Perfect Weather for First Annual Wyoming Invitational Track Meet

April 28, 2007


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The University of Wyoming track and field program hosted the first annual Wyoming Invitational, sponsored by Laramie GM Auto Center, outdoor track meet on Saturday.

"Our kids ran really well," said Wyoming head track and field coach Don Yentes. "This was just a great meet for us and I'm very pleased with how everything went.

"As far as the weather was concerned, you never know what to expect with the weather in Laramie, Wyoming, but we really lucked out and had a beautiful day."

Kicking things off for the Cowgirls was senior weight thrower Shannon Popp. Popp threw a distance of 192'-1.00" and placed first. Other highlights of the day for the women were junior Sharon Larrier and senior Amanda Hopper. Larrier won the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 23.86, while Hopper finished the 400-meter dash in first place, running a time of 54.45 seconds. Junior discus thrower Courtney Gougler threw a regional qualifying mark of 47.30-meters for a third place finish; bringing the total number of UW athletes qualified to ten and one relay team. The 4x100-meter (B) relay team ran a third place time of 48.56. The (A) team was disqualified.

Cowboy sophomore Mark Korir during the 1,500-meter run.

"Courtney [Gougler] qualified in the discus finally and we had some near misses, so it was just a tremendous meet," said Yentes.

Junior jumper Jennifer Collen, a native of Buffalo, Wyo., finished the long jump event in third place, jumping a distance of 18'-1.75. She was followed in the event by sophomore Lindsey Fuller (18'-0.50"), who finished in fourth place and junior Janine Brathwaite (17'-11.00"), who finished in fifth place. Freshman Johnna Jeffries was first in the high jump with a height of 5'-7.00". In the pole vaulting event, senior Kat Doherty finished in second place with a height of 11'-5.00", while junior triple jumper Ashley Knight finished her event in fifth place, jumping a distance of 36'-9.50".

In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Shaylee Babbitt proved successful as she ran a first place time of 13.87, while senior Aniis Hopkins finished the same event in fourth place with a time of 14.44. Senior sprinter LaTasha Rudolph placed second in the 100-meter dash, running a time of 12.32 seconds. One of the highlights for the women was Hopkins' first place time of 1:02.78 in the 400-meter hurdles. Hopkins was followed by freshmen Andrea Frary (1:07.67), who finished sixth and Bridgett Schabron (1:17.30), who finished seventh.

Freshman Sarah Ysebaert finished the women's 3,000-meter run in second place with a time of 11:40.58, while in the 1,500-meter run, freshmen Brenna Dooley (4:48.73) finished in second place and Emily Higgins (4:51.02) crossed the line in third place. Junior Gretchen Johnson also competed in the 1,500, as she finished the race in fourth place with a time of 4:53.31.

For the Cowboys, senior jumper Jared Grant and sophomore Brad Charters finished the day well. Grant finished second in the high jump event, jumping a height of 6'-8.75", while Charters threw the hammer a distance of 193'-11.00", which placed him third. Redshirt freshman John Alderson continued to be successful as he placed second in the long jump with a distance of 22'-9.75". In the triple jump event, senior Blake Jackson placed first, jumping a distance of 51'-0.00", while sophomore distance runner Mark Korir ran a second place time of 3:59.72 in the men's 1,500-meter run.

The 4x100-meter relay team finished the day in fourth place, running a time of 40.69, while senior hurdler Josh Barge finished the 110-meter hurdle event in second place with a time of 14.63. Junior Vashone West finished the day in fifth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.47, while senior Dwight Neptune ran a fourth place time of 10.55 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Also competing well today was sophomore Damien Farmer (53.81) and junior Jake Morrison (53.88), as they finished second and third in the 400-meter hurdle event.

"The meet ran great," said Yentes. "The officials, the volunteers, everybody did a great job."

Teams that attended UW's first outdoor track meet in nearly 30 years were: the Air Force Academy, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Wyoming.

Next, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel to San Diego, California for the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships, that will be held May 9-12.