Wyoming Track Wins Five Events At Jack Christiansen Invite

April 23, 2011


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The Wyoming track and field program made strides Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Invite, as UW student-athletes claimed the top spot in five events.

The meet was run in temperatures in the 40s and some snow, which prompted the UW coaching staff to pull athletes out of some events. Those who did compete, however, did well enough to earn praise from Wyoming head coach Don Yentes.

"We had some decent efforts," Yentes said. "It was a good meet, and we got a few things accomplished. We'll just keep plugging away."

The highlights from the meet for the men's team included Nik Deininger's performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He won the event with a time of 9:50.52. Joe Riccio was fourth in the shot put (53-5 ¾) and was 11th in the discus (152-4). Riccio and fellow thrower Mark Sparks finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the hammer throw.

Stephen Michel won the long jump with a mark of 23-4, but sustained an injury during the day and was pulled out of the competition.

Five UW women hurdles placed in the top 10 in the 100-meter hurdles, including Erin Kirby, whose mark of 14.42 seconds is a team-best time this season. Diana Long won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.65.

Chantel Bernabo posted her best performance of the season in the 100-meter dash (12.15 seconds) to finish third in the event. Bernabo and Kirby also went 1-2 in the 200-meter dash. Candace Wollert's time of 56.11 in the 400-meter dash was good enough to win the event and put her eighth on UW's all-time top-10 list.

Alysha Davis and Andrea Klimowski each set new personal records in the 1,500-meter run. Davis' time was 4:37.90 with altitude conversion, and Klimowski's was 4:42.25. Ashley Hutchinson was second in the shot put, and eighth in the hammer throw, while Emily Moore was second in the long jump.

Up next for Wyoming is the Front Range Championships, which will be April 30 in Laramie, Wyo.