April 15, 2011
WALNUT, Calif. - Competing in an event billed as a place "Where the World's Top Athletes Compete," the Wyoming track student-athletes showed up in a big way Friday.
While complete results from Walnut weren't available as of press time Friday evening, the Mt. SAC Relays began Thursday and three Wyoming tracksters got off to a hot start.
Michael Banks was seventh in his 3,000-meter steeplechase race with a time of 9:19.12, a personal-record time which puts him No. 44 in the NCAA West region. Garrett Zans was fifth overall in the event, despite falling on the last water jump. He achieved a personal-best time of 9:00.98, good enough for eighth in the NCAA West. Greg Miller won the 10,000-meter race with a time of 29:27.77. That is seventh all-time in school history and 12th in the NCAA West.
"Greg Miller did a great job," UW distance coach Randy Cole said. "He ran the second 5K of the race by himself, really. He looked very good; it was a really great run for him. That'll put him in a fairly strong position, looking ahead to postseason qualifying."
On Friday, most of the 23 total student-athletes began competition. The women's 4-by-100-meter relay team of Erin Kirby, Chantel Bernabo, Katy Hall and Afiya Walker struggled with handoffs but still managed a time of 46.43 seconds. The foursome was eighth in the event.
Michel also was third overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.66 seconds, and Gunderson was 16th (10.86). Michel added another top-eight finish to his day in the triple jump, finishing seventh with a mark of 48 feet, 3 ¼ inches.
Tyler Skinner was 11th in the high jump with a mark of 6-8 ¾ and Mark Sparks finished 30th in the hammer throw with a mark of 174 feet, 8 inches. Sparks also finished 21st in the discus throw with a distance of 158-2. Leonce was 18th in the long jump, 22-9 ¾.
Maggie Ochsner was second in her section of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.72 seconds. Hall was first in her section of the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.97. In the 110-meter hurdles, Douglass (14.87) and Michael Tasker (15.40) finished 22nd and 29th, respectively.
Competition will continue at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday, and another group of UW tracksters will compete Saturday in the CSU-Pueblo Invitational in Pueblo, Colo.