March 17, 2007
BOULDER, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field program participated at their first outdoor meet of the season in Boulder, Colo., Saturday. The Cowboys and Cowgirls brought home eight individual titles collectively.
"Today was a pretty good day," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "We had nice weather and it was a great meet to start out the season with."
Kicking things off for the women was senior sprinter LaTasha Rudolph, who finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.53 seconds. Junior Sharon Larrier finished first in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 24.36. Larrier was followed by senior Amanda Hopper (24.93) and junior Maricel DaCosta (25.14). Junior distance runner Nikki Peterson had a first place time of 2:18.75 in the women's 800-meter run and finished in fifth place in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:56.34.
Sophomore Adriana Friezen and junior Shaylee Babbitt continued to compete well as they went first and second in the 100-meter hurdles with times of 13.86 and 14.08 respectively. Friezen's first place time also qualified her for the NCAA Midwest Regional meet in May. Friezen also competed in the 400-meter hurdles where she finished second with a time of 64.08. The Cowgirls 4x100-meter relay team finished the day in first place as they crossed the line in 47.58 seconds. The team was made up of seniors Hopper and Aniis Hopkins, Babbitt and Friezen.
Freshman high jumper Kelsey Kurtz finished in a tie for second place in the event, jumping a height of 4'-11.00". Senior pole vaulter, Kat Doherty won her event by clearing a height of 11'-6.25". Senior Janine Brathwaite finished the day in third place in the women's long jump, jumping a distance of 17'-1.50"; while junior Ashley Knight placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 36'-6.75". Sophomore thrower, Courtney Gougler, had a solid day as she placed second in the discus event with a distance of 150'-3.0" and sixth in the hammer throw with a distance of 140'-6.0". Sophomore javelin thrower Kristian Gomez was fourth with a distance of 132'-6.0".
"We had some good things happen today and we had some not so good things happen, but it was a good first meet of the outdoor season," said Yentes.
For the Cowboys, senior sprinter Dwight Neptune kicked things off with a first place finish in the men's 100-meter dash with a time of 10.85 seconds. Neptune was followed by fellow senior Adam Kelly, who finished in fifth place with a time of 11.32 seconds. Junior Vashone West finished in fourth place in the 200-meter dash event with a time of 21.73, while senior distance runner Nick Cramer crossed the line in first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.51.
Senior Philemon Tanui also competed well for the men as he won the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:04.95. Senior Josh Barge made his first appearance since the 2006 season as he competed in the 110-meter hurdles, placing third with a time of 15.13. He was followed in the event by freshmen Jay Petsch (15.67), Damien Farmer (16.00) and Jake Morrison (16.06). Farmer, Morrison and Petsch also ran in the 400-meter hurdles, placing fourth, fifth and eighth with times of 55.63, 55.98 and 58.06 respectively. Senior jumper Jared Grant placed second in the men's high jump event, jumping a height of 6'-4.75"; while freshman John Alderson placed second in the long jump with a distance of 22'-7.00" and first in the triple jump with a distance of 46'-11.75". Rounding out the day for the Cowboys was sophomore weight thrower and returning regional qualifier Brad Charters. Charters finished the day in sixth place in the shot put event with a distance of 44'-7.50" and fifth in the hammer throw, throwing a distance of 169'-10.0".
Next weekend, March 22-24, the Wyoming track and field programs will travel to Tempe and Tucson, Ariz. for the Arizona State and Arizona Multi-Event Invitationals. A small group of athletes will also be traveling to Fort Collins, Colo., for the Upton Invite.