April 10, 2004
OGDEN, Utah -
The University of Wyoming track andfield squads turned in some great performances Saturday at the WeberState Wildcat Invitational in Ogden, Utah. Six Cowboys and fiveCowgirls finished in the top three in their respective events.
Two Cowboys took home first place finishes. Freshman Jared Grant, fromLovell, Wyo., cleared a career best 6' 9" in the high jump tofinish in the top spot, while sophomore Jeremiah Johnson, a native ofLaramie, Wyo., was the first to cross the finish line in the 800 meterrun. Johnson's time of 1:49.99 is a season best performance.
In the sprints, freshmen Dwight Neptune and Adam Kelly both finishedin second place in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Neptune, fromGaspirillo, Trinidad, ran a season best 10.71 in the 100 meter dash,while Kelly, from Brampton, Ontario, clocked in at 21.78 to finish inthe runner-up position of the 200 meter dash.
UW's Zack Schaefer, a junior from Battle Ground, Wash., had thesecond best performance in the hammer throw on Saturday. His distanceof 198' 11" was second to Gavin Shaw's, of Utah Valley State,202' 2". Schaefer also competed in the men's javelin throw,finishing sixth with a distance of 175' 1 ?".
Also notching a top three finish was freshman Devale Johnson, fromDenver, Colo. His distance of 43' 11 ?" in the men's triplejump was good enough for third place.
Three Cowgirls dominated the women's 400 meter dash race. JuniorShauna Smith, from Sheridan, Wyo., took the top spot finishing with atime of 57.66, her second best performance of the season. Laramie,Wyo. native Ainsley Thaikill finished second in the race, clocking inat 1:02.13. Ingvild Carstens, a sophomore from Trondheim, Norway, tookfourth place with a time of 1:06.23.
Casper, Wyo., native Amanda Hopper raced her way to a first placefinish in the 400 meter dash for the Cowgirls. Hopper clocked in witha new personal best time of 56.90.
Two Cowgirls notched runner-up finishes in their respective events.Senior Kima Wells had the second best time in the women's 200 meterdash. Her time of 24.06 is the fourth best time in school history.Sophomore Tanice Barnett took second place in the 800 meter run with aseason best time of 4:32.36.
The Cowgirl and Cowboy 4x400 meter relay teams both improved theirtimes on Saturday. The Cowgirl squad of Wells, Thaikill, Hopper andSmith cruised to a first place finish with a new UW school record timeof 3:44.12, while the Cowboy team of Jeremiah Johnson, Neptune, JeremyThompson and Jermaine Kelly took second place with a time of 3:16.56.
"Our kids got after it today," said UW head track and field coachDon Yentes. "They really turned in some great performancesconsidering it was a cold and snowy day. We are making some goodprogress and we look to be gaining the momentum we need before theconference meet."
Wyoming will be back in action next week when they travel to the MountSac Relays, April 16-18 in Walnut, Calif.