April 12, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Split squad competition at the John Jacobs Invitational held in Norman, Okla., and at the CU Invitational in Boulder, Colo., was completed Saturday for the University of Wyoming track and field teams.
In Norman, Cowgirl Shaylee Babbitt missed out on a regional qualifying mark in the 110-meter hurdles due to a wind reading of 4.3 meters-per-second. She ran her personal best time of 13.74, but it was negated due to the wind. Times are only recorded if they are below 4.0 meters-per-second.
Fellow Cowgirl Kate Burton won the hammer throw for the third straight time this season, with her regional qualifying mark of 185' 5". She qualified last weekend at the Cougar Invite in Provo, Utah, with her season best throw of 196' 1", which is ranked 18th in the nation thus far according to trackshark.com.
Senior Maricel DaCosta ran a personal best time of 12.36 in the 100-meter dash while coming in 13th place. In the 3,000-meter run, freshmen Alysha Davis and Emily Byra both ran well for the Pokes as they came in third and sixth respectively.
As for the men, they were led by the throws crew and freshmen Alan John and Shawn Teasley did all the throwing. Teasley took second in the shot put with a throw of 44' 3 1/2" and placed seventh in the discus. John finished second in the discus and sixth in the hammer throw with his personal best 180' 8".
Jeremiah James also faired well in Norman, Okla., as he placed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 46' 6 3/4".
"We competed very well today against some stiff competition," said assistant coach Randy Cole. "Shaylee (Babbitt) ran a great race today, and I look forward to her reaching the regional qualifying mark again in the very near future."
In Boulder, Emily Higgins and Lindsey Fuller lead the charge for the Cowgirls as Fuller walked away with the title in the triple jump and placed second in the long jump. As for Higgins, she placed second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:41.47. Senior Hallie Baker set her personal best mark in the pole vault crossing the bar at 10' 8".
Freshman Devin Oderwald was the lone Cowboy competing as he set his personal best in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.36, good for 13th place.
"We really got some good work in for our team today, hoping they will be able to help us out down the road," said head coach Don Yentes.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will have a week of training before they head to Eugene, Ore., for the Oregon Invitational on April 25th and 26th. Also, on Saturday the 26th the teams will split up to compete in the Jack Christiansen Invitational held in Fort Collins, Colo.