Feb. 20, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Friday in War Memorial Fieldhouse, the University of Wyoming track and field teams hosted the Robert Shine Invitational. The meet was the last of the regular season before the Mountain West Conference Championships take place next weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 26-28.
"We came into today trying to tune-up a few things before the conference meet next week and I feel that we accomplished a few nice things today," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "Sam (Lambert) and Jeremiah (James) had really big days for us today and are getting closer and closer with every meet."
Senior Sam Lambert had two big personal best's in the shot put and 35lb weight throw as he placed second in the shot put with his toss of 52' 1.75" and fourth-place in the weight throw. In the weight throw he provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with his toss of 67' 2.25" and moved into 12th in the nation.
Sophomore Jeremiah James came close to the NCAA provisional mark with his jump of 24' 3.74" and obtained his fourth first-place title this season. James will enter the conference championships as the leading long-jumper and returning champion.
"Jeremiah continues to sneak up on that provisional mark and hopefully he can reach that mark next weekend," said Yentes.
As for the UW women, they walked away with eight titles and leading the way was sophomore Amanda Aimone with her 20lb weight throw of 58' 9.25", her third first-place victory of the season.
Sophomore Afiya Walker took the title in the 400-meter dash with her personal best time of 58.31. Along with freshman Lindsey Simmons who won the 200-meter dash with her time of 26.19. The two of them combined with junior Erica Anderson and senior Nikki Peterson to run a 4x400-meter time of 4:08.04.
"Our young players performed well today and hopefully they can use this as a springboard into a successful weekend at conference," said Yentes.