Feb. 24, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams finished day two of the 2006 Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday. The Cowgirls, currently fifth of eight teams, finished the day with 17 points, while the Cowboys, currently fifth of six teams, completed the day with fourteen points.
The highlight of the day came in the weight throw for the Cowgirls. Sophomore Kate Burton, competing in her first conference championships, finished second with a career best throw of 61' 8-1/2". This performance not only secured her of second place, but earned her All-MWC for the first time in her career. Freshman Lynnae Fox also managed to score team points in the event when she finished seventh with a season best toss of 57' 10-1/4".
Another point contributor for the Cowgirls on Friday was senior Michelle Kvernmo. She ran a very solid race in the 5,000-meters that was good enough for fourth place. Her time of 18:02.91 should crack into UW's top-5 all-time list after the altitude adjustment is factored in. The other event that scored for the Cowgirls was the distance medley relay. The team, consisting of seniors Maggie Diller, Emerald Reid, Meredith Furtney and sophomore Danna Herbert, ran a time of 12:49.39 and a seventh place finish.
The rest of the Cowgirls competing in Friday were trying to qualify for the finals that are set for Saturday. UW women that qualified for Saturday in their respective events were sophomores Sharon Larrier and Shaylee Babbitt. Larrier qualified in the 400-meters with her time of 56.14, which ended up being the fifth fastest time on the day. Babbitt extended her weekend by qualifying in both the 60-meter hurdles and the 200-meters. Her time of 8.78 in the 60-meter hurdles not only qualified her for the finals on Saturday, but also puts her fourth all-time in UW history in the event.
For the Cowboys, junior Olav Roe entered the day first in the heptahlon. However, waking up this morning sick he would drop him in the standings to finish fourth overall. He completed the multi-event by finishing third in the 60-meter hurdles, fifth in the 1,000-meters, and eighth in the pole vault. After it was all said and done, he tallied 5,274 points which puts him as the new record holder in Wyoming history.
Other events that contributed to the Cowboys cause were the high jump and weight throw. Three Pokes, senior Tom Hall, and juniors Jared Grant and Phillip Thomas, all cleared the same height of 6' 4" putting them in a three-way tie for seventh. Freshman Casey Lass also took home a seventh place finish in weight throw with a toss of 53' 2-3/4".
The Cowboy distance medley relay team, despite two members competing under the weather, gave all they had to finish the event in fifth place. Seniors Nick Cramer and Jeremiah Johnson, sophomore Michael Arnwine, and freshman Philemon Tanui combined to run a time of 10:22.85. Arnwine also qualified for Saturday's finals when he ran a time of 8.42 in the 60-meter hurdles.
"We did have some nice performances with Kate, Shaylee, and Michelle today," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "However, we need to still get better overall as a team and we will look to regroup to do that on Saturday."
The MWC Championships will finish up on Saturday with the field events starting at 10:30 a.m. and the track events beginning at 1 p.m.