April 22, 2006
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams had a very nice day as they competed at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday. The Cowgirls came a way with six event titles and five additional top-three finishes, while the Cowboys grabbed two event titles and six more top-three finishes.
For the Cowgirls, sophomore Shaylee Babbitt and junior LaTasha Rudolph both had very good days. Babbitt won the 200-meters with a time of 24.78 and then ran a second place, personal best time of 13.94 in the 100-meter hurdles. Rudolph managed to win the 100-meters with a time of 12.42 and then ran a season best time of 24.92 in the 200-meters to finish second. The two then combined with sophomores Sharon Larrier and Maricel DaCosta to win the 4x100-meter relay with a season best time of 46.18.
In the 400-meters, Larrier ran away from the field to win the event title with a time of 54.12. She then teamed up with DaCosta, senior Adewunmi Abudu, and junior Aniis Hopkins, to win the 4x400-meter relay with a season best time of 3:47.08. This time marks as the fifth fastest time in the event in Cowgirl history. Hopkins also competed in the 400-meter hurdles where she finished third with a time of 1:02.16, just behind senior Ingvild Carstens who ran a personal best time of 1:01.44 to finish second.
In the field events, the Cowgirls also had a very solid day. Junior Kate Burton continues to perform well week in and week out as she won the hammer throw going 195' 1". Junior Lauri Smith managed to win the pole vault clearing a height of 11' 7-3/4", while sophomore Kat Doherty finished third vaulting 11' 1-3/4". Then in the long jump, sophomore Jennifer Collen tied her season best jump of 17' 9" to take third in the event.
For the Cowboys the day was also filled with numerous personal and season best performances. Michael Arnwine had a very good day when he won the 400-meter hurdles and placed third in the 110-meter hurdles. In both events, the sophomore ran personal best times of 53.13 in the 400-meter hurdles and 14.41 in the 110-meter hurdles. Freshman Damien Farmer followed Arnwine with a season best time of 53.69 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish third. The other top-three performance that came on the track surface came by freshman Brett Schuler, whose time of 10:02.23 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase was good enough to finish third.
The additional top-three performances came in the field events for the Pokes. The triple jump turned out to be a good event for Cowboys as they swept the field. Junior Blake Jackson won the event with a jump of 49' 8-1/2", while senior Brian Sinner finished second with a season best leap of 47' 2-1/4". Then freshman John Alderson rounded out the top three with a season best jump of 45' 11-3/4". The final top-three performance came in the high jump when junior Jared Grant finished third clearing a season best height of 6' 6-3/4".
"We had a very solid day today," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We are continuing to improve every week and look to keep with that down the stretch of our schedule."
Next weekend the UW track and field teams will send out two contingents. One group will go to Des Moines, Iowa for the Drake Relays and the rest of the team will compete in the Don Kirby Invite in Albuquerque, N.M.