5,000-Meter Run Performances Highlight Day For UW Track and Field at Husky Invite

Feb. 10, 2007

SEATTLE, Wash. -

Complete Results

The University of Wyoming track and field program concluded their competition today in Seattle, Washington at the Husky Invite with several athletes finishing with personal and season's best performances. The meet featured so many athletes that the finals were broken down into sections.

The highlight of the day came with junior Gretchen Johnson's and senior Brian Knight's performances in the women's and men's 5,000-meter run. Both athletes ran times that placed them second all-time in Wyoming history in that event. Johnson finished in fifth place in the section two finals of the women's 5,000-meter with a time of 17:20.73. Knight's second place finish in the finals of section three placed him second with a time of 14:29.06.

"We've accomplished some good things here today, but we've still got some things we need to work on," said UW head track and field coach, Don Yentes

For the Cowgirls, sophomore Adriana Friezen and senior Aniis Hopkins both finished in first place in their respective sections of the women's 60-meter hurdles preliminaries. Those races qualified them for the finals where Friezen placed fourth in finals of section one with a time of 8.59 and Hopkins placed third in the finals of section two with a time of 8.79.

"Our women's hurdlers ran really well today," said Yentes.

Senior Amanda Hopper placed third in the second section of the women's 400-meter dash finals with a time of 56:23. Sophomore Nikki Peterson ran a lifetime best in the women's one mile run placing 13th in the finals of section five with a time of 5:11.05. Junior Jennifer Collen finished the day in second place in the second flight of the women's long jump finals with a distance of 17' 6 ¼". In the women's 200-meter dash, junior Shaylee Babbitt finished fifth in the finals of section two, while junior Maricel DaCosta placed third in the finals of section six.

For the Cowboys, senior distance runner Nick Cramer ran a season's best time in the men's 800-meter run placing fifth in the finals of section three with a time of 1:52.64. Also running well today for the Pokes was junior sprinter Vashone West, who placed first in the finals of section three in the men's 200-meter dash with a time of 21.88.

"We need to put everything together before going into conference," said Yentes.

Next up for the Wyoming track and field program will be next Friday as they look to host the Robert Shine Invitational at War Memorial Fieldhouse in Laramie.