Larrier Qualifies for NCAA Regionals at RJ/JJK Invite

April 7, 2006

WESTWOOD, Calif. -

A small contingent of the Wyoming track and field team competed at the Rafer Johnson/ Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational in Westwood, Calif., on Friday. A regional qualifier and two new personal records were the highlights on the day for Wyoming.

Sophomore Sharon Larrier managed to take the title in the 400-meters with a time of 54.11. This time is a new personal record and improves her third place spot on the top-five UW all-time performance list in the event. This time also punches her a ticket to Austin, Tex., on May 26-27, for the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Sophomore Shaylee Babbitt also posted a good day. She finished second in the 200-meters with a new personal best time of 24.59, and then ran a time of 14.59 in the 100-meter hurdles that proved to be fast enough for third place. Senior Ingvild Carstens ran a good race in the 400-meter hurdles when she finished second with a time of 62.33, just ahead of junior Aniis Hopkins' time of 63.86. In the hammer throw, junior Kate Burton finished sixth with a throw of 184'.

For the Cowboys, sophomore Michael Arnwine continued to improve in the 400-meter hurdles when he ran a personal best time of 54.07. Freshman Brad Charters threw a distance of 177' 10" in the hammer throw and an eighth place finish.

"I thought we had a pretty good day," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "Our times/marks are starting to improve and I think we are further along the road in that aspect than we were last year."

The rest of the Wyoming track and field team will be in competition on Saturday when the travel to Boulder, Colo., for the Colorado Invitational.