Solid Performances for UW Track on Saturday

Feb. 14, 2010


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The University of Wyoming track teams had a pair of fourth-place finishes at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., and individually ran well at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa on Saturday.

The Cowboys scored a total 66 points and the women came away with 45 points at the Air Force Invite, both trailed the leading BYU teams for the team titles.

The Cowboys led the way with redshirt freshman Stephen Michel as the top-collegian in the 60-meter dash and a time of 6.78. He was followed by sophomore Travis Gunderson, who ran a 6.97 in the 60-meter dash, a time that ranks eighth in UW history. Freshman Brandon Douglass placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles in a field of 43 individuals. Junior Jeremiah James once again was the top competitor in the triple jump with his leap of 51' 3.5".

The Cowgirls had many great individual performances with senior Jennifer Schmitz leading the way with a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Johnna Jeffries finished in third place in the high jump, crossing the bar at 5' 7". In the 3,000-meter run, freshman Brooke Hughes ran a personal best and finished second with her time of 10:44.77 before altitude conversion.

"We had some great performances on Saturday with some kids getting back on track and some doing what they are supposed to do," said UW assistant coach Quincy Howe.

At the Iowa State Classic, the show came from junior Afiya Walker in the 400-meter dash. She placed second with a time of 54.62, a time that ranks her third in Cowgirl history. Freshman Taylor Gardner followed Walker with a time of 57.24, ninth all-time for the Cowgirls.

Cowboy freshman Mario Harris ran a solid 400-meter dash with his ninth-place finish and time of 49.11.

"Mario has a lot more to give, he ran a good race but got boxed in early," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "Afiya has been a very consistent runner for us all year long and she showed it on Saturday."

Up next for the UW track and field team will be their second home meet of the year with the Shine Invitational on Friday, Feb. 19th.