UW Finishes the Day With 20 Titles at Robert Shine Invite

Feb. 22, 2008


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As the Robert Shine Invitational came to a close on Friday night, the University of Wyoming track and field teams immediately started gearing up for the Mountain West Conference Championships to be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., next Thursday through Saturday.

"We got to work a few kinks out tonight and we had some very nice performances," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "Shaylee Babbitt and Jennifer Schmitz both wrote their names in the record book tonight with the second and third best times in the 55-meter hurdles, I am very proud of both of them, they did a great job tonight."

With Babbitt's time of 7.84 she tied four-time All-American Shauna Smith for second place all-time at UW and a share of the War Memorial Fieldhouse record. Schmitz was not far behind with her time of 8.02 which places her name just below Babbitt's all-time.

The Cowgirls walked away on top of ten different events, including the 200m, where senior Sharon Larrier flirted with an NCAA provisional time of 24.30, as she ran 24.88. The women were also led by sophomore Johnna Jeffries with her personal best tying 5' 7" in the high jump, while senior Gretchen Johnson competed in her first meet of the year and took the title in the 1-mile race with a time of 5:21.78.

The men also walked away with ten titles, but somewhat bittersweet as one of the men's top jumpers, freshman Jeremiah James injured his ankle while performing the triple jump.

"We had a few injuries that could be very detrimental to this team in next week's MWC Championships, but that's part of athletics and competing," said Yentes.

On the brighter side of things, junior Jake Shanklin continued his success in the 35lb weight throw with a toss of 68' 8 1/2" and another first place finish. Newcomer, Eliud Chirchir took the title in his very first event, the 1-mile run with a time of 4:30.06. Cowboy senior Vashone West, junior Kekoa Chavez, and sophomore Keith Brauneis all won their respective events; the 55-meter dash, the 400-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.

"We will look to some of these guys to step up and get us some much needed points next week," said Yentes. "Before the season the conference picked us to finish fifth in both the men's and the women's and we will have to show them just what they are missing out on here at the University of Wyoming."

Next week's Championships will begin Thursday, March 28th and continue till Saturday, March 1st. Stay up to date on all results and performances at www.wyomingathletics.com.