Men's Distance Runners Shine at Husky Classic

Feb. 8, 2013

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SEATTLE - Two Wyoming men's 5,000-meter runners highlighted opening day of the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., with some of the best times in Wyoming history Friday evening at the Dempsey Indoor Center.

In his first 5,000-meter run at UW, newcomer Amos Bowen placed 58th in the event with a time of 14:42.49, which ranks as the eighth-best time in school history for the indoor 5,000-meter. Senior Nick Ekel also performed well, placing 66th overall in 14:48.48, which comes in as the ninth-best time in school history for the event.

Redshirt freshman Aaron Derner came close to a school Top-10 mark, but finished 18 hundredths of a second behind Garrett Zans' No. 10-best 14:52.42 with a 14:52.60 Friday evening.

"I thought we came out and battled hard tonight," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "Amos is fun to watch - he sticks his nose in there and is a tough racer. Ekel and Derner also had nice finishes and represented us well in the 5k."

In the women's 5,000-meter, sophomore Holly Page got tripped up during the race and ended up placing 61st overall in 17:40.60. Senior Abi Bever also competed and ran a 17:49.81 for 66th place. In the women's 200-meter dash, freshman Kereston Thomas came in 11th place with a personal-best 25.08, while freshman Harrison Einspahr earned a 22.78 in the men's 200-meter dash.

Competing in Albuquerque, N.M., men's weight throwers Mark Sparks and Dalton Sybrant came in respective fourth- and fifth-place distances, while Mollie Dahl and Shreese Daniels finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in the women's shot put. Results of the women's weight throw and men's shot put were unavailable as of press time.

The Husky Classic resumes Saturday morning with the 3000-meter run at 9 a.m. MT, while the field events begin at 11 a.m. with the high jump. Wyoming also competes at the Air Force Team Challenge in Colorado Springs, Colo., with the field events slated for an 8:30 a.m. start and the track events beginning at 11 a.m.