April 14, 2012
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.