March 26, 2011
PUEBLO, Colo. -
The Wyoming track and field program had strong performances from its student-athletes Saturday at the CSU Pueblo Open, despite strong spring winds.
Battling a constant 20-mph breeze most of the day, the Cowboys and Cowgirls combined to win 10 events. The wind had a marked effect on the overall times, but Wyoming coach Don Yentes said he was happy with the performances.
"We did some nice things," Yentes said. "We got a lot of things worked on, so that was good. It was just good to get back out, and the competition created a good atmosphere. Running into a 15-20 mph headwind, you're not going to get many good times."
Among the highlights for Wyoming were the performances of Joe Riccio, who won the men's hammer throw (185 feet, 8 inches) and Ashley Hutchinson, who was second in the women's hammer (166-8). Both Hutchinson and Riccio also added wins in their respective shot put events. Emily Moore was second in the long jump (18-1), and Stephen Michel returned from an injury to compete in his first meet in two months. He responded by winning the men's long jump with a mark of 23-1 ¾, while Jaymes Talkington was second in the triple jump (46-6 ¾).
Maria Cress won the javelin throw with a distance of 128-7.
Michael Banks won the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:35.89). Wyoming's women won two relays, as the foursome of Olivia Heaston, Maggie Ochsner, Katy Hall and Chantel Bernabo won the 4-by-100-meter relay with a time of 47.48 seconds. Long, Natalie Hurst, Bernabo and Heaston won the 4-by-400-meter relay (3:56.01).
Garrett Zans won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:51.20. Brandon Douglass won the 110-meter hurdles (15.14); Diana Long was second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.27) and Lindsey Simmons was second in the 200-meter dash (25.68)
"We won a bunch of events, but the main thing was to get some things accomplished," Yentes said. "Even though we may not have progressed time-wise, I thought we had some kids make some strides. That's a step in the right direction."
Wyoming will head to the Florida Relays and the CSU Triangular next weekend, with action beginning Friday.