Wyoming Throwers Finish Strong in Oklahoma

April 14, 2007

NORMAN, Okla. -

Complete Results

The University of Wyoming track and field programs competed today at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla. UW's highlight of the day came with senior weight thrower, Shannon Popp and junior weight thrower, Jake Shanklin.

"Jake and Shannon really threw well today," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes.

In the hammer throw event, Shanklin threw a distance of 212'-3.00" to place second behind a Kansas' Egor Agafonov, who threw an astounding distance of 225'-10.00". Popp was also on top of her game as she threw an impressive personal best distance of 194'-7.00". That distance was also good enough to place her second behind Kansas' Zlata Tarasova, who threw the weight 199'-2.00".

For the Cowboys, the 4x100-meter relay team placed third and led the way with a time of 43.05, while red shirt freshman jumper John Alderson finished in third place in the triple jump event, jumping a distance of 49'-6.25"; a new personal best for Alderson and a regional meet qualifying mark. Senior distance runner, Nick Cramer, finished the day in ninth place of the 800-meter run. Cramer recorded a time of 1:55.61. Senior sprinter Dwight Neptune finished the 100-meter dash in tenth place with a time of 11.25 seconds.

For the Cowgirls, freshman distance runner Emily Higgins came through with nice performance in the 1,500-meter run as she finished in fifth place with a time of 4:46.33. Senior sprinter LaTasha Rudolph placed eighth in the 100 meter dash as she crossed the line in 12.68 seconds. Freshman Brenna Dooley was 15th in the 400-meter dash having run a time of 59.22.

Also competing well for the women was junior and senior hurdlers Shaylee Babbitt and Aniis Hopkins. Together, Babbitt and Hopkins finished the day in eighth and ninth place of the 100-hurdles with times of 14.58 and 14.64. The 4x100-meter relay team finished sixth with a time of 48.15, while the 4x400-meter relay team had a very successful run as they finished second on the day with a time of 3:42.75.

"This was a great meet, but we just didn't get it done today," said Yentes. "It was cold and windy, but we just didn't get it done.

"We're just going to have to step it up next week."

Next weekend the Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel split squads to Eugene, Ore. and Fort Collins, Colo. for the Oregon Invite and the Jack Christianson Invite.