May 13, 2006
PROVO, Utah -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams completed competition at the 2006 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships in Provo, Utah, on Saturday. Sophomore Mark Korir grabbed the MWC title in the 5,000-meters, while seniors Jeremiah Johnson and Brian Knight earned All-MWC honors (top three) in their respective events. For the Cowgirls, sophomore Shaylee Babbitt managed to earn all conference honors in the 100-meter hurdles.
On the men's side, BYU took home the team title with 248 points. Colorado State (178), TCU (143), Air Force (96), New Mexico (79), and Wyoming (69) rounded out the rest of the field.
There were a lot of Cowboys who contributed to the team score on Saturday. Korir was the highlight of the day with his MWC title in the 5,000-meters. His personal best time of 14:19.48 was not only good for the win, but also qualifies him for the NCAA Regional meet in two weeks. Senior Brian Knight ended his career as a Cowboy by earning All-MWC honors in the same race. He managed to finish third with a personal best time of 14:57.30. Senior Jeremiah Johnson earned All-MWC honors for the third time in his career on Saturday when he finished third in the 800-meters. He gave a late push at the lead pack, but just came up a little short crossing the line in 1:49.68.
In the sprints and hurdles, senior Josh Barge finish in sixth place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.64. In the 400-meter hurdles, freshman Damien Farmer added team points with a seventh place time of 53.25, while sophomore Michael Arnwine followed closely with an eighth place time of 54.38. Freshman Terrence Fenton was also a point contributor with a eight place finish in the 400-meters and a time of 48.60.
Johnson, Arnwine, and Fenton then joined up with senior Jermaine Kelly in the 4x400-meter relay. The team finished in fourth place with a time of 3:12.61. Senior Brian Sinner was the lone point contributor in the field events as he finished in eighth place with a jump of 46' 8". Junior Blake Jackson, who was a favorite in the event, was forced to scratch due to an injury.
The BYU women also took home the team title with 183 points, just ahead of Colorado State with 150 points. TCU (144), San Diego State (121), New Mexico (67), Utah (65), Wyoming (43), Air Force (29), and UNLV (16) completed the rest of the field.
Babbitt earned her All-MWC conference honors when she improved her personal best time from Friday of 13.86, and ran a time of 13.85 to finish second in the 100-meter hurdles. This time also improves her fourth fastest time in UW history. Junior LaTasha Rudolph finished sixth in the 100-meters when she ran a season best time of 11.94, while senior Adewunmi Abudu also finished in sixth position in the 200-meters with a personal best time of 24.38.
Sophomore Gretchen Fagley contributed points with her seventh place time of 18:00.09 in the 5,000-meters. In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Ingvild Carstens' time of 1:02.35 proved to be good enough for eighth place. Carstens and Abudu then teamed up with junior Aniis Hopkins, and sophomore Maricel DaCosta, to take fourth place in the 4x400-meter relay. They ran a season best time of 3:46.70 that puts them fifth all-time in Cowgirl history. One side note, sophomore Sharon Larrier was unable to run in the 400-meter finals and 4x400-meter relay due to an injury sustained in the 4x100-meter relay.
Sophomore Ashley Shriver and senior Marji Bovey managed to contribute team points in the field events for the Cowgirls on Saturday. Shriver jumped a career best distance of 38' 1/2" in the triple jump to finish in fifth place, while Bovey finished the shot put in seventh place with a toss of 43' 6-1/2".
"With the young team that we have, I thought we had a pretty good meet," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "All of them gave everything they had and as a result they had a lot of career best times/marks."
This meet concludes the outdoor track season for most of the Wyoming track athletes. However, eight athletes will compete in compete at the 2006 Midwest Regional in Austin, Tex, on May 26-27. These athletes are Shaylee Babbitt (100-meter hurdles), Sharon Larrier (400-meters), Kate Burton (hammer throw), Brad Charters (hammer throw), Blake Jackson (triple jump), Jeremiah Johnson (800-meters), Mark Korir (5,000-meters), and Philemon Tanui (3,000-meter steeplechase).