Feb. 27, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
At the conclusion of the second day of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., the University of Wyoming men are in second place while the Cowgirls are in seventh place. Wyoming's day was highlighted by three individual conference championships.
The Cowboys came away with two conference titles, as Jeremiah James defended his long jump title and senior Jake Shanklin became a three-time conference champion in the 35lb weight throw. Shanklin is the first three-time conference champion at UW since Wyoming assistant coach Quincy Howe. In the weight throw, Shanklin was followed by fellow senior Sam Lambert with his third-place finish and freshman Joe Plante with his freshman record of 58' 8.75". Plante's throw was good for sixth place and tops for freshman in the conference.
"All three of the guys threw very well today. It was also nice to see Joe throw to his potential. He is going to be very good for us in the future," said UW assistant coach Paul Barrett. "Jake is really starting to turn well and perfect his timing as the NCAA Championships are just around the corner."
The Cowgirls walked away with one conference championship of their own, as sophomore Amanda Aimone won her first MWC Championship in the 20lb weight throw. Aimone's winning toss measured in at 58" 3.25".
"Amanda is quite the competitor, and she wasn't to be denied today," said Barrett. "Last year she placed 10th and this year she was able to win it all. That just shows how much potential she has."
Several Cowboys and Cowgirls entered their names into the University of Wyoming record books on Friday. Leading the way was junior Jay Petsch, who tied the fastest 60-meter hurdle time in Wyoming history at 6.10. Petsch also improved on his third-best heptathlon score with a fourth-place finish and total of 4,995 points. Junior Keith Brauneis wrote his name in the 60-meter dash records with a tie for the ninth best time in school history of 7.05. Junior Kekoa Chavez improved on his fifth place 400-meter dash time of 48.76.
The following Cowboys and Cowgirls qualified for the finals in their event, which will be contested tomorrow: Cowboys Jay Petsch (60-meter hurdles) and Kekoa Chavez (400-meter dash), as well as Cowgirls Emily Higgins (1-Mile run) and Erica Anderson (400-meter dash).
Tomorrow will mark the final day of the conference championships, with events beginning at 10 a.m. The men's shot put and women's triple jump will kick things off for the field events. The track events will start at 11 a.m. with the women's 60-meter hurdles.
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