April 1, 2006
PALO ALTO, Calif. -
The University of Wyoming distance teams competed at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., this weekend. This meet features the top track and field athletes from across the nation with over 4,000 athletes participating. The meet was highlighted by personal best performances by most of the Wyoming athletes competing.
Sophomore Mark Korir started things off when he ran a personal best time in the 10,000-meters of 29:05.25. This time not only marks as a personal record, but also goes down as the third fastest time in Cowboy history in the event. Another Cowboy to crack the top-five all-time performance list was sophomore Philemon Tanui when he finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 8:56.57 is currently the fifth best time in school's history and also earned him a ticket to the Midwest Regional at the end of the season. Following Tanui in was sophomore Shadrack Too in seventh place with his personal best time of 9:11.24. Senior Brian Knight and sophomore Michael Huntington both ran times in the 5,000-meters that marked as individual bests. Knight finished fourth in the event with a time of 14.25.85, while Huntington crossed the line in 14:57.56.
On Saturday, senior Jeremiah Johnson managed to take home the title in his section in the 800-meters with a time of 1:50.40. This time falls just short of the regional qualifying mark. Junior Nick Cramer was able to finish second in his section of the 800-meters when he crossed the tape in 1:52.45.
The Cowgirl distance team also had some great performances. Senior Jennifer Thompson finished ninth in the her section of the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:15.34. This time would go on the Cowgirl top-five all-time list, but since Thompson already holds the third best time (16:59.77) in the event, she cannot be listed in the top-five twice. Sophomore Gretchen Fagley finished fifth in her section of the 5,000-meters with a time of 17:05.90. With this time, Fagley placed herself fourth all-time in the event.
The Wyoming track and field team's next competition will this be this weekend when some of the team will travel to Westwood, Calif. for the RJ/JJK Invitational, while a portion of the team will compete at the Colorado Invitational, in Boulder, Colo.