DES MOINES, Iowa -
The University of Wyoming men finished seventh in the 4x800-meter relay on Friday night at the famous Drake Relays. The Cowboys were in fifth through the first leg, but lost the baton in the first exchange en route to a final time of 7:33.15.
Running in cloudy, cool conditions, graduate student Thomas Atkinson got the Pokes off to a good start on the first leg. He was fifth as he handed the baton to freshman Calum Kepler. As Kepler turned to start the second leg, though, he ran into the back of a fellow competitor forcing the baton out of his hand. The mistake dropped the Cowboys to as low as 11th in the 15-team field, but freshman Ricky Faure and graduate student Harry Fisher battled back over the third and fourth legs to move Wyoming up in the final standings. Loyola (Ill.) won the race in 7:25.12, while Arkansas was second in 7:25.63. The Cowboys finished ahead of squads from Illinois, Washington and Missouri.
The majority of the Cowboys and Cowgirls compete at Saturday's Jack Christiansen Invite in Fort Collins, Colo., while a group of jumpers and hurdles will be at the Triton Invite in San Diego, Calif.