UW Weight Throwers Continue Winning Ways as Split Squads Compete in California and Colorado

March 31, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Stanford Invitational Results
Tom Benich Invitational Results

The University of Wyoming track and field program competed this weekend at three different events. The distance runners were in Palo Alto, Calif. for the Stanford Invite, while the remainder of the team competed in Fort Collins and Greeley, Colo.

On Friday and Saturday, the Cowboy and Cowgirl distance runners competed at the Stanford Invitational. Senior Nick Cramer led the way in the 800-meter run, placing 22nd with a time of 1:53.51, while junior Gretchen Johnson finished the women's 5,000-meter run, placing ninth with a time of 16:52.12.

Also on Friday, the weight throwers traveled to Fort Collins to compete in the hammer throwing events of the Tom Benich Invite, the majority of which was held in Greeley. Senior Shannon Popp won the hammer throw event by throwing a distance of 189'-7.0". Sophomore Courtney Gougler also finished well in the same event as she threw a distance of 145'-5.0". Junior Jake Shanklin threw a personal best and a first place distance of 208'-3.00", while sophomore Brad Charters threw a season's best distance of 186'-9.0" to take sixth.

Saturday, the remainder of the Cowboys and Cowgirls competed in Greeley, Colo. where the remainder of the track and field events for the Benich Invite took place. Kicking things off for the women, sophomore Courtney Gougler finished in second place in the discus event as she threw an impressive 151'-8.0". In the long jump events, junior Jennifer Collen jumped into a second place finish as she leaped 19'-4.0". Sophomore Lindsey Fuller (36'-6.25") and junior Ashley Knight (35'-9.50") finished the triple jump event in fourth and fifth place respectively.

The women's 4x100-meter relay teams looked impressive as the `A' squad took second with a time of 46.65, while the `B' squad finished in fourth place with a time of 49.72. Freshman distance runner Brenna Dooley continues to improve and compete well as she finished the 1,500-meter run in a tie for third place with a time of 4:45.87. Junior Shaylee Babbitt and sophomore Adriana Friezen completed the day in first and second place in the 100-meter hurdles with times of 13.78 and 13.91 respectively.

In the women's 400-meter dash, junior Sharon Larrier took first place with a time of 56.95, while senior Amanda Hopper (57.04) and junior Maricel DaCosta (59.23) finished in second and fourth place respectively. Senior sprinter Aniis Hopkins took first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.54. The 4x400-meter relay squad finished in fourth place with a time of 4:07.14.

For the Cowboys, senior jumper Blake Jackson continued his success in the pits as he finished in first place in the long jump event, jumping a distance of 24'-0.25". Redshirt freshman John Alderson also competed well for the men in the triple jump, taking first place by jumping a distance of 48'- 2.50". Senior Jared Grant also placed well for the Cowboys, as he jumped a first place height of 6"-6.75" in the high jump event. The 4x100-meter relay squad also competed well as they ran a second place time of 41.76, while senior hurdler Josh Barge finished the meet in fourth place of the 110-meter hurdles having run a time of 14.74.

Senior Dwight Neptune crossed the line in 10.77 seconds as he placed fourth in the men's 100-meter dash, while freshman Vashone West finished the 200-meter dash event in a tie for ninth place with a time of 22.37. Wrapping things up for the Cowboys was senior Chris Schabron, as he finished the 5,000-meter run in 15th place with a time of 16:26.34.

Next, the UW track and field programs will travel to Boulder, Colo. for the Colorado Invite on April 7.