Seniors Step Up In Shine Invitational

Feb. 17, 2012


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The Wyoming track and field program ended the indoor track regular season in style Friday at the Robert Shine Invitational, setting two new school marks and moving up the nationwide rankings.

"We got a lot of things done today," Wyoming head coach Don Yentes said. "It's not easy doing things on top of the hill in track and field. Our kids have made some strides - we had 16 personal-bests or season-bests. That's far better than where we were three weeks ago. It's coming."

The two biggest highlights of the night came in the men's and women's weight throws, as the UW throwers stepped up.

Two seniors won the events, as Joe Plante and Ashley Hutchinson took the crowns in their respective events. Plante's toss of 66 feet, 1 inch, was 10th on UW's all-time list and was 21st in the nation as of Friday night. Hutchinson's toss was impressive as well, hitting 65-4 ¾, good for second in UW history. That mark also is 22nd in the nation and fifth in Mountain West history.

"It was great to see Ashley and Joe step up as seniors in their last appearance in the War Memorial Fieldhouse and throw big personal records," Wyoming throws coach Paul Barrett said. "They are both peaking right now and making a run to qualify for the NCAA Championships."

Another notable achievement was Air Force's Cale Simmons setting the new Hager-LeBar Indoor Track record in the pole vault, with a mark of 17-10 ½. That bettered the previous mark by nearly 10 inches.

Cowboy results
Wyoming's Tyler Skinner tied for first in the high jump, hitting 6 feet, 8 inches, along with Air Force's Kobi Rex. Stephen Michel finished second in the long jump with a leap of 22-9 ¼, while Kyle Sullivan was fifth, 21-0 ¾. Michel also was second in the triple jump, 45-11 ¼.

Brandon Douglass finished first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.55 seconds. He was followed by Colin Herold in third, 7.65; and Michael Tasker in fourth, 7.70.

Travis Gunderson was first in the 55 dash for the men, 6.48; and Lenyn Leonce was just a whisper behind in second, 6.49. To cap off the night, Henry Ferreira was seventh in the shot put, 49-8 ½.

Cowgirl results
The top three places in the women's long jump went to UW, as Emily Moore was first (17-4 ¼), Karen Koritnik was second (17-3 ½) and Jenna Mann was third (17-3 ¼).

Brittany Rehm tied for second in the high jump, clearing 5-0 ¼. Shanae Lawson was third in the triple jump, 35-0 ¼. Mollie Dahl was third in the shot put, 46-9 ½, while Hutchinson was fourth, 46-2.

Mann was first in the 55-meter hurdles, crossing the line with a time of 8.10 seconds. Erin Kirby was just behind, 8.17;, and Maggie Ochsner was third, 8.42.

Chantel Bernabo was second in the 55-meter dash, 7.21; and Samantha Kee was third, 7.24. Kee's time was a personal-best.Andrea Klimowski was first in the 600-yard run, 1:32.14; and Jessica Lemaster was just behind, 1:32.55. Lindsey Simmons finished first in the 200-meter dash, 25.44; and Taylor Gardner was second, 25.65.

The 4-by-400-meter relay team of Jolie DuBois, Kirsten McKen, Olivia Heaston and Natalie Hurst was first, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:00.72, eight seconds better than the competition.

Up next, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete in the Mountain West Indoor Championships, which begin Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M.