Senior Scott Carter concluded the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships for the University of Wyoming with a title in the triple jump on Saturday. The Cowboys and Cowgirls both finished fifth in the team race with 70 and 59 points, respectively, and tallied 17 all-time top-10 performances during the three-day meet and won five total events.
"I thought our kids performed well this weekend," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "I liked the passion they competed with. We just came up a few points short of the top three, which is where we want to be. The women were there most of the meet, but just fell out at the end. Our young kinds and a lot of freshmen stepped up. We have to continue to build that depth. We have a handful of kids that can get first, second and third, but we have to get more kids so we can stay in the team race that last day."
Carter notched a personal-best 51-8 1/2 to finish first in the triple jump and move up to fifth in Wyoming history in the event. He earned the Cowboys' 35th individual MW indoor title and won the event indoors an eighth time for Wyoming in the 17-year history of the conference. Carter also ran a personal-best 8.05 in the 60-meter hurdles to place fourth on Saturday and stay fourth in Cowboy history. Junior Jordan Charles was runner-up in the event in 7.89 after winning the race last year and was seventh in the 200 meters in 21.72. Sophomore Ricky Faure was third in the 800 meters at 1:50.91, while senior Aaron Derner was seventh in the 3,000 meters in 8:17.25. Wyoming's 4x400-meter relay ran 3:16.71 for eighth in Cowboy history.
Air Force won the men's team title with 142 points to edge Utah State by one points. Colorado State was third with 138 points, followed by New Mexico at 101 and the Cowboys at 70.
Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis finished runner-up in the 60 meters in 7.37, the same time she ran in Friday's prelims and still just one thousandth of a second off her personal best. Sophomore Lauren Hamilton ran a personal-best 4:47.24 to place sixth on Saturday and stay second in Cowgirl history. Her time was less than a second away from Wyoming's school record. Fellow sophomore Day Timberman claimed fifth in the triple jump in 39-8, while freshman Allegra Carson was sixth in a personal-best 39-7 3/4, good for third in Cowgirl history. Senior Sabina Sandberg was seventh in the high jump at 5-7 3/4, while fellow senior McKenzie Brogan placed the same in the 400 meters in 55.15. Junior Cassidy Meade was eighth in the 800 meters in 2:15. Junior Megan Brunette placed 15th in the 3,000 meters, but did cross the line in 9:50.33 to move up to sixth in Cowgirl history in the event. Wyoming's 4x400-meter relay ran 3:45.45 for fifth on Saturday and fifth all-time.
Colorado State was first in the team race with 115 points, followed by San Diego State with 105, Boise State 71.5, New Mexico 65 and the Cowgirls at 59.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls that finish with a top-16 time in the nation will advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala. Charles is currently the only Wyoming student-athlete with that designation, as he is ranked No. 10 in the 60-meter hurdles as of Saturday. The rest of the Wyoming squad will start the outdoor season on March 18 at the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo.