May 1, 2010
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
A beautiful Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo., was the sight of the Front Range Classic where the University of Wyoming track and field teams finished third on both the men's and women's side.
"It felt almost like our first meet, since we have had a string of bad weather this outdoor season," said head coach Don Yentes. "We got some guys out there that haven't been out much this year and the results showed."
The Cowboys scored 148 team points and the Cowgirls scored 144 points while Colorado State took the title on both fields with 184 points for the men and 195 points on the women's side.
The men had seven individuals and one relay team enter the top ten list, while the women entered one individual and one relay team.
The men's team of senior Keith Brauneis, sophomore Travis Gunderson, redshirt freshman Stephen Michel and freshman Mario Harris ran the second fastest 4x100-meter relay time of 40.64. In the long jump, freshman Lenyn Leonce took the title with his personal best and meet record jump of 24' 6.5". Michel followed in second place with the ninth best jump in UW history with a distance of 24' 2.25" and also took the title in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.69.
Junior Jeremiah James moved up the triple jump list with his personal best jump and second best all-time distance of 52' 10.25". He moves behind assistant coach and Wyoming Hall of Fame inductee Quincy Howe, who owns the record with a distance of 54' 4.75". For the throwers, sophomore Joe Plante and freshman Mark Sparks finished as the second and third collegiate in the discus with their respective tosses of 174' 1" and 167' 10".
For the women, freshman Taylor Gardner improved her time in the 400-meter hurdles with her first place time of 1:00.72. It was not only her personal record but a new meet record. The women's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Erica Anderson, freshman Erin Urbanoski, junior Afiya Walker and Gardner finished first with a time of 3:46.29 which was also good for eighth best all-time.
"I thought we had a good meet and we will be back down here next weekend before we head to the Mountain West Conference Championships," said Yentes.
The Fum McGraw Open will take place on Saturday, May 8.