Feb. 28, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Junior Holly Page's individual title in the 5,000 meters highlighted a successful Friday for the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams at the 2014 Mountain West Indoor Championships. Page ran 17:50.00 to become the first Cowgirl ever to win a conference title in the event and help the UW women sit third in the team standings with 31 points. The Cowboys are fourth after amassing 31 points as well at Cadet Field House Friday.
"Today was fun for me as a coach because we saw our kids go out there and compete with heart," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "The amount of energy they brought today was great to see as a coach. Every kid cared about scoring points for the team."
Page earned Wyoming's 19th individual title in the history of the MW indoor meet, but was nearly upstaged by fellow Cowgirl Audra DeStefano. The redshirt freshman crossed the line second in 17:50.19, just one tenth of a second behind Page, as the two combined for 18 of Wyoming's 30 team points in the event. Junior Shreese Daniels also earned a runner-up finish on Friday with a toss of 65-5 1/2 to place second in the weight throw.
"Holly ran great today, because she ran with poise," Berryhill said. "It was a slow start to the race, but she stayed calm and made her move with a mile to go. Audra and her really ran the whole race together and just dominated the field over the last 1,000 meters."
Many Cowgirls advanced through Friday's preliminaries to Saturday's finals. Sophomore Kereston Thomas ran a personal-best 7.47 in the 60 meters for the fastest time in the prelims, and added a personal-best 24.36 in the 200 meters to qualify third. Both marks keep her third in school history in the events. Senior Audrey West advanced to the finals in the 200 meters as well with a personal-best 24.76. Two Cowgirls will run in each of the finals for the 60-meter hurdles, 400 meters and 800 meters. Senior Jenna Mann ran 8.53 in the 60-meter hurdles and was followed in 8.61 by fellow senior Katy Hall. Sophomore McKenzie Brogan notched a 56.80 in the 400 meters, while redshirt junior Erin Kirby qualified at 56.83. Senior Candace Wollert ran 2:15.65 in the 800 meters and freshman Kerry White finished at 2:16.57.
The Cowboys had several impressive marks during Friday's competition also. Junior Kyle Sullivan finished the three events of the heptathlon with a personal-best 5,262 points for third in the event. His point total was the second best in Wyoming history and was just 12 points shy of the school record. Senior Garrett Zans placed fourth in the 5,000 meters in 15:03.38 and was closely followed in 15:04.20 by junior Aaron Derner for seventh. Sophomore Tyler Anderson was fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 61-7 3/4. In preliminary action, Wyoming advanced a staggering four athletes to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Jordan Charles tied the school record in the event with a time of 7.90, while junior Colin Herold ran a personal-best 8.01. Seniors Jacob Edwards and Aaron Praska also qualified for the final with times of 8.21 and 8.27, respectively. Graduate students Thomas Atkinson and Harry Fisher advanced to the final of the 800 meters after running 1:52.23 and 1:54.77.
"Kyle was a rock the last two days and was consistent in every event," Berryhill said. "It was neat to see his poise out there. I got a lot of compliments about him from other coaches today, which is always a neat thing."
Saturday's action at the MW Indoor Championships begins at 10 a.m. MT with field events, while running events commence at noon MT.