March 27, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. -
Three University of Wyoming track and field athletes will be heading to the NCAA Midwest Regional after the first day of competition at the Stanford Invitational held in Palo Alto, Calif., as junior Emily Higgins and senior Sharon Larrier qualified for the Cowgirls while sophomore Jeremiah James punched his ticket for the second time for the Cowboys.
Higgins qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as she blew her school record out of the water by more than 21 seconds. Higgins, who was a member of the Women's Cross Country All-Academic team last month, used her talent from the classroom and has been learning very quickly the technique of the steeplechase as this is only the second time she has competed in the event, both time she has set and broken the school record.
Larrier, the Mountain West Conference champion in the 400-meter dash regionally qualified with her time of 54.30 with her second-place finish Friday. Fellow sprinter, junior Jennifer Schmitz qualified for the finals to be ran tomorrow in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 14.47.
James is the lone Cowboy to qualify thus far this season, has already done so in the triple jump last week at the Potts Invitational in Boulder, Colo., added the long jump as he leapt 24' 1.75" to place second at the Stanford invite. Along with James was senior John Alderson who failed to qualify, however did come in third place with his leap of 22' 6.25".
"It's really exciting, getting some people qualified and we are getting real close on some others," said head coach Don Yentes. "Again we had some good performances today and we really look forward to tomorrow. We have a real good chance at getting another couple on the list for the regionals."
There was one Cowboy and one Cowgirl that entered their names into the record books on Friday. Sophomore Taylor Kelting ran a personal best time in the 5,000-meter run with his time of 14:32.45 which is good for ninth best all-time in UW history. Fellow sophomore Alysha Davis, placed fifth in her section of the 5,000-meter run and improved on her already sixth best time in UW history that she set as a freshman for the Cowgirls. Her previous time of 17:18.25 was wiped away with her time of 17:15.87 Friday afternoon.
As for the throwers, junior Sam Lambert won his respective shot put sectional with his toss of 50' 0.75". While sophomore Amanda Aimone had her personal best in the discus throw as she placed sixth with a toss of 140' 3". Freshman Cowboy, Joe Plante finished the discus throw in sixth with a toss of 154' 2".
Action will continue at the Stanford Invite tomorrow afternoon with live stats available at www.gostanford.com.