Feb. 12, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams spread their wings on Friday and sent competitors to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete in the Air Force Invitational, to Seattle, Wash., to compete in the Husky Classic, and will have sprinters run tomorrow in Ames, Iowa in the Iowa State Invite.
The bulk of the competitors went to Colorado Springs, and have a first day lead on 10 teams. The Cowboys lead with a total of 32 points while the Cowgirls have 15, just one point ahead of the Air Force Academy.
For the men, the jumpers and throwers carried the weight, as junior Jeremiah James came away with the title in the long jump with his leap of 24' 10" and 10 points for his team. He was followed by redshirt freshman Stephen Michel with his third place jump of 24' 2.25" earning six points for the Pokes.
"Both Jeremiah and Stephen had solid days in the long jump," said UW assistant coach Quincy Howe. "It was a good opportunity for our team to see what the competition will be like in two weeks at the conference meet as four of six teams that will be there were here. It was a true gauge of what conference will be like."
For the Cowgirl jumpers, freshman Erin Urbanoski placed ninth in the long jump and was the seventh-best collegiate competitor. With her jump of 17' 6.25" which earned her three points for the Cowgirls.
In the throwing ring, the Cowboys had a personal best from sophomore Joe Plante in the 35lb weight throw. He finished as the second-best collegiate thrower with his toss of 60' 10.75" which ranks 13th-best all-time in UW history. He was joined by freshman Mark Sparks who also hit a personal best and finished as the eighth-best collegiate with his throw of 54' 6".
"Joe really did a good job today. He just continues to improve with every competition," said UW assistant coach Paul Barrett.
For the Cowgirl throwers, junior Ashley Hutchinson finished seventh overall and was the sixth-best collegiate mark in the 20lb weight throw, with her toss of 56' 3". While junior Amanda Aimone was close behind with a throw of 54' 10.25", good for ninth place overall.
Davis ran a time of 17:36.52 and finished 17th in her section. Her time was her personal best and a mark good enough for sixth all-time in Cowgirl history.
While Miller, who was running with a mild chest cold, ran a 14:53.13 and finished 12th in his section. Both ran against some of the best competition in the nation and fared pretty well.
Tomorrow the Cowboys and Cowgirls will continue action in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will begin their competition in Ames, Iowa.