Wyoming's Popp Wins Hammer Throw at the MWC Championships

May 11, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

Complete Results

The University of Wyoming track and field programs are in San Diego, Calif. through Saturday for the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships. After Friday's performances, Wyoming had five All-MWC (top-three in their event) finishers in senior Philemon Tanui, redshirt freshman John Alderson, junior Jacob Shanklin, sophomore Brad Charters and senior Shannon Popp.

With only seven events scored, BYU leads the men's standings with 69 points. The Cowboys are in fourth place with 50 points, behind Air Force (58) and Colorado State (57).

The women's team competition has scored eight events and BYU also leads that field with 101 points. Colorado State (64) is a distant second place, and the Cowgirls have struggled to score points, as they are in seventh place with a total of 12.

The highlight of the day for UW came with Popp's throw in the hammer event. Popp became the 2007 MWC Champion as she recorded a first place mark of 193'-9.00".

Other results of note for the Cowgirls included freshman high jumper Johnna Jeffries, who finished the day in a tie for tenth place with a height of 5'-3.00". In the women's 100-meter hurdle preliminaries, junior Shaylee Babbitt finished in fourth place overall with a time of 13.92. Senior Amanda Hopper (55.37) and junior Sharon Larrier (55.03) both finished in the top-ten of the women's 400-meter dash prelims as Hopper came in seventh, while Larrier finished in sixth place.

Freshman distance runner Brenna Dooley qualified for tomorrow's 800-meter run finals as she finished the preliminary race with a time of 2:10.58 seconds. Dooley was followed by junior Nikki Peterson, who finished tenth with a time of 2:11.93.

"As far as the women are concerned, we had some great performances today, but the conference has consistently gotten better each year and they have to realize that they have to work harder and get better," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes.

For the Cowboys, senior distance runner Tanui finished his career at UW with All-MWC honors in the men's steeplechase with his third place finish, running a time of 9:00.66. He was followed by sophomores Shadrack Too (9:25.54) and Brett Schuler (9:28.93), who finished ninth and tenth in steeplechase respectively.

Cowboy hammer thrower Shanklin, completed his competition with a second place finish as he threw a distance of 196'-9.00". He was followed by Charters, who finished third with a distance of 191'-6.00". In the 110-meter hurdle preliminaries, senior Josh Barge led the way with a fifth place time of 14.79; while junior Jake Morrison (15.53) and freshman Jay Petsch (15.60) finished in tenth and 11th place.

In the long jump event, UW redshirt freshman Alderson earned All-MWC for his third place performance, jumping a distance of 23'-1.25". He was followed by senior Blake Jackson, who ended up sixth with a distance of 22'-9.00". Senior sprinter, Dwight Neptune, qualified for the Saturday's finals in the 100-meter dash as he sits in sixth place overall with a time of 10.77. In the high jump event, seniors Phillip Thomas and Jared Grant finished the MWC Championships in fourth and sixth place respectively. Both Thomas and Grant jumped a height of 6'-6.75". In the 400-meter hurdle preliminaries, junior Jake Morrison qualified for tomorrow's finals by placing eighth with a time of 54.81 seconds.

"We had some positive things happen for the men, but we just didn't get it done in some aspects," said Yentes. "Tomorrow is going to be a test for the men too, but we just have to focus and keep working hard."

Tomorrow's competition will begin at 12 p.m. with the men's discus. The last event of the 2007 MWC Championships will take place at 4:05 p.m. with the finals of the women's 4x400-meter relay.

                    Women - Team Rankings - 8 Events Scored===============================================================================    1) BYU                        101        2) Colorado St.               64    3) San Diego St.               45        4) New Mexico                 40    5) Utah                        21.50     6) TCU                        14    7) Wyoming                     12        8) Air Force                  11.50    9) UNLV                         3

Men - Team Rankings - 7 Events Scored=============================================================================== 1) BYU 69 2) Air Force 58 3) Colorado St. 57 4) Wyoming 50 5) New Mexico 19 5) TCU 19