Cowgirls, Cowboys Wrap Up Solid Track Weekend

Feb. 12, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In one of their last events before the conference meet, the UW tracksters showed how much far they have come since the beginning of the season.

At Air Force
A contingent of 41 athletes finished up action at the Air Force Academy Invite on Saturday. The Wyoming women's team scored 37 points to finish fourth out of 24 teams, just one point out of third place. The men's team was fourth with 49 points, two points out of third.

There were several individuals who stood out in Colorado Springs.

"It was a meet that we had a bunch of pretty good individual performances," UW assistant coach Quincy Howe.

The 4-by-440 yard relay team of Diana Long, Olivia Heaston, Natalie Hurst and Emily Hirschfeld was third with a time of 3:58.21.

"They weren't at full force, but competed very well," Howe said.

In the 1-mile run, Maya Martinez was fifth with a time of 5:28.42, and Francis Gipson was fifth in the 3,000-meter run, 11:20.68.

Gretchen McCormick was third in the 800, 2:19.21, while Olivia Heaston was fourth in the 400, 57.75. Katy Hall made the 60-meter hurdle finals and ran to a mark of 8.93, good for 10th overall.

The men also had numerous standouts, including Caleb Her Many Horses, who was third in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:27.87, and Michael Banks was third in the 3,000-meter run (9:08.17).

Jeremiah James also won the triple jump (51-8 ¼), his second straight win at the meet.

Mark Flegel put his name on the UW all-time list with a time of 8.33 in the 60-meter hurdles, good for fourth on the top-10 list.

At Washington
Two UW distance runners competed Saturday at the Washington Husky Invite in Seattle, Wash., on the final day of competition.

Alysha Davis finished 69th in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:14.11, while Garrett Zans was 99th with a time of 8:29.12 in the men's event.

"Both ran steady, but they need to continue to improve their fitness and ability to finish strong over the last kilometer of their races," UW distance coach Randy Cole said.

The UW track athletes will host the Shine Invite on Friday in Laramie, Wyo.