UW Track & Field Captures Nine Event Titles

April 11, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The University of Wyoming track and field teams brought home nine event titles at the Colorado Invite in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday. Eight of them came on the women's side with the other from the men's.

Not only did the Cowgirls grab eight titles, but all together they had 18 top-three finishes. Senior Jessica Fox came away with two victories in both the 100 (11.87) and 400-meters (54.14). With a time of 13.74, senior Shauna Smith continued to show her dominance in the hurdle events and another first place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.

Sophomore Aniis Hopkins followed Smith in third place with a time of 14.72 and won the 400-meter hurdles. Hopkins' time of 1:04.09 was just fast enough to edge out senior Ainsley Thrailkill (1:04.12) in second and junior Ingvild Carstens (1:04.52) in third.

Freshman Sharon Larrier won the 200-meters crossing the tape in 24.96, just ahead of freshman Maricel Da Costa in 25.68. The Cowgirls won the 4x100-meter relay (46.72) that included Smith, juniors Janine Brathwaite and Adewunmi Abudu, and sophomore Amanda Hopper. Senior Tanice Barnett prevailed in the 800-meters as she ran a time of 2:13.78 that was good enough for first place while junior Emerald Reid finished third in the 3000-meters coming in at 10:52.40.

The Cowgirls also had a strong showing in the field events. Sophomore Lauri Smith won the pole vault clearing 10' 6". Janine Brathwaite's jump of 18' 3-1/4" was enough for second in the long jump and junior Courtney Schlegel also placed second in the triple jump going 39' 1-3/4". Junior Marji Bovey continued to be solid in the weights with two second place finishes in the hammer throw (163' 8") and shot put (44' 2").

The Cowboys came home with ten top-three finishes including a first place finish by senior Kyle Herl in the hammer throw. Herl's throw of 215' 7" was a new personal record and currently stands as the seventh best throw in nation. Senior Zach Schaefer's mark of 185' 4" qualifies him for NCAA Regionals and was good enough for fourth. Sophomore Tyg Long finished second in the shot put with a heave of 55' 5-3/4", just edging out Herl who went 54'6". Also, junior Eric Suter's toss of 151' 6" gave him the bronze in the javelin.

Sophomores Jared Grant and Tom Hall went second and third in the high jump clearing 6' 7" and 6' 5". Freshman Jon Lockhart took home a second place finish in the triple jump when he sailed 44' 3-1/2".

The Cowboy 4x400-meter relay team's time of 3:16.40 placed them second and included senior Jeremy Thompson, junior Jeremiah Johnson, sophomore Dominic Baysinger, and freshman Michael Arnwine. Thompson also finished third in the 800-meters with a time of 1:53.80 and Arnwine snagged a third place in the 110-meter hurdles crossing the line in 15.05.

"We had some very solid performances," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We are just trying to get better each and every week and I believe we did that today."

Next weekend the UW track and field teams will travel to Walnut, Calif., on April 15-17 for the Mt. Sac Relays.