Sophomore Jordan Charles and senior Holly Page claimed event titles on Saturday to wrap up the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships for the University of Wyoming at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Charles won the 60-meter hurdles to help the Cowboys place fifth with 70 points, while Page was first in the 3,000 meters to lead the Cowgirls to fifth with 52 points.
"Two years ago the Cowgirls finished second to last at this event and to finish in the top half this season and have an average competition is something we are still proud of," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "The Cowboys continued to show progress as well. Our men are scoring in more event areas and we are more balanced than we have been in the past. Any time you can be a conference champion is special, though. Jordan [Charles] is not only one of the best hurdlers in the Mountain West, but is one of the best in the nation. Holly [Page] continues to prove she is one of the best distance Cowgirls of all-time every time she gets out there and competes."
Charles paced a group of four Cowboys that collected 23 team points in the 60-meter hurdles. His winning time of 7.90 was just three hundredths of a second off his own school record and was the third-fastest time in the history of the MW conference meet. He won Wyoming's 50th indoor individual conference title ever and the first for a Cowboy in the event since 1992. Senior Colin Herold was runner-up to Charles with a personal-best 7.95, which keeps him third in school history in the event. Junior Scott Carter was sixth in 8.33 and senior Kyle Sullivan was seventh at 8.65.
The Pokes also got 10 team points from the 800 meters, as freshman Ricky Faure placed third in 1:50. Graduate student Thomas Atkinson and Harry Fisher were sixth and eighth in the race, respectively. Faure and Fisher also helped Wyoming's 4x400-meter relay place fifth in 3:14.69, the third-fastest time in Cowboy history. Carter rounded out his day with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump at 48-10 3/4.
Page crossed the line first in the 3,000 meters in 9:26.39 to break her own school record in the event by 10 seconds. The indoor individual conference title is the second of her career after she won the 5,000 meters last season. Her victory on Saturday was Wyoming's 27th indoor individual conference title and first ever in the 3,000 meters. Sophomore Audra DeStefano was sixth in the race in a personal-best 9:39, which keeps her second in Cowgirl history in the event. Wyoming's 4x400-meter relay ran 3:45 to place fourth in the race and rank sixth in UW history. Sophomore Kerry White placed fifth in the 800 meters in 2:11 and senior Erin Kirby was seventh in the 400 meters at 55.89.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls that qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships will compete at the national meet on March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark., while the rest of the Wyoming squad will start the outdoor season on March 21 at the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo.