The University of Wyoming track and field teams combined for seven all-time top-10 performances on Friday at the Mountain West Indoor Championships, including a school record in the women's distance medley relay. The Cowboys sit tied for third in the team race with 29 points at the Albuquerque Convention Center, while the Cowgirls are fifth with 28 points.
"I thought we had some very good performances from individuals today, but what becomes obvious is we have to get more depth on our team," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "The conference as a whole is getting much tougher, so we have to continue to get out there and recruit more athletes so we can have a deeper team."
Sophomores Cassidy Meade and Kerry White combined with graduate student Hannah Lloyd and freshman Kim Robertson to finish sixth in the distance medley relay in 11:56.20 and take down UW's school record of 11:58.54 run in 1980. Meade ran the 1,200 meters, Lloyd the 400 meters, Robertson the 800 meters and White anchored in the 1,600 meters. White also qualified for Saturday's final of the 800 meters with a personal-best 2:10 on Friday, which keeps her second in school history in the event. Junior Sabina Sandberg also stayed second in Cowgirl history in an event, as she tied her personal best in the high jump at 5-8 3/4 to finish fifth on Friday.
Sophomore Audra DeStefano moved up to third in Wyoming's all-time top 10 in the 5,000 meters by crossing the finish line in a personal-best 16:48 on Friday for fifth. Senior Holly Page was runner-up in the race at 16:28, just eight seconds off her own school record. Fellow senior Shreese Daniels placed fifth in the weight throw at 61-2, while senior Erin Kirby qualified for Saturday's final in the 400 meters by running 55.69.
The Wyoming men got two all-time marks in the 800 meters from freshman Ricky Faure and graduate student Thomas Atkinson. Faure ran the fastest prelim time on Friday with a personal-best 1:50.02, good for fourth in UW history, while Atkinson ran 1:50.17, fifth in Cowboy history. Both times, along with graduate student Harry Fisher's 1:50.39, were good enough to qualify for Saturday's final. Junior Dylan Morin ran the fifth-fastest 5,000 meters in school history with a personal-best 14:27.
Other highlights for the Cowboys included 15 team points in the weight throw. Junior Tyler Anderson placed second with a toss of 65-9, just two inches shy of his personal best, while sophomore Damon Unland was fourth in a personal-best 62-8 and senior Devin Garcia was seventh at 57-8 1/2. Junior Scott Carter notched a personal-best 23-4 in the long jump to place third in the event. Wyoming also qualified four student-athletes through to Saturday's final in the 60-meter hurdles. Senior Colin Herold ran the fastest time in prelims at 8.03, followed by sophomore Jordan Charles at 8.08. Carter and senior Kyle Sullivan also advanced to the final at 8.27 and 8.36, respectively. Sullivan concluded Thursday's heptathlon with 4,825 points to place sixth in the event.
Saturday's final day of the meet begins at 10 a.m. MT with field events and track events at noon.