First Day Of Action Wraps Up In Nebraska for Wyoming Tracksters

Feb. 4, 2011

LINCOLN, Neb. - The first day of the Husker Invite was a big success for some University of Wyoming track athletes, and several performances stood out.

The Cowgirls had a day to remember, starting with Chantel Bernabo, who showed her skills in both the 60- and 200-meter dash. She posted times of 7.84 seconds (60-meter dash) and 25.62 seconds in the 200.

The 400-meter dash was a boost to the Cowgirls as well, as Afiya Walker, Erin Kirby and Lindsey Simmons all performed well. Walker's time of 54.54 seconds was one of "the easiest 54 runs I've ever seen," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said.

Kirby's time of 57.09 seconds put her ninth on the top-10 list, and Simmons posted a time of 57.90 after missing all of last season. Olivia Heaston had a personal-best time of 58.06. Kirby also ran in the 60-meter hurdles, hitting a mark of 8.95.

Francis Gipson ran a "nice, steady race" in the 5,000-meter dash, with a mark of 18:31.22, Yentes added.

Mario Harris got the Cowboys on track with his performances in both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. He ran the 200 for the first time in his career, and posted the sixth-fastest time in school history at 21.75 seconds. He also posted a time of 6.85 seconds in the 60.

Yentes also highlighted the performance of Brandon Douglass and Mark Flegel in the 60-meter hurdles. They ran the event in 8.45 and 8.56 seconds, respectively.

"We've got a lot of action tomorrow," Yentes said. "We'll see if we can make some noise. I'm anxious to see what we can do."

The Husker Invite will conclude with final events Saturday.