Feb. 4, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams finished up competition at both the Air Force and Husker Invites, on Saturday. The sprint and field event athletes were at Air Force, while the both Cowboy and Cowgirl distance teams went to Nebraska.
In Colorado Springs, Colo., the Cowgirls posted nine top-5 finishes by the end of the day. Senior Adewunmi Abudu and sophomore Shaylee Babbitt both had nice days by coming away with top-five finishes in two events. Abudu finished second in the 60-meters with a time of 7.88, while her time of 25.38 was good enough for fourth in the 200-meters. Babbitt managed to finish second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.91 and also grabbed a third place finish in the 200-meters (25.27). Sophomore Sharon Larrier finished second in the 400-meters with a time of 55.57, while junior Aniis Hopkins pulled out a fifth place finish in the 60-meters hurdle by posting a time of 9.02. The Cowgirl 4x440 yard relay team, consisting of Larrier, Hopkins, senior Ingvild Carstens, and freshman Cyndi Cook, finished second with a time of 3:54.19.
In the Cowgirl field events, there were two women that were able to come away with fifth place or better finishes. Sophomore Kate Burton finished fourth in the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 59' 5". Then, junior Lauri Smith, who won Friday's non-seeded pole vault event, placed fifth in the seeded event when she cleared 11' 8-1/2". That mark broke her personal best that she set Friday when she went 11' 8".
On the Cowboys' side of things, juniors Dwight Neptune and Olav Roe both had good days. Neptune finished fifth in the 60-meters when he ran a time of 6.99 in his first time out this season. Roe, who is a decathlete using the indoor season in preparation for the outdoor season, placed second in the high jump when he cleared 6' 6-3/4".
At the Husker Invite in Lincoln, Neb., senior Jeremiah Johnson ran a good race in the 800-meters when he finished sixth (1:52.27), just ahead of junior teammate Nick Cramer's seventh place time of 1:52.28. Against a large field in the men's 3,000-meters, sophomore Philemon Tanui and senior Brian Knight ran well, finishing in ninth (8:31.96) and 11th places (8:37.17). In the women's 3,000-meters, senior Michelle Kvernmo ran a solid 12th place time (10:04.89) out of 35 competitors.
"We are slowly starting to get it together," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "Things are starting to come and I believe we could be a good team by the time the outdoor season comes around."
Next up for the UW track and Field teams will be the Iowa State Invite in Ames, Iowa, on February 10-11.