ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
Two natives of the Equality State posted performances in the University of Wyoming's all-time top 10 to highlight eight event titles for the Cowboy and Cowgirl track and field teams at the New Mexico Quadrangular on Friday. Senior Erin Kirby from Evanston, Wyo., ran the third-fastest 400-meter hurdles, while freshman Ricky Faure from Rock Springs, Wyo., notched the fifth-fastest 800 meters.
"I thought today was a great day as a third of the kids we brought down had personal bests," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Our kids competed very well in a small, short meet. Tomorrow in Boulder will tell us a lot about how our kids can come back on the second day of conference meet. It puts them in a position where they ran well today, but have to come back and run even better tomorrow."
Kirby ran a personal-best 58.93 in the 400-meter hurdles to move from fourth to third in Cowgirl history in the event. Her time currently ranks first in the Mountain West and 18th in the NCAA. Graduate student Hannah Lloyd was second in the event on Friday in 1:01.81, just four tenths of a second away from Wyoming's all-time top 10.
The Wyoming women also got event wins from freshman Rebecca Harris, junior Sabina Sandberg and sophomore Kerry White. Harris notched a personal-best 18-0 1/2 in the long jump, while Sandberg was first in the high jump at 5-5 and second in the long jump in a personal-best 17-9 3/4. White crossed the line first in the 800 meters in an altitude-converted 2:08 and was followed in second by sophomore Cassidy Meade in 2:11. Junior McKenzie Brogan ran 56.03 in the 400 meters for a runner-up finish, while fellow sophomore Mikalah Skates ran 14.36 in the 100-meter hurdles to earn the same place.
Faure's altitude-converted 1:48.87 in the 800 meters was third in the race in a personal-best time and moved him to fifth in Cowboy history in the event. Graduate student Thomas Atkinson was fourth in a personal-best 1:50.25. Sophomore Jordan Charles won two events by crossing the line first in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.35 and the 200 meters in 21.74. Senior Colin Herold was runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.47 and was followed by senior Kyle Sullivan at 14.87. Senior Jason Roascio was second in the 200 meters in 21.77. Sullivan won the high jump at 6-1 1/2, while Herold was second in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.61. Junior Scott Carter won the triple jump at 48-6 3/4 and fellow junior Lance Loken placed third in the 400 meters in a personal-best 48.27.
Wyoming continues its season on Saturday at the Colorado Invite in Boulder, Colo. Events begin at 11 a.m. MT at Potts Field.