Cowgirls Second, Cowboys Third at the Jack Christenson Invite

April 23, 2005


The University of Wyoming track and field teams grabbed ten individual titles at the Jack Christenson Invite, Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo. Senior Jessica Fox set a new school record in the 200-meters when she ran to a first place finish of 23.29. This time also currently stands as the fourth best time in Mountain West Conference history.

"We had a nice solid meet," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "The kids came out loose and relaxed and had an amazing day."

The Cowgirls ended up in second with a team score of 192 points, just behind Colorado State with 237 points. Air Force (129), Black Hills State (70), Colorado (23), Colorado-Colorado Springs (21), and South Dakota School of Mines (1) rounded out the rest of the field.

Fox also took home the title in the 100-meters (11.75) and was part of the 4x400-meter relay team that set a new Jack Christianson track record with a time of 3:33.85. Others on that team included senior Shauna Smith, sophomore Amanda Hopper, and freshman Sharon Larrier, who also all had good days.

Smith ran a season best time of 56.78 in the 400-meter hurdles and another first place finish. In the 400-meters, Hopper ran to a first place finish and a personal best time of 55.07, just ahead of Larrier who finished in second at a personal best time of 54.10.

Senior Tanice Barnett continued to remain solid as she won the 1500-meters with a time of 4:39.31. Freshman Danielle Rawlings finished second in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Senior Ainsley Thrailkill and sophomore Aniis Hopkins finished second and third in the 100-meter hurdles. Thrailkill ran 14.78 while Hokins crossed the line at 14.83.

The Cowgirls also had a pretty good day when it came to the field events. Junior Marji Bovey placed second in the shot put going 44'7". Senior Courtney Schlegel finished second in the triple jump soaring 39' 5", while junior Janine Brathwaite took second in the long jump with a mark of 18' 9-3/4". Sophomore Lauri Smith and freshman Kat Doherty tied for second in the pole vault when they both cleared 11' 5 3/4".

On the men's side the Cowboys finished third with 94.5 points behind Air Force (185) and Colorado State (167). Black Hills State (26), Colorado-Colorado Springs (26), South Dakota School of Mines (22.5), and Colorado (15) completed the rest of the field.

Senior Kyle Herl once again had a phenomenal day taking home two titles in the hammer throw and the shot put. In the hammer throw Herl set a new personal record going 219' 10", which currently stands as fourth best in the nation. He also set a new personal best in the shot put with a toss of 57' 3-3/4". Sophomore Tyg Long placed third in the shot put with a distance of 54' 11-1/4".

On the track, junior Jermaine Kelly won the 400-meters with a new personal record of 48.17. Sophomore Dwight Neptune finished third in the 100-meters when he ran a time of 10.95.

Both the Cowboy relay teams also had a strong showing on Saturday.The 4x400-meter team consisting of Kelly, senior Jeremy Thompson, sophomore Dominic Baysinger, and freshman Michael Arnwine won in a time of 3:13.97. Senior Bret Zowada, Neptune, sophomore Adam Kelly, and freshman Jon Lockhart finished second in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 41.98.

UW track and field with continue on next weekend when some individuals will head to Des Moines, Iowa for the Drake Relays, on April 29-30. The others will go to Albuquerque, N.M. for the New Mexico Invite, on April 30.