April 27, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Wyoming track and field team put together its best outdoor meet of the season by breaking multiple school records to conclude the Jack Christiansen Invitational Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo.
Altogether, 11 Wyoming Top-10 school records were broken in the effort, including one all-time mark, to finish the meet as the Cowgirls placed first with 167.5 points and the Cowboys finishing second with 112. Combined, Wyoming finished second in the meet with 279.5 points only to Colorado State's 285.
"It was an amazing effort on our part and we had a lot of great performances," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "Across the board, all of our events did really well as several achieved personal bests and it was apparent they were giving it their all. It was windier here than it was in Laramie, but that was a good thing for several events."
Freshman Kereston Thomas broke the all-time Wyoming 100-meter dash record with an 11.68 for second place at the meet, beating Kima Wells' time of 11.70 from the 2004 season. The time moved her from the seventh spot on the UW list to the top as she beat her personal best of 11.90 from earlier in the season.
Mollie Dahl threw a shot put 51'-2.25" to earn UW's No. 3 all-time best distance for the event, beating her former best of 49'-7." Placing first in the meet, her mark moved her from fourth to third on the all-time list and currently stands as the Mountain West's top distance and 48th-best in the country.
"It was a great day for Mollie and I'm happy for her," said associate head coach Paul Barrett. "It was a huge personal record on her last throw against her CSU rival who had just passed her in the last round and she responded big!"
In the men's 110-meter hurdles, three athletes earned UW Top 10 times led by senior Brandon Douglass, who placed fourth in 13.97 seconds, breaking his previous best of 14.29 to move from fifth to fourth on the UW list. Sophomore Colin Herold came in fifth in 14.41 seconds, beating his personal best of 14.58 to move from eighth to sixth on the UW list. Jacob Edwards ran a 14.74 for 11th place, topping his former best of 14.85 and achieving the No. 10 spot on UW's all-time list for the event.
The men's 100-meter dash also had a strong day as senior Stephen Michel tied his personal-best time of 10.59, the seventh best time in school history, and Lenyn Leonce earned a 10.61 which lands him at No. 8 on UW's list.
Jenna Mann beat her personal-best time of 13.82 in the 100-meter hurdles with a first-place 13.64 Saturday, moving from sixth to fifth on UW's list. Fellow junior Sam Kee ran a 55.77 in the 400-meter dash, beating her former best of 56.14 for the No. 9 spot in Wyoming history for the event.
In the women's 4x100 relay, Audrey West, Kee, Taylor Gardner and Thomas came in first place in 46.12, the eighth-best time in school history. Junior Andrea Klimowski earned Wyoming's fifth best all-time 3,000-meter steeplechase time with an 11.23.59 for third place, topping her previous best of 12:02.36 for the event.
UW returns to Laramie next week to host the Snowball Meet on Friday, May 3, in a dual with Northern Colorado and select athletes from CSU. The time of the meet is slated for a 1 p.m. start.