April 13, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - At the midpoint of the outdoor season, several Wyoming track and field athletes earned personal-best marks Saturday at the Nebraska Quad in Lincoln, Neb.
Seven tracksters achieved personal records while others ran to first-place marks in their respective events at UN's Ed Weir Track.
"We competed hard, which is what I care most about," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "The weather conditions were a bit chilly and windy, but pretty decent overall so I think we took advantage and earned pretty good marks and personal bests. It was a good meet to prepare for next week and the conference championships in May."
Junior Jenna Mann came in first in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.33, while senior Diana Long placed first in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.80, just off her personal-best of 59.90. The 4x100 relay squad of Audrey West, Maggie Ochsner, Jolie Dubois and Kereston Thomas came in first in 47.61, while the foursome of McKenzie Brogan, Sam Kee, Long and Taylor Gardner placed first in the 4x400 relay in 3:47.02.
Thomas placed second in the 100-meter dash in 12.06, while Kee and Brogan finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 400-meter with personal-best times of 56.25 and 57.23. Senior Olivia Heaston earned a personal record in the 800-meter for fifth place in 2:16.46, beating her former best of 2:16.67.
On the men's side, senior Henry Ferreira once again had a strong showing in the javelin, reaching a distance of 207'-2" for first place, while Joe Plante finished first in the hammer at 195'-0." Sophomore Paul Thomas came in second in the discus throw at 179'-4," with senior Mark Sparks performing well in both the discus (5th, 160'-3") and hammer (3rd, 179'-1").
Senior Lenyn Leonce placed second in the long jump at 24'-0.75," the closest he has reached this season to his personal-best 24'-6.50." Michael Banks performed well in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a first-place time of 9:30.08, while freshman Michael Seas came in third in 9:49.23 in his first attempt at the event. Brandon Douglass and Colin Herold represented the program well in the 110-meter hurdles with respective finishes of second (14.81) and third (14.84).
Competing unattached at the Colorado Invitational, junior Mason Finley threw a personal-best 204'-9" in the discus, which is the second-farthest distance in the United States this year and 11th-best in the world rankings. The mark topped last year's champ, Lance Brooks, at the meet as he beat his former best distance of 201'-5." If he were competing for Wyoming, it would stand as fifth best all-time in MW history and second-best in school history.
Wyoming will compete next week, April 17-20, at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The meet begins Wednesday with the combined heptathlon/decathlon events before the open competition begins Friday.
"Mt. SAC is the biggest meet we'll have during the outdoor season other than Mountain West," Berryhill said. "It's important to rest the athletes because it's a great opportunity to earn NCAA-qualifying marks."