Wyoming Track and Field Finishes Day Two at the Mountain West Championships

Feb. 25, 2005

Complete Day Two Results

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming track and field teams finished day two of competition at the Mountain West Conference Championships of Friday at the Air Force Academy. Seniors Bret Zowada and Zack Schaefer both earned All-Mountain West Conference honors in their respective events.

The Cowboys are currently in third place with 38 points behind Colorado State (76.5) and BYU (50.5). Air Force (32), New Mexico (31), and Utah (3) round out the rest of the league. Zowada earned his All-Conference honors when he finished third in the heptathlon with5,033 points. This would prove not only to be a personal best for Zowada, but shattered Wyoming's all-time best, also held bu Zowada.Teammate Eric Suter also scored team points in the heptathlon with his eighth place finish. Senior All-American Zack Schaefer grabbed his All-MWC honors for the second time in his career when he placed second in the 35 pound weight throw. Schaefer did this with a throw of 65'3-1/4", while teammate Kyle Herl took fourth earning team points with a throw of 64' 1'3/4". Junior Blake Jackson and sophomore Phillip Thomas just barely missed All-MWC honors with their fourth place finishes in the long and high jumps. Jackson went 23'3-1/2" in the long jump, while Thomas leaped 6' 6-1/4". Junior Tom Hall gained team points with a fifth place finish in the high jump by clearing the same height as Thomas, but had more misses. The Cowboy's distance medley team consisting of senior Jeremy Thompson, juniors Jeremiah Johnson and Brian Knight, and sophomore Dominic Baysinger finished fifth with a time of 10:41.13 that earned points for the Pokes as well. Seven Cowboys also qualified for finals in their events heading into tomorrow's competition.

After the second day, the Cowgirls are in a tie with UNLV for sixth place with nine points, just ahead of Air Force (7). BYU leads the way with 78 points, while Colorado State is in second with 65. Utah (26) and San Diego State (25) are third and fourth, while New Mexico is fifth with 15 points. The Cowgirls spent most of the day qualifying12 athletes for tomorrow's finals, but were able to manufacture some points heading into the final day. One of those qualifiers was senior All-American Shauna Smith who set a new Cadet Fieldhouse record in the 400 meters. Her time of 52.95 beat the old record held by teammate Jessica Fox. The distance medley team's time of 12:32.19 proved to be not only enough for fourth place, but also the fourth best time in school's history. This team included senior Tanice Barnett, juniors Natalie Kean and Brooklan Grimes, and freshman Gladys Jerotich.Senior Jennifer Thompson earned a couple of points when she placed seventh in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:06.76. The time is exceptionally fast due to a official mistake of stopping the race a lap short. Junior Janine Brathwaite's jump of 17' 10-3/4" was good enough for second place in the long jump to help the team score.

"Overall I thought we had a pretty good day," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "I feel as though we are right in the hunt for tomorrow. I am proud of how our kids are laying it on all the line."

The MWC Indoor Track & Field championships conclude Saturday, February 26, following the men's mile relay at 3:45 p.m. MST and the announcement of the individual and team awards.