Feb. 3, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -
Four UW tracksters qualified for the consolation finals Friday at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
Some of the student-athletes wearing Brown and Gold, however, had a tough day on the track.
"We had some kids who got out of their comfort zones and did not perform up to their potential at all," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said. "We've got to get some kids to settle down, and if they do that, they will be successful. It's that simple.
"We did have some people who had some nice performances. We just had some mistakes."
Sophomore Jenna Mann was 15th in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.90 seconds. She qualified for the consolation finals in the event with the performance.
Sophomore Erin Kirby was right behind Mann in the 60 hurdles, finishing 19th with a time of 9.01 seconds. Kirby also was ninth in the 400 dash, 56.97. She will be in the consolation finals. Senior Lindsey Simmons was also 27th in the 400, 58.70.
Junior Michael Tasker was the first Wyoming finisher (22nd) in the men's 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line with a time of 8.39. Freshman Colin Herold was shortly behind in 24th with a time of 8.43 seconds.
Junior Lenyn Leonce was 26th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.04 seconds. Senior Travis Gunderson was 30th, 7.09. Leonce also was 15th in the 200 dash (22.10) and will run in the consolation finals. That time was a personal-best mark, which put him 10th on UW's all-time list.
Chantel Bernabo, a senior, was 32nd in the women's 60-meter dash (8.06.)
Freshman Samantha Kee was ninth in the 200-meter prelims, 25.17, and will be in the consolation finals. Bernabo was 18th in the same race, 25.61.
Abi Bever had the highest finish of the day for the Cowgirls, coming in third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:33.63. That time was seventh in Cowgirl history, and Yentes called her performance a "fantastic job."
Action picks up at 9 a.m. Saturday in Day 2 of the Husker Invitational.