March 28, 2004
Laramie, Wyo - The University of Wyoming trackand field squads split up for their opening weekend of the outdoorseason on Saturday to compete at the Stanford invite in Palo Alto,Calif. and the Rob Upton Invite in Fort Collins, Colo.
At the Stanford Invite, three Cowgirls posted impressive marks injust their first outdoor meet of the season. Sophomore Shauna Smithtook first place in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 52.74, shealso placed second in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.34. Bothof her times qualify her for the NCAA Regionals.
Sophomore Jessica Fox raced her way to first place finish in thewomen's 400 meter dash. Fox set a new Stanford Invitational recordin the event by crossing the finish line in 53.05. The time alsosurpasses the NCAA Regional qualifying standard.
Senior Kima Wells also posted a NCAA Regional qualifying time onSaturday as she took fourth in the 100 meter dash, clocking in at11.82.
The Cowgirl 4x100 meter relay team of Fox, Wells, Smithe and AmandaHopper placed second in the event qualifying for the NCAA Regionalmeet with a time of 45.38. To no surprise, their performance also seta new UW school record.
Cowboy Blake Jackson turned in a great performance on Saturday.Jackson placed fourth in the men's triple jump with a distance of49' 10", also an NCAA Regional qualifying mark.
"Our kids that went to Stanford really stepped it up," said UWhead track and field coach Don Yentes. "Shauna (Smith), Kima (Wells)and Jessica (Fox) just did an outstanding job in the sprints. Blake(Jackson) also proved himself by posting an NCAA Regional mark. I wasvery happy with their performances."
At the Rob Upton Invite in Fort Collins, Colo., the Cowgirls notcheda second place team finish with 174 points, while the Cowboys placedthird with 81.5 points.
Sophomore Ainsley Thraikill was the lone Cowgirl to notch a firstplace performance. She took the top spot in the 400 meter hurdles witha time of 1:03.29. In the women's 200 meter dash, senior CherylCollen and freshman Aniis Hopkins placed second and third with timesof 26.03 and 26.62, respectively.
Three Cowgirls placed in the top five in the 1,500 meter run.Sophomore Tanice Barnett finished second with a time of 4:52.63,sophomore Maggie Diller came in third at 4:55.94 and sophomore KristenBrauneis finished fourth crossing the finish line in 4:59.55.Senior Andrea Batt was the lone Cowgirl to post an NCAA Regionalqualifying mark in Fort Collins. Batt took second place in thewomen's discus throw with a qualifying distance of 157' 10".
Sophomore Matt Hudson highlighted the Cowboys, as he posted two topfive finishes. In the 1,500 meter run, Hudson placed second with timeof 3:59.08. He also clocked in at 1:56.31 in the 800 meter run toplace fourth.
Junior Zack Shaefer qualified for the NCAA Regional meet with hisfourth place performance in the men's hammer throw. His distance of204' 1" is a new personal record for Schaefer and was the bestthrow by a collegiate competitor in the event, the top three finisherswere all unattached athletes. Shaefer also placed second out of fourcompetitors in the javelin with a distance of 179' 9".
"We have some work to do," added Yentes. "We had a prettyaverage performance at the Rob Upton. I thought there were a fewbright spots today, but overall I think we are far from where we wantthe two teams to be."
Wyoming will be at the Tom Benich Classic next Saturday in Greeley,Colo. Several athletes will compete Thursday and Friday a theBenich/Schiemenz Multi-Event meet, also scheduled to be held inGreeley.