Day Two of Track and Field MWC Championships in the Books

Feb. 26, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

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Day two of the 2010 Indoor Track and Field Mountain West Conference Championships ended with the Cowboys currently in second place with a total of 53 points and the Cowgirls in eighth with a total of 14 points in Albuquerque, N.M.

"We had some really good performances out there today and we had quite a few men and women qualify for the finals tomorrow," said head coach Don Yentes.

The Cowboys started off with a good start and senior Jay Petsch completing the men's heptathlon in third place with the second best point total in Wyoming history, 5,081. Petsch finished the 60-meter hurdle and 1,000-meter run in third place that propelled him to his best ever finish in the event.

In the jumping events, the Cowboys were once again led by junior Jeremiah James who barely came away with his third straight indoor long jump title as he was tied by fellow Cowboy, freshman Lenyn Leonce who matched James' 24' 6.25" distance on his last attempt. Due to James' better jump earlier he was crowned champion. Redshirt freshman Stephen Michel followed with a fourth place finish and five more points for the `Pokes. James also competed in the high jump and finished in third crossing the bar with his personal best 6' 9", a height ninth best in UW history. Freshman Tyler Skinner trailed James in fourth place at a height 6' 7.5".

For the women jumpers, freshman Erin Urbanoski placed 11th in her first MWC Championships with a leap of 17' 10.75".

For the sprinters, the Cowboys were led by freshman Brandon Douglass with his preliminary third place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. His time of 8.26 not only qualified him for the finals tomorrow, but also placed his name at the top of the record books with a new school record for the `Pokes. Douglass will be joined by Petsch and freshman Michael Tasker with their seventh and eighth place finishes respectively. In the 60-meter dash, Michel led the way with a third place qualifying time, while freshman Mario Harris was just behind Michel in fourth. The finals of both events will be finished on Saturday.

Harris not only qualified in the 60-meter dash but also in the 400-meter dash with his fourth best UW time of 48.27. Senior Kekoa Chavez was just behind Harris with an eighth place finish, qualifying for the finals.

For the women, junior Afiya Walker had the fastest time in the 400-meter dash while freshman Taylor Gardner also qualified with her time of 56.91, a time that is eighth best all-time. In the 60-meter hurdles, senior Jennifer Schmitz qualified for the finals with her time of 8.76.

"Mario, Stephen and Brandon ran great today and I think they really surprised a lot of people," said Yentes. "Afiya will have to run another solid race tomorrow to have a chance at the title."

The throwers had a pair of second place finishes in the 35lb and 20lb weight throw events with sophomore Joe Plante for the Cowboys and junior Ashley Hutchinson for the Cowgirls. Plante had a toss of 60' 3.25" and was followed by freshman Mark Sparks who also scored a point for the `Pokes with an eighth place finish. Hutchinson had the 12th best throw in Cowgirl history and her best throw of her career, she was followed by junior Amanda Aimone who finished fifth and scored four points for the Cowgirls.

"Ashley really stepped up and did a great job today," said assistant coach Paul Barrett. "Joe had a nice performance today and Mark did a good job of scoring points for the team."

Saturday's action will begin with the men's shot put at 9:45, and the women's 60-meter hurdles will kick off the track events.