Wyoming Relay Team Sets New School Mark

April 2, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

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The Wyoming track relay team of Chantel Bernabo, Afiya Walker, Olivia Heaston and Lindsey Simmons set a new school record in the 4-by-200-meter relay Saturday at the Florida Relays.

The relay team had a time of 1 minute, 39.83 seconds, beating the old time of 1:46.7, which was set in 1980.

"It was a big meet, a huge meet," Wyoming head coach Don Yentes said. "I thought our kids performed really well. Our kids went out and did a really good job today. It was something fun for them to do."

Other highlights from the second day of the Florida Relays included Joe Riccio, who finished 16th in the discus with a toss of 153-4. He also was ninth in the shot put (51-6 ¼). Ashley Hutchinson was seventh in the shot put with a toss of 46-3 ½."Ashley and Joe threw well today," Yentes said.

Brandon Douglass was 19th in the pole vault, with a mark of 14-8, and Stephen Michel was 21st in the triple jump, 46-10 ¾.

The 4-by-400-meter relay team of Candace Wollert, Simmons, Walker and Heaston ran to a time of 3:43.54, which Yentes called "a very good effort after a long day."That time was good enough for seventh on UW's all-time top-10 list.

"It was a pretty good weekend for us," Yentes said.

At the Fum McGraw Triangular
The largest contingent of Wyoming tracksters competed Saturday at the Fum McGraw Triangular in Fort Collins, Colo.

"We had some who competed well, and others need to work on being more competitive," Wyoming distance coach Randy Cole said.

Diana Long won the 400-meter hurdles (1 minute, 0.41 seconds), and Tyler Skinner set a new career-best mark with a high jump of 7 feet, ¼ inch. Skinner's performance put him fourth on UW's outdoor all-time list.

Jaymes Talkington won the triple jump (47-3 ¾), Lindsay Copeland won the 200-meter dash (25.53), Kirsten McKen won the 800-meter run (2:20.01). Maria Cress won the javelin throw for the second-straight meet, with a toss of 120-6.

It was a meet where the coaches decided to rest several student-athletes, but that will change as the season gets into its latter stages.

"We'll put more bullets in the gun, especially heading into May," Cole said.