UW Track and Field Takes Home Four Event Titles at Drake Relays

April 30, 2005


The University of Wyoming Track and Field teams split up to compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa and the New Mexico Invite in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday. At the Drake Relays, Wyoming captured four event titles and in New Mexico they grabbed 13 top-three finishes.

The UW track and field team had one of their best days ever in school history at the Drake Relays. Seniors Shauna Smith and Jessica Fox continued to display their dominance in their respective events. The two both took home titles in Special Invite Divisions that only feature the top athletes in the nation at both the collegiate and Olympic levels.

Smith, a native of Sheridan, Wyo., was only eight hundreths of a second off the meet record when she ran a season best time of 55.45 in the 400-meter hurdles. Fox, of Burns, Wyo. native, improved on her 2004 Drake Relays second place finish when she won the 400-meters with season best time of 52.77. Smith and Fox were also a part of the 4x400-meter relay team that defended their title from year ago. The two, along with sophomore Amanda Hopper and freshman Sharon Larrier, ran a season best time of 3:33.31.

Senior Kyle Herl was the lone Cowboy competing Saturday and the native from Hays, Kan, made the most of it by winning the hammer throw with a toss of 205' 8". With this win, Herl is the first Cowboy in school history to ever take home an individual title at the Drake Relays.

"It was a pretty nice day for us," said UW head coach Don Yentes in excitement. "This is the best performance we have ever had at this meet and I am just so proud of these kids."

Down in New Mexico, UW track and field also had a good day. Junior Courtney Schlegel and freshman Danielle Rawlings were the two Cowgirls to grabbed individual titles. Schlegel earned hers in the triple jump going 38' 10-3/4", while Rawlings won the 3000-meter steeplechase with a personal best time of 12:19.61. Senior Jennifer Thompson took second in the 5000-meters with a time of 17:57.58, just ahead of freshman Gladys Jerotich at 18:04.66 in third. Sophomore Aniis Hopkins placed third in the 100-meter hurdles when she crossed the line in 15.22, while junior Janine Brathwaite also took third in the long jump with leap of 17' 6-1/4". Both sophomore Lauri Smith and freshman Kat Doherty took third in the pole vault when they were able to clear 10' 11-3/4".

Senior Zack Schaefer was the lone Cowboy to come away with a individual title. Schaefer got back into the groove with a toss of 205' 6" in the hammer throw. Sophomore Phillip Thomas managed a second place finish in the high jump going 6' 3-1/2".

On the track, the Cowboys had three athletes take second in their events. Junior Brian Knight earned his when he ran a time of 15:18.18 in the 5000-meters, while junior Jeremiah Johnson took the silver when he crossed the line in 1:52.20 in the 800-meters. Freshman Michael Arnwine then earned his in the 110-meter hurdles with a season best time of 14.89.

UW track and field will take next weekend off before they will head to Fort Collins, Colo. for the 2005 Mountain West Conference Championships, on May 11-14.

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