Feb. 26, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Seniors Jessica Fox and Jeremy Thompson grabbed Mountain West Conference titles as the Wyoming track and field teams finished up competition at the Indoor MWC Championships at the Air Force Academy. Fox won her titles in the 200 and 400 meter dashes, while Thompson gained his in the 800 meters. The Cowgirls finished third as the Cowboys ended up fourth.
On the women's side, BYU took the title with 188.5 points ahead of Colorado State (172) and Wyoming (80). Utah (57.5), San Diego State (54), UNLV (51), New Mexico (31), and Air Force (29) rounded out the rest of the field.
The Cowgirls were led by senior All-American Jessica Fox who finished the day with two conference titles. The Burns, Wyo. native grabbed titles in the 200 (24.57) and 400 meters (53.89) and took fourth in the 60 meters (7.59). Senior Shauna Smith earned all-conference honors by placing second in the 60 meter hurdles (8.40) and third in the 60 meters (7.57). Smith was the favorite in the 400 meters, but had to pull out of the competition due to injury. Teammate and sophomore Amanda Hopper claimed second place behind Fox in the 400 meters (55.35) to earn All-MWC honors for the first time in her career and also scored team points in the 200 meters with a seventh place finish and a time of 24.92.
Senior Tanice Barnett's time of 2:14.68 in the 800 meters was good enough for second place giving her all-conference honors for the second consecutive season in that event. Freshman Gladys Jerotich continued to have a great rookie season by contributing points with afifth place finish in the 3,000 meters (10:24.33).
Senior Courtney Schlegal leaped 38' 8-1/2" to finish seventh in the triple jump to earn team points, while the 4x440 yard relay team placed fourth with a time of 3:51.79. The team consisted of Barnett, Hopper, and freshmen Shaylee Babbitt and Sharon Larrier.
In the men's competition, BYU was crowned as champions with a score of 207 points, just ahead of Colorado State (203.5). The Pokes finished fourth just behind Air Force (94.5) with 78 points, but ahead of New Mexico (67) and Utah (6).
Senior Jeremy Thompson finished off a great senior indoor season by winning the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.67. The race came down to the finish where every competitor had chance to win, but Thompson out-sprinted them all for the win. Teammate and last year's indoor 800 meter champion Jeremiah Johnson was not so lucky. He was in the pack at the end of the race, but tripped, fell and was stepped on and was unable to finish the race.
Sophomores Dwight Neptune and Adam Kelly earned team points with sixth and eighth place finishes. Neptune ran a time of 6.96 and Kelly crossed the tape at 7.04. Junior Robert Harris grabbed a seventh place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 49.32 to contribute for the Pokes as well. Wyoming's 4x440 yard relay team consisting of Thompson, Harris, junior Jermaine Kelly, and sophomore Dominic Baysinger all earned All-MWC honors when they finished third in the 4x440 yard relay. Their time of 3:17.45 places them fifth on Wyoming's all-time list.
Junior Blake Jackson and sophomore Tyg Long also manufactured points for the Cowboys. Jackson earned all-conference honors for the second year in a row when he sailed 51' 5-1/2" in the triple jump. He finished second in the event.Long's throw of 23' 3-1/2" in the shot put proved to be good enough for fourth.
"We were still a little off-kilter this weekend," said UW head coach Don Yentes. " We were not able to get things going and had some tough injuries along the way."
"Our athletes laid it all in the line this weekend and I am proud of that."
The Wyoming Track and Field teams will continue competition next weekend when the will travel to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Last Chance Meet on March 5th. This will be the last chance for UW athletes to qualify for a trip to NCAA nationals. Results of the conference meet can be found at the Mountain West Conference website, www.themwc.com.