Harris Leads the Way for UW at Fum McGraw Open

May 8, 2010

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -

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The University of Wyoming track and field team had their last tune-up on Saturday at the Fum McGraw Open in Fort Collins, Colo., before heading to the Mountain West Conference Championships next week.

"It feels like we just started our outdoor season, putting two meets back to back with some really good results," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We are really improving and the times and distances keep getting better and better."

On the men's side had 19 top-five finishes with a true freshman leading the way with three on his own. Mario Harris placed second in the 100-meter dash, third in the 200-meter dash and was a part of the second place 4x100-meter relay team. Harris' time of 10.61 was good for seventh-best all-time while he would continue to one up himself on Saturday. His time in the 200-meter dash, 21.30, ties the second fastest time ever ran at Wyoming he also was a part of the 4x100-meter relay team that tied the school record in the event. The team of redshirt freshman Stephen Michel, senior Keith Brauneis, freshman Lenyn Leonce and Harris ran a time of 40.54 which ties a time that was ran in 2000.

Michel also finished first in the 100-meter dash with the sixth best time in UW history, 10.59. He also placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 47' 1.5".

The throwers had a very successful day as well, senior Sam Lambert led off for the `Pokes and was the first collegiate in the hammer throw with his personal best throw of 196' 6", Lambert also finished fourth in the shot put. Sophomore Joe Plante was the first collegiate in the discus throw along with freshman Mark Sparks finishing second. Plante had a massive throw of 188' 1" which leads the conference and was good for fourth best on the top-ten list as well as entering his name on the nation's top-25 list, currently tied for 14th.

"It was a huge breakthrough for Joe," said assistant coach Paul Barrett. "I am very happy with the way that the guys threw, with this being our last week before we head to conference."

For the women, they had 14 top-five finishes on Saturday with sophomore Chantel Bernabo finishing second in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Her time in the 100-meter dash, 12.08 was good for 10th all-time in Cowgirl history. Junior Afiya Walker also had a good day, finishing in first in the 200-meter dash with her personal best time of 24.39. Both Bernabo and Walker joined freshmen Erin Urbanoski and Taylor Gardner in the 4x100-meter relay to finish first with a time of 47 seconds flat.

Junior Amanda Aimone finished fifth in the discus throw with a toss of 148' 8" while freshman Maria Cress had the best collegiate throw in the javelin with a distance of 128' 7".

Up next for the Cowboys and Cowgirls will be the four day Mountain West Conference Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., May 12-15.