May 13, 2006
Laramie, Wyo. (March 12, 2006) - The University of Wyoming track and field teams finished up day three of the Mountain West Conference Championships at the Clarence F. Robison Track in Provo, Utah, on Friday. Both Senior Michelle Kvernmo and sophomore Philemon Tanui managed to earn All-MWC honors in their respective events.
The Cowboys had a very good day tallying team points throughout Friday's competition. Tanui was the highest finisher with his third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and a time of 9:16.00. In the same race, sophomore Shadrack Too and freshman Brett Schuler also helped the team score out by finishing seventh and eighth places in the event. Too finished in 9:34.96, while Schuler crossed the line in 9:36.72. Also scoring points for the Pokes on the track was senior Ragan Driver. He managed to finish seventh in the 10,000-meters with a time of 32:32.36.
The field events is where the Cowboys managed to score most of their team points on Friday. Freshman Brad Charters was the highest finisher when he place fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 176' 8". In the long jump, junior Blake Jackson's season best jump of 23' 4-1/2" proved good enough for fifth place. The rest of the Pokes' team points came in the high jump where they had three athletes finish in the top-eight. Junior Phillip Thomas finished in sixth place clearing a height of 6' 4-3/4", while junior Jared Grant cleared the same height, but in more attempts. Senior Tom Hall rounded out the top-eight when he cleared the bar at 6' 2-3/4".
Other Cowboys competing on friday that qualified for Saturday's finals were: Michael Arnwine- 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, Josh Barge- 110-meter hurdles, Damien Farmer- 400-meter hurdles, Terrence Fenton- 400-meters, Jeremiah Johnson- 800-meters.
For the Cowgirls, the only two point scorers on Friday were Kvernmo and junior Kate Burton. Kvernmo earned All-MWC honors for the second consecutive year in the 10,000-meters when she finished third with a personal best time of 38:04.20. This time also puts her fourth all-time in UW history in the event. Burton finished fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 186' 9".
One additional highlight for the Cowgirls came when sophomore Shaylee Babbitt qualified for NCAA Regionals in two weeks when she ran a personal best time of 13.86 in the 100-meter hurdles. This time was also the fastest time ran all day in the event. Other Cowgirls that qualified for Saturday's finals were: Latasha Rudolph- 100-meters, Adewunmi Abudu- 200-meters, Sharon Larrier- 400-meters, Ingvild Carstens- 400-meter hurdles.
"We had a pretty good meet today," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "Everyone really competed hard and I felt laid everything on the line. We hope to just continue on and have another good day Saturday."
Entering Saturday, the Cowboys are in fifth place of the six team field with 30 points, while the Cowgirls are in seventh place of nine teams with 11 points.
Competition will continue on Saturday with the field events starting at 10 am and the track events beginning at 11:30 am.
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