Feb. 24, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
More University of Wyoming track athletes put their name in the Wyoming record books Friday on Day Two of the Mountain West Indoor Track Championships.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls did, however, have some disappointing finishes amid the all-time marks. The UW men sit in sixth place out of six teams with 20 points, while the Wyoming women are eighth out of eight teams with four points.
"We had a real mixed bag," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said. "To be truthful, we had some very nice marks and had some kids really do some nice things. We're getting better in the program. Unfortunately, we were counting on some things to happen and they didn't."
Junior Michael Tasker set the all-time school mark in the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line with a time of 8.16 seconds. That mark was 0.02 seconds fasterthan the previous mark. He will run in the finals Saturday.
Senior Joe Plante was second in the men's weight throw, hitting 63-11 1/2, just six inches behind the champion. Junior Mark Sparks was eighth in the weight, 58-7 1/4; and junior Dalton Sybrant was ninth 58-2 1/2.
Junior Brandon Douglass finished fifth in the heptathlon scoring 5,098 points. That put him second all-time in UW history. Freshman Kyle Sullivan was ninth in the heptathlon, earning 4,631 points, good for sixth all-time.
Junior Lenyn Leonce was sixth in the long jump, hitting 23-0 1/2.
Freshman Holly Page got Wyoming on the scoreboard on the women's side, crossing the finish line in eighth in the 5,000-meter run. She recorded an altitude-converted time of 17:02.97. That was third all-time. Junior Abi Bever was 11th in the same race, coming across in 17:47.08.
Sophomore Jenna Mann made the finals in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.82 seconds, and sophomore Erin Kirby was eighth in the 400-meter prelims and will run in the finals with a seed time of 56.55.
Sophomore Andrea Klimowski and freshman Jessica Lemaster were 12th and 14th in the 1-mile run, respectively. Freshman Samantha Kee was fifth in the 200-meter prelims, crossing the line in 24.67. That time is seventh in UW history.
Sophomore Candace Wollert was fifth in the 800-meter prelims and will run Saturday with a seed time of 2:11.75. Junior Olivia Heaston just missed qualifying for the finals, but managed to finish ninth with the ninth-fastest time in UW history, 2:14.69. Senior Ashley Hutchinson was 11th in the weight throw, 56-1 1/4.
"We probably led the meet in ninth-place finishes. Those don't do anything for you," Yentes said. "We've had some kids who have suffered through some tough injuries and they've made some nice strides. It wasn't quite good enough today, but they're going in the right direction. Hopefully, they will make some bigger steps."
Action concludes Saturday, and the action begins at 9:45 a.m. with the women's shot put, and 10:45 a.m. with the women's 60-meter hurdles.