March 28, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams added two more to the list of NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifiers at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday in Palo Alto, Calif. Wyoming throwers Sam Lambert and Jake Shanklin hit the regional qualifying standards, bringing the UW team total to five.
Both Lambert and Shanklin competed and qualified in the hammer throw. Lambert was the first of the duo as he placed second in his sectional and threw the hammer 190', nearly four feet farther than the regional mark at 186'4". Shanklin, who is coming off his All-American campaign during the indoor season competed for the first time during the outdoor season and placed sixth in his section with his toss of 195' 10".
Regional qualifier in both the long jump and triple jump, Jeremiah James competed in the triple jump in Palo Alto, Calif., along with John Alderson as they finished in fourth and fifth respectively. James had a leap of 48' 9" while Alderson jumped 47' 5.25" for the `Pokes.
As for the Cowgirls, Jennifer Schmitz qualified for the finals and ran in the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday afternoon while coming out with a seventh-place finish with a time of 14.54. Afiya Walker competed in the 800-meter dash and finished 35th out of 48 competitors with her time of 2:14.13, which is her personal best. The Cowgirls sent out a 4x400-meter relay team that placed fourth out of 15 teams and set the eighth-fastest time in UW history with their mark of 3:46.98.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will have one week before they head to Provo, Utah to compete in the Cougar Invitational Friday, April 3.