Feb. 5, 2011
LINCOLN, Neb. -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams saved their best efforts for Saturday in both events in which its athletes participated.
Two teams took to the track Saturday, as some athletes went to Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invite, and some went to the Boise State Invite in Idaho.
"The majority of kids today did a very nice job," Wyoming head coach Don Yentes said.
In Lincoln, the Cowgirls were bolstered by the performances of the athletes in the 3,000-meter run. Christine Nelson, a freshman, ran to the No. 7 all-time mark in the school history in the event, with a time of 9:59.05. Alysha Davis wasn't far behind, running to a time of 10:07.35.
Lindsey Simmons entered the top-10 all-time list in the 400-meter dash, running to a mark of 56.69 seconds, while Afiya Walker's time in the 400 tied her for 10th place in the country so far this season. She blazed to a time of 53.75 in the event.
"That was a tremendous performance," Yentes said.
But perhaps the highlight of the event for Wyoming was the performance of the women's 4-by-400-meter relay team. The relay team of Erin Kirby, Simmons, Candace Wollert and Walker ran to a winning time of 3:45.97, the first time the Cowgirls have won a relay at the Husker Invite. It also was the third-fastest time in school history.
The Cowboys got solid performances in the 3,000-meter race, including Greg Miller, who was second with a time of 8:23.49. Taylor Kelting and Garrett Zans were fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 8:27.17 and 8:27.59.
"They ran very steady, nice solid races," Yentes said. "It looked pretty good. I don't think we've had three guys run since I've been here."
Wyoming assistant coach Quincy Howe coached some of the other UW athletes in Boise.
Jeremiah James participated in his first track meet of the season and won the triple jump (51-5 ½) and Steven Michel performed well for his first meet as well. He was third in the long jump at 23-10 ¾. Erin Urbanoski set two personal records, in the 60-meter hurdles and the long jump.
"We had a good showing today," Howe said. "I'm pleased with the way we jumped with where we're at in the season."