May 2, 2004
Albuquerque, N.M. (May 2, 2004)- The University of Wyoming track andfield programs competed at their final meet before the Mountain WestConference Championships, Saturday at the New Mexico Invitational inAlbuquerque, N.M. 13 UW athletes placed in the top three of theirrespective events at the non-scoring meet that was held at the GreatFriends of the University of New Mexico Track Stadium.
Senior Andrea Batt took first place in two events for the Cowgirlswith season best performances in both the shot put and hammer throw.Batt recorded a distance of 50' 1 1/4" in the shot put for firstplace and followed that with a mark of 184' 8" in the hammerthrow. She heads into the MWC Championships as the favorite in bothevents.
"She is peaking at the right time," said UW head track and fieldcoach Don Yentes. "She is putting herself in a position to close outher Wyoming career with a bang."
In the men's hammer throw, junior Zack Shaefer posted the bestperformance of his career with mark of 213' 1". The distance tooksecond place on Saturday, but it was the top mark by a collegiatecompetitor. Schaefer's performance is fourth best mark in Cowboyhistory and currently ranks in the top five in the nation.
Sophomore Tanice Barnett turned in a season best performance in thewomen's 800 meter dash. Her time of 4:34.69 is also qualifies herfor the NCAA Midwest Regional. Sophomore Maggie Diller finished thirdin the event with a time of 4:40.80.
Laramie, Wyo. native Ainsley Thrailkill took first place in the 400meter hurdles for the second week in a row. She crossed the finishline in 1:01.77, a season best performance for the sophomore. IngvildCarstens took third place, clocking in at 1:04.17.
After a false start disqualified her in the 400 meter dash, juniorJessica Fox battled back to take the top spot in the 200 meter dash.Fox dominated the field of 23 sprinters, finishing the race in 23.62.Casper, Wyo. native Amanda Hopper placed third with a time of 24.41.
In the women's long jump, sophomore Janine Brathwaite recorded thethird best performance of the meet. Her mark of 17' 4 1/4" is aseason best performance and is the third best mark by a Cowgirl thisseason.
Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson blew away the competition in the men's800 meter run. He cruised to the finish line in 1:50.34 seconds for afirst place finish, the second place runner finished in 1:51.42.
Adam Kelly was the top performer in the men's 200 meter dash. Thefreshman took first place in the event with a season best time of21.51 seconds. The time is also the best time recorded by a Cowboythis season.
The Cowboys also placed first in the 4x400 meter relay. The foursomeof Dominic Baysinger, Jeremiah Johnson, Robert Harris and JermaineKelly sprinted to a time of 3:11.56. The time is the third bestperformance in school history.
In the men's 100 meter dash, freshman Dwight Neptune sprinted to athird place finish, while freshman Adam Kelly placed fourth. Neptuneclocked in at 10.89 seconds, Kelly also finished in 10.89, but histime proved to aided by wind.
Sophomore Matt Hudson turned in a NCAA Midwest Regional qualifyingperformance in the men's 1,500 meter run. Hudson placed thirdoverall in the event with a personal best time of 3:52.72.
"We had some great performances today," added Yentes. "Our kidsstepped up and made some big strides. They understand that this is themost crucial time of the season, so they have to leave it all out onthe track. I we are ready for the conference meet in two weeks."
Wyoming's track and field teams will take next weekend off inpreparation for the 2004 MWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships,May 13-15, in Las Vegas, Nev.