March 31, 2006
PROVO, Utah -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams competed at the Cougar Invitational in Provo, Utah, on Friday. The Cowgirls and Cowboys took home six event titles and seven additional top-three finishes.
Two Cowgirls who had a spectacular days were sophomores Sharon Larrier and Shaylee Babbitt. They combined to win two individual event titles, one second place finish, and each ran legs on both UW relay teams that finished first on the day.
Larrier won her individual title in the 400-meters where her time of 55.11 puts her fourth all-time on the Cowgirl top-five list in the event. Babbitt earned her event title when she ran a time of 14.27 in the 100-meter hurdles and then turned around to finish second in the 100-meters with a time of 12.20. The two then combined with senior Adewunmi Abudu and junior LaTasha Rudolph to win the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 46.70. Finally, to finish up their day, the two teamed up with senior Ingvild Carstens and junior Aniis Hopkins to run a time of 3:52.70 and win the 4x400-meter relay.
Abudu and junior Kate Burton also managed to get to the top of the award stand on Friday. Abudu's time of 24.74 was good enough for a first place finish in the 200-meters. Burton posted a new personal best in hammer throw when she flung one out there 197' 11". This throw is currently the third furthest throw in the nation this year and puts Burton second all-time on the UW top-five list. She would also finish third in the discus with a throw of 142' 10".
Four other Cowgirls would come away with top-three finishes on the day. Hopkins and Carstens finished second and third place in the 400-meter hurdles. Hopkins came in with a time of 1:02.39, while Carstens crossed the line in 1:02.94. The final two top-three finishers both came in the triple jump where sophomore Ashley Shriver and freshman Lindsey Fuller placed second and third with season best jumps. Shriver jumped a distance of 37' 3" and Fuller leaped 36' 8".
For the Cowboys, freshman Brad Charters came away with a first place finish after a toss of 182' 3" in the hammer throw. The Cowboy 4x400-meter relay team also had a good day with a second place finish. Junior Domonic Baysinger, sophomore Michael Arnwine, and freshmen Terrance Fenton and Damien Farmer, came together to run a time of 3:18.48 in the event. Fenton and Baysinger also finished fourth and fifth places in the 400-meters with times of 48.81 and 49.24. Arnwine was another Poke to grab a fourth place finish when he ran a season best time of 54.08 in the 400-meter hurdles. Senior Brian Sinner's season best triple jump of 45' 1-1/2" was also good for a fourth place finish.
"We had some good performances today" said UW head coach Don Yentes. "You can start to see that the kids are getting closer to where they need to be."
Members of both the men's and women's distance teams competed Friday at the Stanford Invitational, in Palo Alto, Calif. However, with the meet running late into the night and being ran on the west coast, results were not available at press time. All the results from this meet will be available on Saturday.