Feb. 12, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming did some rewriting of the record books this weekend at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. This meet is one of the biggest in the indoor season including over 25 teams and 2,500 athletes.
For the Cowgirls, the highlight of the weekend was when senior Jennifer Thompson broke her own school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:18.81. Teammate Gretchen Fagley was not for behind with a time of 17:42.88, which puts her third on the all-time list. In the one mile, junior Brooklan Grimes etched herself in the record books when she ran 4:58.04. This time puts Grimes second all-time in Wyoming indoor track and field history. Freshman Gladys Jerotich and junior Michelle Kvernmo did not want to get left out of making history when they took the track in the 3,000 meters. Jerotich posted the second best finish all-time at 9:58.57 and Kvernmo marked the fifth best time at 10:07.30. Sophomore Amanda Hopper ran her personal best time and the fifth best time ever in the 400 meters at 54.82. Both relay teams for the Cowgirls battled through adversity to place their names and times in the Wyoming record books. The 4x400 meter relay team consisting of, seniors Shauna Smith and Jessica Fox, sophomore Amanda Hopper, and freshman Shaylee Babbitt, placed second and ran the second best time in school history, 3:40.85. The Cowgirl distance medley relay team also posted the fifth best time ever at 12:21.75.
For the Cowboys, senior Jeremy Thompson had one of his best days as a Cowboy. Thompson posted his personal best time in the 800 meters running in 1:51.95. This personal best places Thompson fourth all-time ever in the indoor 800 meters. The 4x400 meter relay team consisting of juniors Jeremiah Johnson, Robert Harris, Jermaine Kelly, and freshman Michael Arnwine, marked the fifth best time ever in Wyoming history with a time of 3:17.13. Junior Ragan Driver ran his personal best time when he posted a time of 15:12.31 in the 5,000 meters. Harris and Kelly also ran their best times of the season in the 200 and 400 meters. Harris ran a time of 22.25 in the 200 and 48.89 in the 400 meters, while Kelly ran a time of 22.36 in the 200 and 48.82 in the 400 meters. Sophomore Adam Kelly ran his best time in the 200 meters at 22.42. Senior Zack Schaefer placed sixth in the weight throw against tough competition with a throw of 66' 1 3/4".
"We are slowly climbing to where we want to be," said Wyoming head coach Don Yentes. "We are still just a little off-kiltered, but with some of the adversity our kids faced this weekend I thought they laid it all on the line."
The Wyoming track and field teams will have next weekend off to get ready for the Mountain West Conference Championships on Feb. 24-25 in Colorado Springs, Colo.