Feb. 5, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming track and field teams battled against tough competition at the Husker Invite in Lincoln, Neb. this weekend. The competition was non-scoring, but the Cowboys and Cowgirls stepped up against the tough field.
Senior All-American Shauna Smith, had a productive weekend.The Sheridan native provisionally qualified for NCAA Nationals in both the 60 meter hurdles and 400 meters. She also was the top place finisher for the Cowgirls as she placed third in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.48. Although Smith was the top place finisher, there were certainly plenty of other good performances from UW student-athletes.
Senior Natalie Kean wrote herself in Wyoming's all-time top five performance list in the 3000 meter run. Kean turned in a time of 10:07.44, which puts her fifth all-time. Juniors Maggie Diller and Brooklan Grimes also marked themselves in UW history in the one mile.Diller posted a personal best time of 5:03.33 just ahead of Grimes at 5:06.71. These two times place them fourth and fifth on the all-time indoor list. The Cowgirl distance medley relay team marked not only the third best time in school's history (12:08.30), but also the best time since 1981. The relay team included Diller, Grimes, senior Tanice Barnett, and sophomore Amanda Hopper.
The top performers for the Cowboys would be the returning All-Americans Zack Schaefer and Kyle Herl. Schaefer placed second (67' 11"), while teammate Herl ended up fourth (66' 1 3/4"), in the weight throw. Sophomore Tyg Long finished third in the shot put with a personal best toss of 57' 2 3/4". That throw was short one quarter of an inch from provisionally qualifying for NCAA Nationals. Senior Jeremy Thompson placed fourth in the 800 meters with a personal best time of 1:53.21. Juniors Brian Knight and Ragan Driver displayed personal best performances in the 3000 meter run. Knight finished sixth with a time of 8:28.05 while Driver placed 14th at 8:42.00. The Pokes also did a little rewriting of the record books when the distance medley team posted a time of 10:06.19.Seniors Thompson and Matt Hudson, juniors Jeremiah Johnson and Jermaine Kelly ran to the third best time in school history.
"It was a pretty good weekend," said Wyoming head coach Don Yentes. "We are slowly continuing to get closer to where we want to be. We had some real good efforts and this was probably our best overall effort at this particular Invitational."
The Wyoming Track and Field teams will be on the road again next weekend when the go to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Invite on Friday and Saturday. This will be their last competition before the Mountain West Conference Championships on February 24-25 in Colorado Springs.