March 25, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Six University of Wyoming track and field athletes finished in the top-five of their respective events today at the Jim Click Shoot-Out on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.
For the Cowgirls, sophomore Gretchen Fagley took home the title in the 3,000-meters with a time of 10:18.95. In the hammer throw, junior Kate Burton finished second with a toss of 57.41 meters. Senior Marji Bovey finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 12.84 meters.
For the Cowboys, senior Blake Jackson, sophomores Michael Huntington, Philemon Tanui, and Mark Korir, and freshman Brad Charters claimed first place finishes on the day. Korir managed to win the 3,000-meters with a new Wyoming record of 3:16.44 in the event. Jackson won the triple jump with a distance of 14.82 meters. Huntington's time of 3:57.41 in the 1500-meter run was also good enough for a individual title. Charters managed to take first in the hammer throw with a toss of 57.18 meters. Sophomore Philemon Tanui was able to win the 3,000-meter steeple chase with a time 9:15.55. Other top-five performances for the Cowboys came from senior Jeremiah Johnson who finished second in the 800-meters with a time of 1:51.43. Senior Nick Cramer finished right behind Johnson with a third place time of 1:51.89 in the 800-meters.
"We continue to get better and better everyday and this was another step in the right direction," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We hope to use this experience as a stepping stone for the rest of the outdoor season."
The Wyoming track and field team also sent athletes to compete at the Rob Upton Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday. The Cowgirls grabbed six top-three finishers in their respective events, while the Cowboys took home four.
Four of the six top-three finishers for the women came in the field events. Junior Lauri Smith and sophomore Kat Doherty enjoyed second and third place finishes in the pole vault. Smith cleared 10' 11", while Doherty managed to vault 10' 5-1/2". Sophomore Jennifer Collen finished third in the long jump going a distance of 17' 5-1/2", while freshman Linsdey Fuller also finished third jumping 36' 3-1/2" in the triple jump.
In the track events, sophomore Sammy Harrington and freshman Joi Smith managed to take home third place in their events. Harrington earned hers in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.82. Smith's time of 13.37 in the 100-meters was good enough to get her top-three finish.
For the Pokes, senior Brian Sinner had a great day. He would take the title in the triple jump going a distance of 44' 10-1/4" and then turned around to taked second in the javelin with a throw of 196' 5". Juniors Tom Hall and Jared Grant finished first and second place in high jump clearing 6' 6" and 6' 4".
The Wyoming track and field team will return to action next weekend as they travel to Palo Alto, Calif. for the Stanford Invite.