Feb. 22, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - The Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams posted a solid Friday to earn 28 points apiece for respective fourth- and fifth-place standings with Saturday's final rounds remaining at the 2013 MW Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boise, Idaho.
"We fought hard and competed, which is what I wanted to see," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "We already have one more point than we did at last year's indoor meet, final rounds included, so we're headed in the right direction and doing good things with one more day to go. We had several athletes step up and score needed points for us. We were hoping for points in other areas, but overall it was a good day for the program."
Freshman Sabina Sandberg scored 10 team points with a first-place finish in the high jump at a personal-best 5'-8.75," which is the second best all-time height in UW history for the event as she moves from No. 8 (5'7") to No. 2 on the list. The win also marks the first-ever MW title in the event for the Cowgirls.
In the men's long jump, senior Lenyn Leonce placed second at 23'-8.25" to earn eight points for the Cowboys, while junior Mason Finley also earned eight team points in the weight throw following his second-place finish at 60'-5.75." Junior Dalton Sybrant added a team point with his eighth-place mark of 58'-11.25" in the weight throw, while senior Brandon Douglass scored two points with a seventh-place finish in the long jump at 22'-8."
In the women's weight throw, sophomore Shreese Daniels achieved five points for the Cowgirls with a fourth-place finish of 63'-3.50," while Holly Page added four team points with a fifth-place mark in the 5,000-meter run in 17:18.52.
The men's distance medley of Ken Lane, Jason Roascio, Sean Wilde and Michael Banks earned four points with a fifth-place finish of 10:28.59, while the women's DMR foursome of Candace Wollert, Diana Long, Natalie Hurst and Andrea Klimowski logged three Cowgirl points with a sixth-place time of 12:15.90, the eighth-best time for the event in school history.
Freshman Kereston Thomas had a great day in the 60- and 200-meter dashes, earning UW's third-best all-time marks for the events with respective times of 7.52 and 24.39, both personal bests. She qualified for Saturday's final rounds for both races. Senior Katy Hall ran a personal-best 8.52 in the 60-meter hurdles, the fifth-best time in UW history, as she and junior Jenna Mann qualified for Saturday's finals. Junior Sam Kee finished fifth in the 400-meter dash in 56.30, the ninth-best time in school history, to qualify for the finals.
Douglass broke his own school record once again in the 60-meter hurdles with a 7.90, beating his former best of 8.02, while junior Aaron Praska earned an 8.17 in the event to move from No. 5 (8.20) to No.4 on the all-time school list. Michael Tasker also qualified for Saturday's finals with an eighth-place time of 8.18. In the 60-meter dash, Leonce, Harrison Einspahr and Stephen Michel qualified for the finals. Leonce's 6.92 ranks as 10th-best in school history, beating a former best of 6.94.
Sophomore Kyle Sullivan placed fourth in the men's heptathlon to earn five team points as he earned a personal-best 4,994 points for the multi-event, which moves him from No. 6 to No.5 on the all-time UW list just below Brett Zowada's 5,033 from the 2005 season. His previous high tally was 4,678 from last year. To gain the total, he placed first in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.26 seconds, UW's sixth-best all-time mark for the event and right behind Aaron Praska's 8.20 from earlier in the year.
He also achieved a personal-best 11'-9.75" in the pole vault for fifth place (509 points) and a personal-best 2:51.71 in the 1,000-meter run for third place (748 points). Over the course of Thursday and Friday, Sullivan earned a personal-best mark in six of the seven heptathlon events.
The MW Indoor Championships resume Saturday with an 11 a.m. start with the men's high jump, while the track events begin with the women's mile run at 12:30 p.m. The awards ceremony is slated for 3:45 p.m. to conclude the meet.