April 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -Jordan Charles won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.13 at Friday's Utah Spring Classic to highlight several quality hurdle performances for the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams. The Cowboys and Cowgirls earned seven top-five finishes in the four hurdle races at the meet.
"I really thought it was another very good day for the whole team," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We had a few more top-10 times in there, some personal bests and a lot of season bests. We've put together a string of really good meets, so it's only a matter of time before you see a number of big marks out of these kids, hopefully in the coming weeks."
Charles' personal-best mark keeps him sixth in UW history in the event, but moves him to second in the Mountain West and 44th in the NCAA rankings. Charles also placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in a personal-best 54.01 for the seventh-fastest time in the MW this season. Sophomore Scott Carter and senior Aaron Praska notched the fastest times of their career in the 110-meter hurdles as well. Carter crossed the line in 14.25 to tie for seventh in UW history, while Praska ran 14.72. Carter was also third in the long jump at 22-3 1/2. Graduate student Harry Fisher was fifth in the 800 meters in 1:50.57 for ninth in Cowboy history and second in the MW this season.
The Cowgirl hurdlers were led by senior Katy Hall, who notched a season-best 14.28 in the 100-meter hurdles for second. She was followed in third by freshman Mikalah Skates at 14.35. Senior Taylor Gardner was second in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.17. Sophomore Kereston Thomas was the only Cowgirl to win an event, crossing the line first in the 100 meters in 11.88. She also finished third in the 200 meters at 24.74. Senior Audrey West was runner-up in the 200 meters with a personal-best 24.61, just .2 of a second away from UW's top 10. West also finished third in the long jump at 18-10.
"Our hurdlers really took advantage of a great weather day," Berryhill said. "It was a good day to go out there and get things done and they took advantage of it to put up some great marks. Coach [Shaun] Meinecke really had them ready to race today."
Wyoming returns to action tomorrow at the Weber State Invite in Ogden, Utah, and the CU Invite in Boulder, Colo.