April 15, 2006
LINCOLN, Neb. -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams battled through rough weather conditions when they competed at the Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday. The meet was able to complete 30 of the 38 events scheduled, before a weather warning caused a long delay. During this delay the Wyoming coaching staff decided to withdraw their athletes from the rest of the events due to the inclement weather and the fact they wanted to get on the road to get their athletes home at a reasonable time.
The Cowboys marked seven top-five finishers during Saturday's competition. Leading the way for the Pokes was a performance by senior Jeremiah Johnson. The middle distance specialist ran a season best time of 1:48.84 and a third place finish in the 800-meters. With this time he earned himself a trip to the NCAA Regional meet in Austin, Tex., on May 26-27.
Sophomore Shadrack Too had a good day when he finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:20.25, while sophomore Philemon Tanui crossed the line in 3:56.16 to finish fourth in the 1,500-meters. In the 400-meters, freshman Terrance Fenton ran to a fifth place finish with a time of 49.02. Former Cowboy wide receiver Josh Barge had a very good performance in the 110-meter hurdles. The senior ran a season best time of 14.50 that was good enough for fifth place in the event. The lone field event athlete to place in the top-five for the Pokes was freshman Brad Charters with his fifth place throw of 182' 11".
The Cowgirls enjoyed six top-five performances with one event title. That event title came in the 100-meter hurdles when sophomore Shaylee Babbitt ran a time of 13.97. With this time, Babbitt now holds the fifth fastest time in Cowgirl history in the event. Junior Aniis Hopkins finished close behind with a personal best time of 14.60 in the event and then followed it up with a second place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a season best time of 1:02.04. Just behind Hopkins came senior Ingvild Carstens in fourth place with a time of 1:03.56. Another Cowgirl who had a good day was junior LaTasha Rudolph. The sprinter ran a season best time of 12.08 in the 100-meters that proved good enough for fourth place in the event. She then was a part of the Cowgirl 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of Babbitt, senior Adewunmi Abudu, and sophomore Sharon Larrier, that finished second with a season best time of 46.28. As for the field events, junior Kate Burton had a another good meet in the hammer throw when she finished second in the event with a throw of 191' 1".
"Things are starting to come around," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "I think we can use some of these performances today and carry them into the next couple of weeks."
Next weekend the UW track and field teams will travel to Fort Collins, Colo. for the Jack Christiansen Invitation, on April 22.