Strong Showing in Breezy Albuquerque for UW Track and Field

May 14, 2010


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The University of Wyoming track and field team competed on Friday in the third day of the Mountain West Conference Championships on a breezy afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Cowboys currently have 58 points and sit in second place while BYU leads with 94. While the Cowgirls are in ninth, trailing CSU who has 67 points after the third day of action.

On the field on Friday, the Cowboys came away with one title and five top-three finishes. The story of the day came on the long jump runway where for the first time in his career, junior Jeremiah James was knocked off the title stand by his teammate, freshman Lenyn Leonce. Leonce soared his personal best, 24' 10.5" winning his first ever long jump title with the fourth best long jump in Cowboy history. James on the other hand came in second flying 24' 6.25" and a second place finish.Senior Sam Lambert finished third in the hammer throw with a distance of 191' 2" in his last outdoor championships of his career. Along with Lambert, sophomore Joe Plante came in third in the discus throw for the second year in a row. Freshman Tyler Skinner also finished third in the high jump crossing the bar at 6' 7".

"Our men fought extremely hard and I'm proud of the way they are competing, I just don't know if we have enough bullets left for tomorrow," said UW head coach Don Yentes.

On the track, the men had four guys qualify in five events for the final day of the MWC Championships. Freshman Mario Harris qualified in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in fourth and third respectively. In the 100-meter dash he ran a time of 10.49 which is good for third all-time at UW. Redshirt freshman Stephen Michel joins Harris in the 100-meter dash while freshman Brandon Douglass finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles qualifying for the finals. Senior Kekoa Chavez was the last to qualify in the 400-meter hurdles with his time of 53.31, entering Saturday's action in seventh.

On the women's side, they had four qualify for the finals, two in the 400-meter hurdles, one in the 100-meter dash and one in the 400-meter dash. Freshman Taylor Gardner and senior Andrea Frary qualified in the 400 hurdles while sophomore Chantel Bernabo ran the ninth fastest 100-meter dash time in Cowgirl history, 11.95. Junior Afiya Walker continued her dominance in the 400-meter dash, qualifying first with a time of 54.49.

"The women are very young but they have the ability and now they just have to figure out how to compete, and there is a difference," said Yentes. "Taylor is still learning the proper technique in the 400-hurdles and when she gets it down in a few years, she will be very good."

The final day will begin at noon with the men's pole vault and the women's 4x100-meter relay.