Wyoming Track Finishes With Mixed Results At CU Invite

April 9, 2011

BOULDER, Colo. -

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The Wyoming track and field student-athletes left Boulder on Saturday with some solid performances, despite dealing with some challenging track conditions.

Footing on the track was shaky at times, and several athletes slipped while running their events. But the Cowgirls still managed several solid efforts. Chantel Bernabo was second in the 100-meter dash (11.95 seconds), and Candace Wollert, who normally runs the 800-meter run, was fourth in the 400-meter dash (56.77). Maggie Ochsner was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 14.49 seconds, while Christine Nelson was fifth in the 1,500-meter run (4:35.43).

Diana Long won the 400-meter hurdles for the second straight event, with a time of 1:01.06, and Ashley Hutchinson won the shot put (46-1 ¼).

The men also made significant strides Saturday. Mario Harris, running in his first outdoor meet of the season, was fifth in the 200-meter dash (22.12), and Greg Miller and Taylor Kelting ran in the 1,500-meter run, finishing with altitude-converted times of 3:49.83 and 3:51.85, respectively. Brandon Douglass was second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.85).

Perhaps the highlight of the day for the men was the performance of the 4-by-100-meter relay team of Travis Gunderson, Stephen Michel, Douglass and Harris. The foursome was first in the event with a time of 40.86 seconds, which puts them seventh on UW's top-10 all-time list.

"That was probably the fastest we've ever opened up," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said in regards to the 4-by-100-meter relay team. "It is really going to be a good group."

Lenyn Leonce won the long jump (24-0 ¼) and Joe Riccio was first in the shot put (52-10.)

"It's just like a little bit of everything in life, some people take advantage of opportunites and some don't," Yentes said. "With the slick conditions, we just had a few things that didn't go great."

Up next for the Cowboys and Cowgirls is the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., on Friday and Saturday.