Wyoming Track and Field Opens Weekend at Air Force and Nebraska

Feb. 2, 2007


The Wyoming track and field team opened competition at the Air Force and Husker Invitationals on Friday with some strong performances in both Colorado Springs, Colo. and Lincoln, Neb.

The opening day of the Air Force Invitational was highlighted by senior Chris Schabron's first place finish in the 3000-meter run. The Laramie native turned in a lifetime best time of 9:30.60 to win the event. Another solid finish came from sophomore Jake Shanklin who placed second in the weight throw with a provisional NCAA qualifying mark of 64'4- 1/2". Junior Kat Doherty also had a good day and placed third in the pole vault with a height of 11'5-3/4".

Five Wyoming athletes qualified for tomorrow's finals in the sprint events. Junior Sharon Larrier led the way as she turned in the fastest preliminary time in the 400-meter dash at 56.55. Three Cowgirls qualified for tomorrow's finals in the 200-meter dash. Senior Amanda Hopper led the way with the third fastest time in the invite (25.26) while junior Maricel DaCosta ran the seventh fastest time (25.51) and junior Shalee Babbitt turned in the 10th fastest mark (25.67). Junior Vashone West also ran the fifth fastest preliminary time, and the fifth fastest time in UW history, in the 200-meter dash (21.89).

In Lincoln, Wyoming opened competition at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Senior Brian Knight was the lone Cowboy to compete on Friday but he did so in style by turning in the fourth fastest time in school history of 14:42.42 in the 5000-meter run. He finished fourth in the event.

"We had a solid day here in Colorado Springs and Brian did a nice job in Nebraska," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "These meets are stepping stones for the rest of the season and I hope we are learning from them. One major thing our kids need to work on is to not scare themselves before getting on the track. We are looking good in our training and if we can put it all together come meet time, we can be a very tough team. I am excited to see what happens tomorrow."

The UW harriers will wrap up competition at both invites tomorrow.