May 3, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Hoping for a momentum swing heading into next week's Mountain West Championships, the Wyoming track and field team continued to break school and personal records at the Cowpoke Open Friday afternoon in Laramie, Wyo.
"It was a great day for our team," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "We performed really well across the board. The throwers had some huge throws and our running events were well-represented. I'm really happy with today's results.
"We're on the right track. There's no more training to be done - we've done all we can to this point and we see that the kids are peaking. Most importantly they're excited, which is huge heading into conference."
In the women's 400-meter hurdles, junior Taylor Gardner won the event in 59.83 seconds, which is the fourth-best time for the event in school history as she moved ahead of teammate Diana Long for the spot. Her previous personal best was a 1:00.58 from the 2010 season, which was eighth all-time on the list. Long finished second on Friday in 1:00.24, a season-best mark for the event.
In the men's 200-meter dash, sophomore Jason Roascio earned a 21.43, which is the fourth best all-time mark for the event in UW history as he passed Robert Harris' mark of 21.49 from the 2003 season. His previous best was a 21.71, which was Wyoming's eighth best all-time mark.
The throwers represented the program well with sophomore Paul Thomas moving to No. 3 on the UW all-time discus list with a distance of 189'-10," a new personal best. The mark also takes the lead in the Mountain West and is ranked 17th in the nation. Joe Plante earned a personal record in the hammer with a throw of 201'-2," which is No. 9 on the UW list and ranked 44th in the country, to go along with a discus throw of 183'-9," ranked 26th in the nation.
Senior Mark Sparks achieved a personal-best 198'-6" in the hammer, just missing the Top 10 list by seven inches. On the women's side, Shreese Daniels earned a hammer throw of 185'-9," tied for No. 8 on the UW all-time list.
"The throwers had a big day with lots of personal records," said associate head coach Paul Barrett. "This meet was important for their confidence as they'll see great competition next week. Their hard work is paying off."
Competing unattached, junior Mason Finley hit a personal record in the discus at 205 feet, currently ranked No. 5 in the United States among both professional and collegiate athletes.
Wyoming competes next week at the MW Outdoor Track and Field Championships from May 8-11 in Las Vegas.