostly with athletes trying to qualify in the preliminary rounds for the finals on Saturday. However, there were a couple of field events that went through to the finals.

Junior Lauri Smith had a career day in the pole vault competition when she cleared 11' 8". This height gives her a new personal record and gave her a first place finish in the non-seeded division. Based on her performance, UW coaches will now try to get her in the seeded competition slated for Saturday.

Competing for the Cowboys in the 35-pound weight throw finals were redshirt freshman Casey Lass and freshman Brad Charters. Lass finished 11th in the event with throw of 16.3 meters and a new personal record, while Charters finished in 16th place with a toss of 14.82 meters.

"I thought we made some improvements today," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We continue to get better, but I think now we need to get some of our younger athletes to learn how to compete more."

The invite will continue tomorrow morning at 10:00 with the finals in the remaining field events, as well as all track events.