Cold Weather Can't Slow Down UW Track and Field

April 26, 2008


The wind and cold in Fort Collins, Colo., was no match for the University of Wyoming track and field team as they competed in the Jack Christiansen Invitational on Saturday, while the rest of the team completed action in Eugene, Ore., at the Oregon Invite.

In Fort Collins, personal best marks were set by senior Maricel DaCosta in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash in which she placed third in both events, also for freshman Erica Anderson in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.98 and a sixth place finish. Nikki Peterson ran a season best time of 2:25.90 in the 800-meter race, along with senior Jennifer Collen who took second place in the long jump with a leap of 18' 5 3/4" to tie the season best for the Pokes.

"Maricel (DaCosta) ran very well today midst the cold and snow," said head coach Don Yentes. "For the Cowboys, sophomore Keith Brauneis ran extremely well in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Senior Shadrack Too had the lead in the 3,000-meter steeplechase until he was caught from behind in the last 200-meters or so. Also, Kekoa Chavez ran a great 400-meter hurdle event as he just ran out of gas around the last hurdle, but he is making excellent strides."

At the completion of the Oregon Invite, the Cowboys walked away with another NCAA Regional Qualifier, in freshman Alan John who placed third in the hammer throw with his personal best throw of 187' 8". Along with John, senior Vashone West did very well with a sixth place finish in the 200-meter dash and a time of 21.66.

For the Cowgirls, Kate Burton took fifth in the discus with a toss of 149' 5". Finally for the Cowgirls, Shaylee Babbitt and Jennifer Schmitz took third and fourth respectively in the 100-meter hurdles. They ran times of 14.06 and 14.42.

"All in all it was a good meet for us, Alan (John) did a great job for us and I congratulate him on qualifying as a freshman, that's pretty impressive," said assistant coach Paul Barrett.

"We got some good work in for our kids to start gearing up for the Front Range Invite in Laramie next weekend," said Yentes.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will host the First Annual Front Range Invitational brought to you by Qdoba Mexican Grill Saturday May, 3rd at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex, with the field events beginning at 10 a.m. and the track events beginning at high noon.

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