Three More Individual Champions for Wyoming Track and Field at the MWC Indoor Championships

Feb. 24, 2007


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The University of Wyoming track and field programs finished up competition at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. today. The Cowboys finished fourth and the Cowgirls finished in fifth place. Overall, the Wyoming track and field program had six individual champions with nine All-MWC (top three) honorees for the men and three All-MWC honorees for the women.

Cowboy senior Blake Jackson took first place in the men's triple jump, followed by freshman John Alderson, who earned his first all-conference honors taking home second place in the same event. Jackson's first place finish in the triple jump earned him his second conference title of 2007, as he won the men's long jump event on Friday.

Sophomore Mark Korir's first place time in the 3,000-meter run of 8:19.40 earned him All-MWC honors and missed the MWC championship record by 4/100's of a second.

"I'm really pleased with the way our men performed this weekend," said head track and field coach, Don Yentes. "We just ran out of guys there towards the end."

For the Cowgirls, sophomore hurdler Adriana Friezen won her first MWC title as she finished in first place in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.48, while junior Shaylee Babbitt was second with a time of 8.49. Friezen and Babbitt now move into second and third place in Wyoming school history behind previous All-American and NCAA Champion Shauna Smith.

Junior Gretchen Johnson placed sixth in the women's 3,000-meter race with a time of 10:07.17.

Junior Sharon Larrier placed eighth in the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 56.81. Freshman distance runner Brenna Dooley made her first collegiate track appearance count as she qualified for the finals in the women's 800-meter run finishing in eighth place with a time of 2:14.30. Sophomore shot put thrower Courtney Gougler finished in seventh place with a distance of 43'-7.00", while freshman Sarah Lindemood finished in 11th place with a distance of 39'-9.75". The women's 4x400-meter relay team finished in seventh place with a time of 3:50.33.

"I am just absolutely impressed with both the men and women," said head track and field coach, Don Yentes. "The kids stepped up and did some great things at this meet and you can't be anything but pleased."

For the Cowboys, junior Vashone West (6.88) and senior Adam Kelly (7.13) placed eighth in the men's 60-meter dash. In the men's mile run, junior Michael Huntington finished in seventh place with a time of 4:22.60, while sophomores Brett Shuler and Shadrack Too finished in ninth and tenth with times of 4:27.85 and 4:34.63 respectively. In the men's 800-meter run, senior Nick Cramer finished in fourth place with a time of 1:52.39. The men's 4x400-meter relay team ran a tough race and improved their season's best time to 3:20.94.

Wyoming head coach Don Yentes earned co-MWC Men's Coach of the Year honors.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will enjoy a few days off before they begin training for the outdoor season which will begin on March 17 as they travel to Boulder, Colo. for the Potts Invitational.