Wyoming Track Makes A Statement At Snowball Open

April 14, 2012


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The Laramie weather made things interesting Saturday for the Wyoming track and field program, but couldn't slow down the Cowboys and Cowgirls as they dominated in their lone outdoor home event of the season, the Snowball Open.

The Snowball Open lived up to its namesake for a time, as a light snow fell briefly on the competitors as the afternoon progressed. Throughout the day, the weather varied from sunshine and a slight breeze to cloudy with a touch more wind. Temperatures stayed in the 40s for most of the meet.

It didn't seem to affect the UW student-athletes, as they combined for 21 wins in 31 events.

"The kids did a good job and handled the weather pretty well," Wyoming head coach Don Yentes said. "We had a couple different seasons during the meet weather-wise, but if you're from Wyoming, you should expect this.

"It was our first home meet in three years and our kids ran really well and got excited about it. That's what we're looking for. The kids did a nice job and I'm really pleased with them."

Cowgirl highlights
Freshman Holly Page won the 1,500-meter run, crossing the line with a time of 4:51.73. Sophomore Andrea Klimowski wasn't far behind, finishing second at 4:51.99.

Senior Ashley Hutchinson won the hammer throw with a personal-record throw of 187-8. That mark was sixth in UW history and ranks 41st in the nation. Freshman Shreese Daniels was second in the same event with a personal best and UW freshman record of 172-0. Junior Anna George earned a personal-best throw of 167-9 to finish third.

Junior Mollie Dahl won the shot put with a mark of 45-8 ½. Sophomore Emily Moore won the triple jump, hitting 37-11 ½, a season-best mark. Junior Brittany Rehm was first in the high jump, 5-1.

The women's 4-by-100-meter relay team of Chantel Bernabo, Samantha Kee, Lindsey Simmons and Audrey West was first with a season-best time of 46.85.

Freshman Holly Page and sophomore Andrea Klimowski went 1-2 in the 1,500-meter run with times of 4:51.73 and 4:51.99, respectively. Shortly after, all four UW competitors set personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles, led by sophomore Jenna Mann in first with a time of 14.11. Junior Katy Hall was second, 14.15.

Sophomore Candace Wollert continued the meet in impressive fashion, winning the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.71. Sophomores Diana Long and Taylor Gardner took first and second in the 400 hurdles, respectively.

Freshman Samantha Kee was first in the 200-meter dash with a season best 24.72.

Cowboy highlights
Junior Joe Plante won the discus throw with a season-best mark of 179 feet, 10 inches. That mark is 25th in the nation. Plante also won the hammer with a personal-best toss of 193-0. That mark is No. 55 in the nation and leads the Mountain West.

Freshman Paul Thomas broke his own UW freshman record in the discus throw, 174-7. That is ninth all-time in UW history and ranks him 47th in the country. Junior Henry Ferreira won the javelin throw with a season-best toss of 194-7.

"Our throwers had a really nice day in chilly conditions with many personal records and season bests," UW throws coach Paul Barrett said. "Joe Plante led the way with a PR in the hammer throw and is starting to get his feel back in discus throw with a season-best mark after a redshirt year. Freshman Paul Thomas had a huge throw in the discus and he's one of the top freshman in the nation."

Junior Lenyn Leonce earned a season-best mark and first place in the long jump, 23-6 ¼, while junior Jaymes Talkington topped the triple jump, 44-5 ½. Junior Tyler Skinner tied for first in the high jump, 6-4 ¾.

Senior Greg Miller won the 1500 (4:01.65), while sophomore Garrett Zans was second in the same event, 4:03.08. In the 110-meter hurdles, juniors Brandon Douglass was first (14.41) while Michael Tasker was right behind, 14.75.

Junior Travis Gunderson was second in the 100-meter dash, 10.83. Freshman Caleb Her Many Horses was first in the 800, crossing the line with a time of 1:57.01.

Freshman Jason Roascio was the top finisher in the 200 dash, outracing Northern Colorado's Jared Lewis with a time of 21.71.

Up next for Wyoming is the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., on Friday and Saturday, along with the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday.