Wyoming Competes at Day One of Oregon Relays

April 25, 2008

EUGENE, Ore. -

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The University of Wyoming track and field team took to the field Friday afternoon in Eugene, Ore., to compete in the Oregon Relays Invitational.

Senior, Kate Burton led the way for the Cowgirls as she was just one inch off her personal best in the hammer throw. She placed third overall behind two college graduates, and currently ranks 16th in the nation in this event.

"Kate had some very big warm-up throws and she is really starting to peak at the right time," said UW assistant coach Paul Barrett.

The rest of the meet belonged to the distance team as they were led by sophomore Emily Higgins who ran a personal best time of 4:33.46 in the 1,500-meter race, good for fifth all-time in UW history. In the 5,000-meter race senior Gretchen Johnson placed eighth in her section with a time of 16:42.12, she was followed by freshman Alysha Davis who took sixth in her section with a time of 17:26.50.

"Gretchen (Johnson) really hung tough in a great race as she was out by herself for a mile or so. She really showed her competitive nature and ran a great race," said UW assistant coach Randy Cole.

For the Cowboys, junior Brett Schuler led the pack as he set his personal best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by more than 10 seconds. He placed fourth with a time of 9:11.77, good for 10th all-time in UW history. Senior Michael Huntington took sixth in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:55.63.

Competition continues tomorrow as the sprinters take to the field.

"We had some solid competitive efforts today at a great atmosphere here in Eugene, Oregon," said Cole.