GREELEY, Colo. -
Senior Holly Page broke a 33-year old school record to highlight five all-time top-10 performances for the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams over the weekend. The majority of the Cowboys and Cowgirls competed at Northern Colorado's Tom Benich Invite on Saturday, while Page's performance came at the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif.
"I think you if you look at the performances, we got better this week again," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Our kids are taking advantage of the nice weather and that is what we are asking them to do. Even though this was a smaller meet, they went out there and had that competitive spirit. I like what I'm seeing right now."
Sent to the elite meet in search of a school record in the 10,000 meters, Page ran at nearly midnight Mountain Time on Friday and did not disappoint. Her time of 33:49.66 placed her fifth in her section and smashed Brenda Graham-Gray's previous record of 34:34.62 run in 1982. Page's time is her personal best by over a minute, is the fastest in the Mountain West this season and would rank first in the NCAA entering this weekend. She also set two school records during the indoor season. Sophomore Audra DeStefano ran the steeplechase at the meet and finished 11th in her section at 10:41 after getting stepped on in the first kilometer.
"During the indoor season I said a lot that Holly was proving she was one of the best Cowgirl distance runners ever, but I think this proves she is the best," Berryhill said. "What a race for her in her senior season to run a PR by a minute for another school record. She proved she is the best female distance runner in the history of Wyoming."
Three other Cowgirls had historic showings on Saturday at the Tom Benich. Junior Sabina Sandberg cleared a personal-best 5-8 3/4 in the high jump to finish second in the event and move into a second-place tie in Wyoming history. Her mark is third in the MW this season and 31st in the NCAA. Sophomore Kerry White won the 800 meters in a personal-best 2:08.54. The time keeps her third in Cowgirl history in the event, but ranks first in the MW and 12th in the NCAA. Junior Catherine Cloetta's personal-best 11:21.85 in the steeplechase moved her up to sixth in Cowgirl history.
Senior Devon England won the 5,000 meters in 17:55 and was followed by sophomore Megan Brunette at 18:04. Senior Erin Kirby was runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.58, while senior Audrey West was third in the long jump at 18-8 1/2 and senior Shreese Daniels earned the same finish in the hammer with a toss of 189-2. Kirby and West were also members of Wyoming's winning 4x400-meter relay at 3:45.
The Cowboys' 4x400-meter relay at the Tom Benich won the event in 3:11.92 to place third in Wyoming history and second in the MW this season. Junior Amos Bowen won the steeplechase in a personal-best 9:07 to rank first in the conference and 13th in the NCAA, while senior Garrett Zans was second in the race at 9:21. Sophomore Jordan Charles won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.46 and ran 53.76 for third in the 400-meter hurdles. Graduate student Thomas Atkinson was a member of UW's 4x400 relay and crossed the line first in the 800 meters in 1:50, followed by freshman Ricky Faure in 1:51. Freshman Jesse Gray won the 1,500 meters in 4:10, while redshirt freshman Michael Kesy accomplished the same in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:37. Senior Kyle Sullivan topped the field in the javelin with a toss of 144-11.
Wyoming returns to action on Friday at the New Mexico Quadrangular in Albuquerque, N.M.