Pokes Conclude Action In Two Weekend Track Meets

April 16, 2011

WALNUT, Calif. - The Wyoming track and field program wrapped up a busy weekend of action Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays.

On Friday night, Taylor Kelting and Christine Nelson competed in their distance events. Kelting was seventh in the 5,000-meter run (14:10.88), which puts him sixth on UW's all-time top-10 list.

Nelson, a freshman, was 14th in the 5,000-meter run, completing the race after her right shoe was ripped off. Her time of 16:33.45 was the second-best performance in school history.

"Christine ran into bad luck in that her right shoe got ripped off, but she ran the second-best performance in UW history and just off her school record," UW distance coach Randy Cole said.

On Saturday, Ashley Hutchinson was 43rd in the hammer throw with a toss of 163 feet. Afiya Walker posted her best time of the year in the 400-meter dash, finishing third in the event with a time of 53.08 seconds.

At CSU Pueblo
Eighteen UW track athletes competed in the CSU Pueblo Invitational on Saturday in Pueblo, Colo., and several came away with solid performances.

"We made some improvements today and we're starting to get a few breakthroughs," UW head coach Don Yentes said.

Mario Harris, who has battled illness over the last few weeks, ran to a time of 10.50 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 21.81 in the 200-meter dash. He won both events.

Mark Flegel was sixth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.29), followed closely by Aaron Praska in seventh with a time of 15.37. Praska, Riley Copeland, Jacob Edwards and Colin Herold all set new personal-best marks in the 400-meter hurdles.

Larissa Edwards also achieved a personal-best time of 14.42 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, while Emily Moore was fifth in the long jump with a jump of 17 feet, ½ inch, and fourth in the triple jump (37-1 ¼).

Olivia Heaston was seventh in the 100-meter dash (12.67), and sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.42 seconds. Natalie Hurst was eighth in the 200, with a time of 25.61 seconds. Amanda Aimone was sixth in the discus with a distance of 127 feet, 6 inches. Aimone also was third in the hammer throw (163-4).

Dalton Sybrant finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 45-8 ½, and Jaymes Talkington was third in the triple jump (45-10 ½). Sybrant also finished eighth in the discus, and Brock Fiedler was 10th.

Maria Cress added another top-five finish for Wyoming, finishing fifth in thejavelin (113-6).

The women finished in seventh place with 39 points, while the men were sixth with 50 points.

The UW track program will prepare for two events next week, starting with the two-day CSU Multi, beginning Thursday in Fort Collins, Colo. The Cowboys and Cowgirls will then compete in the Jack Christensen Invite, also in Fort Collins, beginning Saturday.