March 26, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming trackand field teams started their outdoor season on Saturday when they competed in the Jim Click Invite in Tucson, Ariz. Seniors Shauna Smith, Jessica Fox, Kyle Herl, and sophomore Tyg Long qualified for NCAA Regionals.
Smith qualified for the regional meet in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles.The Sheridan, Wyo. native cruised to a time of 58.55 in the 400 and13.69 in the 100, good for second place. Fox qualified by winning the 400 meters with a time of 53.91, while sophomore Amanda Hopper (55.68) and freshman Sharon Larrier (56.10) finished right behind her in second and third place.
The Cowgirls also grabbed titles in the 1500 and 3000 meters. Senior Tanice Barnett won the 1500 meters with a time 4:45.86 and was followed by junior Michelle Kvernmo (4:51.55). Kvernmo also finished second in the 3000 meters (10:22.23) when she crossed the line behind senior Jennifer Thompson (10:13.45). Junior Aniis Hopkins ran a new personal best in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.59 and freshman Shaylee Babbit had a good time of 15.02 in the same event.
Hopper, Larrier, Smith, and Fox also qualified for regionals in the in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:37.81.
On the men's side, Herl qualified for regionals with throws of16.06 meters in the shot put and 60.54 meters in the hammer throw.Long joined Herl when he also qualified in the shot put with a toss of16.85 meters.
"This was one of the better opening meets we have had in a while," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We had some good performances today and this meet was a great jump start heading into the conference season."
The Wyoming track and field teams also sent 24 athletes to Fort Collins, Colo. for the Rob Upton Invite and came away with one event title and eleven top-three finishes.
The Cowgirls swept the pole vault event with freshman Kat Doherty taking the title, followed by sophomore Lauri Smith and freshman Anna Hardy. Doherty, a Laramie native, went 10' 6" while Smith vaulted 10' and Hardy 9'6". Junior Marji Bovey earned herself a new personal record in the shot put with a toss of 44'8". This throw would be good enough for a second place finish in the event while she also placed third in the hammer throw with another personal record of 168' 9". Freshman Jennifer Collen came away with a third place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 16' 7 1/4". Junior Adewunmi Abudu grabbed two third place finishes in the 100 (12.55) and 200 (25.46) meters while senior Ingvild Carstens also placed third in the 400 meter hurdles (1:06.28).
Next weekend the Wyoming Track and Field teams will travel to Provo, Utah when they compete in the Cougar Invite on April 1. Some athletes will go to Greeley, Colo. to compete in the UNC Multi-event on March 31-April 1.