Daniels' Performance Sets Pace For Wyoming Track

April 28, 2012


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Freshman Shreese Daniels was the top performer for the University of Wyoming track and field program Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Invite as she threw her way into Cowgirl history. Over the weekend, five student-athletes put their names in the UW record book.

Cowgirl highlights
Daniels won the shot put with a personal-best mark of 48 feet, 11.75 inches. That mark was fifth in Wyoming history and broke her freshman shot record, set earlier this season.

As a team, the Cowgirls were second out of nine teams with 157.5 points, trailing Colorado State with 190.

The women's throwers went 1-2-4 in the shot put. After Daniels, junior Mollie Dahl hit 48-0.75 (No. 6 all-time) and senior Ashley Hutchinson was fourth with a toss of 47-11 to sit in No. 8 all-time.

"The gals stepped up and competed very well, pushing each other fighting for an NCAA First-Round qualifying mark," Wyoming throws coach Paul Barrett said.

Senior Chantel Bernabo was fifth in the 100-meter dash (12.51 seconds), while freshman Samantha Kee was second in the 200, 24.61. In the 400, senior Lindsey Simmons was fifth with a 57-second performance, and junior Olivia Heaston was second in the 800, with an altitude-converted time of 2:18.64.

Sophomore Emily Swigart was fifth in the 1,500-meter run (18:16.31 with altitude conversion); sophomore Jenna Mann was second in the 100 hurdles (14.35) and junior Diana Long and sophomore Taylor Gardner went 1-2 in the 400 hurdles, respectively. The quartet of Bernabo, freshman Audrey West, Kee and Gardner won the 4-by-100-meter relay with a time of 46.50, a season best.

Sophomore Emily Moore was second in the triple jump (38-2) and junior Anna George was second in the javelin with a throw of 127-11.

Cowboy highlights
The Cowboys finished third out of 10 teams with 115 points, finishing behind Air Force and Colorado State.

Senior Travis Gunderson was third in the 100 dash (11.08) and junior Stephen Michel, competing for the first time in the outdoor season, was seventh in the 200, with a time of 22.15. The return of Michel was a boost for the 4-by-100-meter relay team, as he, Gunderson, junior Lenyn Leonce and senior Jeremiah James won with a time of 41.21. Freshman Jason Roascio was ninth in the 400 (49.66) and junior Ken Lane was ninth in the 800, 2:00.88. James also won the triple jump, hitting 49-3.75.

Senior Taylor Kelting made his case for the NCAA First Round with a time of 3:48.50 in the 1,500-meter run to finish second. Kelting's time was eighth on UW's all-time list. Junior Brandon Douglass and sophomore Colin Herold went 3-4 in the 110 hurdles.

"We really had some nice times and I thought the 4-by-100 teams ran really well," Wyoming head coach Don Yentes said. "There were some solid all-around performances. We looked a little worn down from the end of semester, but the kids got after it.

"Right now we're making some strides, and hopefully next Friday will be much better."

Wyoming hits the road Friday for the annual Front Range Championships, hosted by the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.