April 8, 2006
BOULDER, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams competed at the Colorado Invitational on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday. The Cowgirls and Cowboys combined for 14 top-three finishes on the day with five of those being individual titles.
The lone event title on the track for the Cowgirls was the 4x400-meter relay team, consisting of sophomores Maricel DaCosta, Danna Herbert, and Sammy Harrington along with freshman Carly Grubbs, with a time of 3:53.91. Herbert also managed to grab a third place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a season best time of 1:04.26. Senior Adewunmi Abudu had a good day with two second place finishes in the 100 and 200-meters. She did this with a season best time of 12.29 in the 100-meters and a 200-meter time of 24.85. Junior Meredith Furtney was another Cowgirl to earn a top-three finish when she ran a time of 2:18.53 in the 800-meters and a third place finish.
As far as the field events, the Cowgirls had a very good day. These performances were led by junior Kate Burton who took home the title in the hammer throw with a toss of 195' 8". Junior Lauri Smith was another UW woman took grab a individual title when she cleared a new personal best height of 12' 1-1/2" in the pole vault. Not only is this a new personal record in the event for Smith, but is a new outdoor Cowgirl record. Sophomore Kat Doherty finished third in the event clearing 11' 1-3/4". Sophomore Jennifer Collen earned a third place finish in the long jump when she went 17' 9", while sophomore Ashley Shriver also finished third in the triple jump going 36' 11-1/2".
The highlighted performance for the Cowboys came in the triple jump when junior Blake Jackson won the event with a jump of 50' 7". Not only did this get him the event title, but also guaranteed him a trip to the NCAA Midwest Regional meet at the end of the season. Senior Brian Sinner followed Jackson in the event with his second place jump of 45' 7". Another Cowboy to take home an event title was senior Jeremiah Johnson. The top middle distance man for the Pokes did this when he ran a time of 3:55.45 in the 1500-meters. Freshman Damien Farmer managed a second place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a season best time of 54.96.
"I think we got some things done today", said UW head coach Don Yentes. "This was a nice tune-up meet for us heading into next weekend."
The next time the UW track and field teams will be in competition will be April 15, when the travel to Lincoln, Neb. for the Nebraska Invitational. The multi-event athletes will go to Columbia, Mo. for the Walton Combined Events, on April 13-14.