May 12, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
The University of Wyoming track and field programs finished up competition today at the 2007 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in San Diego, Calif. In the final team standings, the Cowboys were fifth with 85 points; while the Cowgirls came in eighth with 42 points.
The BYU men and women swept the team titles for the fourth straight season at the MWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Cougar men have now won eight straight outdoor championships, while the BYU women won their seventh MWC title in eight years.
On the men's side, the Cougars scored 214 points, followed by second-place Colorado State (166 points). Air Force finished third with 146 points, with TCU (fourth, 123 points), Wyoming (fifth, 88 points) and New Mexico (sixth, 75 points) rounding out the men's field.
For the women, BYU scored 195 points, TCU was second with 152 points, San Diego State was third with 128 points and Colorado State finished fourth with 119 points, while New Mexico finished fifth (68 points), Utah finished sixth with 49.50 points, Air Force finished seventh with 47.50 points, Wyoming finished eighth with 42 points and UNLV finished ninth with 18 points.
The highlight of the day for Wyoming came with junior sprinter Shaylee Babbitt's All-Conference performance (top-three finish) in the 100-meter hurdles. Babbitt finished the meet in third place, running a time of 13.96, and she is now a back-to-back All-MWC honoree.
For the Cowboys, senior Philemon Tanui finished the 1,500-meter run in sixth place with a time of 3:52.05. Tanui was followed by junior Michael Huntington, who finished 11th with a time of 3:57.92. The men's 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of seniors Adam Kelly and Dwight Neptune, sophomore Damien Farmer and freshman Keith Brauneis finished in sixth place with a time of 42.48. Senior hurdler Josh Barge, who was hampered with an ankle injury, finished the 110-meter hurdle event in sixth place with a time of 14.94 seconds.
Senior sprinter Dwight Neptune finished the 100-meter dash in seventh place with a time of 10.99 seconds, while senior distance runner, Nick Cramer, finished in fourth place of the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.83. Cramer was leading the race coming down the final stretch, but was tripped coming out of the final turn. In the 5,000-meter run, junior Mark Korir placed fourth with a time of 14:23.46, while sophomore thrower Brad Charters finished the shot put event in ninth place with a distance of 45'-1.75".
Senior triple jumper Blake Jackson finished his tenure as a Cowboy with All-MWC honors in second place after jumping a distance of 49'-7.25". Jackson was followed by redshirt freshman John Alderson, who finished in third place with a distance of 47'-5.25". Both Jackson and Alderson regionally qualified earlier this season. Alderson's performance today in the triple jump earned him his second All-MWC honor of this weekend's championships.
"We had some good performances, but as a whole, we just didn't get it done the way we had hoped," said Wyoming head coach Don Yentes.
Kicking things off for the Cowgirls was the 4x100-meter relay team who finished in fourth place with a time of 46.55. The team included seniors Amanda Hopper and LaTasha Rudolph, as well as juniors Shaylee Babbitt and Maricel DaCosta. In the 400-meter dash, junior Sharon Larrier finished in sixth place with a time of 54.24; while junior Amanda Hopper finished in eighth place with a time of 55.34.
Freshman distance runner Brenna Dooley finished the 800-meter run in seventh place with a time of 2:12.43. Dooley was eighth at the 2007 MWC Indoor Championships in the same event. In the discus event, junior Courtney Gougler finished the day in fourth place, throwing a distance of 158'-0.00", while senior Shannon Popp, who won the hammer throw on Friday, finished the discus event in sixth place with a distance of 135'-4.00". The 4x400-meter relay team finished the day in fourth place with a time of 3:40.48. The team consisted of Larrier, Hopper, Adriana Friezen and Maricel DaCosta.
"If it could go wrong, it went wrong this weekend," said Yentes. "We just didn't perform as well as we could have.
"We left a lot of points on the table in the last two days, and you just can't have that," said Yentes.
TCU's Delwayne Delaney was honored as the men's high point award winner (22.50 points), BYU's Niklas Arrhenius earned the Outstanding Performance Award, breaking the MWC Championship record in the discus throw with a mark of 203'-2.00" (61.92m), TCU's Dell Guy was awarded the Freshman of the Year award and Cougars' head coach Mark Robison was named men's Coach of the Year.
Colorado State's Emily Pearson earned the women's High Point Award (24.50 points) and UNLV's Charlotte Browning was named Freshman of the Year, while BYU's Whitney McDonald garnered the Outstanding Performance Award accolades with her MWC meet record time of 16:00.16 in the 5,000-meter run. BYU's Craig Poole was named women's Coach of the Year.
Next, several top athletes from the UW track and field program will travel to Ames, Iowa for the 2007 NCAA Midwest Regional meet, May 25-26.
Women - Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored=============================================================================== 1) BYU 195 2) TCU 152 3) San Diego St. 128 4) Colorado St. 119 5) New Mexico 68 6) Utah 49.50 7) Air Force 47.50 8) Wyoming 42 9) UNLV 18
Men - Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored=============================================================================== 1) BYU 214 2) Colorado St. 166 3) Air Force 146 4) TCU 123 5) Wyoming 88 6) New Mexico 75