UW Distance Crews Compete in First Day at Mount SAC Relays

April 15, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming distance teams competed in the first day of competition at the 2005 Mount San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif., on Friday. The Mount SAC Relays is one of the best track and field meets of the outdoor season and features top collegiate programs from the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Big Sky, Mountain West, Southeast, Pac-10, and West Coast Conferences.

Junior Jeremiah Johnson was the lone Cowboy to compete in an Olympic Development event that featured former Olympians and the top college 800-meter runners in the nation. The Laramie, Wyo. native stepped up and ran his best race of the season crossing the line at 1:51.70.

The rest of the Wyoming athletes competing Friday ran in the University Division, which included the top athletes in their respective events.

Junior Brian Knight ran to a fourth place finish in the 5000-meters.The Boise, Idaho native ran his second best time ever in this event with a time of 14:38.57. Senior Jeremy Thompson's time of1:52.62 in the 800-meters proved to be good enough for a fourth place finish.

For the Cowgirls, senior Tanice Barnett was aiming for that NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the 1500-meters of 4:29.12, but came up a just short with a time of 4:28.90. This time would lead her to a 13th place finish.

Four Cowgirls competed in two different 5000-meter races. The first one included freshman Gretchen Fagley who finished in 17th place and a time of 18:08.06.The second race featured senior Jennifer Thompson, junior Michelle Kvernmo, and freshman Gladys Jerotich. Thompson led the three with a time of 17:21.55 (31st), but was closely followed by Jerotich in17:31.92 (35th) and Kvernmo in 17:34.36 (36th).

Competition will continue tomorrow for UW in the field events and then back to the track on Sunday.