April 4, 2014
GREELEY, Colo. -Jenna Mann posted personal bests and top-10 performances in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump to pace the University of Wyoming track and field teams at the Tom Benich Invitational on Friday in Greeley, Colo. The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined to win seven events at the meet.
"You can really say this meet was the same as last weekend," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "There wasn't really a whole lot of eye-popping performances, but more all-around solid marks. Our kids came out again and competed. I saw a lot of focus out there today and that was what we really wanted to see. Our group that competed today was better than a week ago and that is what we want at this point of the season."
Mann crossed the finish the line in the hurdles in career-best 13.58 to move up to fourth in Wyoming history in the event. The time currently leads the Mountain West and ranks 24th in the NCAA. She followed with another career performance in the long jump at 19-6 1/4, which is good for sixth in UW history, third in the MW and 44th in the nation. Junior Holly Page, Wyoming's lone representative at the Stanford Invitational, finished eighth in her heat of the 5,000 meters in a personal-best 16:39.22. The 15-second personal best is the fourth-fastest time in school history and the fastest in the MW this season by a minute, while ranking 19th in the NCAA. Sophomore Kereston Thomas won the 100 meters in Greeley in 11.93, while freshman Cassidy Meade crossed the line first in the 800 meters in a personal-best 2:16.41. Junior Julia Popish's 10-10 in the pole vault was also a personal best and kept her seventh in Cowgirl history in the event.
"It was neat to see Jenna compete well today because she had a great heptathlon going last week in California that was ruined by one event," Berryhill said. "She came back today and had two monster events. She really handled that adversity well and we saw it today. We thought it was important to get Holly out to Stanford for a good 5,000 meters, because we know that will carry over to what she is really training for, which is the 10,000 meters in two weeks at Mt. SAC."
Sophomore Scott Carter unleashed a leap of 49-5 to win the triple jump and PR by nearly two feet. His mark ranks 10th in UW history, first in the MW this season and 31st in the nation. Freshman Jordan Charles notched a personal-best 14.22 for third in the 110-meter hurdles, as his time is sixth in Wyoming history and currently second in the MW. Graduate student Harry Fisher made his outdoor debut for Wyoming at 1:51.15 in the 800 meters, less than a second away from the Cowboy top 10. Sophomore Dylan Morin was runner-up in the 1,500 meters in 4:00.16.
Wyoming concludes competition at the Tom Benich Invite tomorrow at 10 a.m. MT with the hammer and discus in Fort Collins, Colo.