UW Track and Field Competes In First Day of the MWC Championships

Feb. 24, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming track and field teams competed in the first day of the Mountain West Championships on Thursday in Colorado Springs, Colo. The only events run were the women's pentathlon and four events of the men's heptathlon.

There were two Cowgirls competing in the pentathlon in juniors Leah Burke and Ingvild Carstens. After the five events, Burke finished 11th and Carstens 16th. Burke's score of 3,229 points places her second in Wyoming's history in the pentathlon. Carstens output of2,938 points gives her a personal best in the event. After one event the Cowgirl team is in a four way tie in fifth place with New Mexico, San Diego State, and Utah with zero points. Brigham Young is currently in first with 20 points, followed by UNLV and Colorado State (8), then Air Force (4).

On the men's side, there were no events completed in their entirety. However senior Bret Zowada is currently in third place through four of the six events in the heptathlon. His score of 2,872 only puts him behind Kevin Johnson of CSU (2,967), and Air Force's Caleb Pelger (2,988). Senior Eric Suter is also competing in the heptathlon for the Pokes and he currently stands in ninth place with2,349 points. Tomorrow the heptathlon will be completed with the 60 meter hurdles and the pole vault.

"It was an overall good day for the us," said head coach Don Yentes. "We look for Bret Zowada to stay up in the top three and for Eric Suter to sneak into the top eight to earn points. It has been a long day, but we are excited to get things rolling tomorrow."

The rest of the heptathlon is scheduled to begin at noon on Friday and will be followed by the remainder of scheduled events at around 1:00 p.m. Friday's events include: men and women's 20 pound weight throw, men's and women's long jump, men and women's 5000 meters, men's high jump, men and women's 60 meter hurdle preliminaries, women's 60 meter preliminaries, and women's pole vault. Results can be found on the Mountain West Conference website, www.themwc.com.