Feb. 11, 2006
AMES, Iowa -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams completed competition at the Iowa State Invitational in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday. The meet was one of the largest indoor meets in the country with almost 2,000 athletes and over 75 men's and women's teams competing.
The Cowgirl's day was highlighted by three performances that placed three women in Wyoming's all-time top-5 list. Senior Michelle Kvernmo finished 16th of 85 competitors in the 3,000-meters with the new second fastest time in school history of 9:57.47. Returning sophomore All-American Sharon Larrier, etched herself again in the Cowgirl's top-5 list with a time of 55.25 in the 400-meters. This time puts her fourth all-time in the indoor season and was good enough for a sixth place finish out of 89 runners competing. The other career performance came from the Cowgirl 4x400-meter relay team. The team, made up of Larrier, senior Ingvild Carstens, junior Aniis Hopkins, and sophomore Shaylee Babbitt, ran the fifth fastest time in Cowgirl history, 3:50.20.
The Cowboys had some great performances on Saturday, as well. The men's 4x400-meter relay team ran the third fastest time in Cowboy history with a time of 3:14.70 and a 19th place finish. The team consisted of seniors Robert Harris, Jermaine Kelly, and Jeremiah Johnson, and sophomore Michael Arnwine. Harris and Johnson also ran a season best times in their respective events on Saturday. Harris posted his with a time of 48.96 in the 400-meters that was good enough for 43rd place of 115. Johnson ran not only his season best time in the 800-meters, but ran the fastest time he has ran this early in the season when he was clocked with a time of 1:50.95.
Three Cowboys had career days in the 3,000 meters. Senior Brian Knight, sophomore Philemon Tanui, and freshman Shadrack Too all finished in the top half of the field with personal best times. Tanui lead the charge in 27th place with a time of 8:26.09, just ahead of Knight's 29th place time of 8:26.64. Too followed them with a time of 8:33.61 and a 45th place finish of the 100 competing.
"Good things are happening," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We had some kids really step up today in their first real meet where they got to see what Division I competition is about."
The Wyoming track and field teams will have a rare home meet this Friday when they play host to the Robert Shine Invitational. Competition is set to begin at 5 p.m. in the War Memorial Fieldhouse.