May 16, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas -
The University of Wyoming track and field teams garnered two individual titles during Day Three of the Mountain West Conference Championships as freshman Jeremiah James won the long jump and senior Kate Burton won the hammer throw under the hot sun Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.
James moved to fourth best all-time in Wyoming history with his leap of 24' 9 1/4". He was pushed by last year's champion, senior Jonathan Jackson of TCU who out-jumped James with two jumps left. James then set his personal best and took the title away from Jackson on his next jump. Sophomore John Alderson placed third for the second straight outdoor championships with a flight of 22' 10 1/2".
Burton, who was the champion in the indoor MWC Championships in the weight throw now adds the outdoor championship in the hammer throw to her resume. She also still owns the eighth best hammer throw in the nation.
Qualifying for Saturday's finals for the Cowgirls today was junior Shaylee Babbitt in the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Erica Anderson in the 400-meter dash with her personal best 57.26, and junior Nikki Peterson in the 800-meter run with her season best time of 2:17.45.
Also for the Cowgirls, freshman Alysha Davis started off the day with an 11th place finish in the 10,000-meter run and a time of 37:29.17, good for seventh best in UW history. Junior Courtney Gougler placed 11th in the shot put. The long jump was led by senior Jennifer Collen in 15th with a leap of 18' 5" and junior Lindsey Fuller in 17th with a jump of 17' 11 1/2".
Qualifying for the finals tomorrow for the Cowboys was senior Vashone West in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Junior Kekoa Chavez qualified in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.51, and sophomore Jay Petsch coming off his seventh place finish in the decathlon, failed to qualify for the finals in the 110-meter hurdles, but ran a season best time of 15.40.
Junior Geoffrey Standen ran his personal best time of 1:54.17 in the 800-meter run, crossing the tape in 12th place. Also, freshman Seth Grossman scored for the men in the 10,000-meter run, placing seventh with a time of 31:50.09. Finally for the Cowboys, junior Brett Schuler ran a solid race in the 3,000-meter steeple chase where he placed eighth in a time of 9:28.54.
"Our young kids performed very well today setting quite a few season bests' and giving them something to build on for next year," said head coach Don Yentes.
After day three of the MWC Championships the men's team sits in fifth place while the women are in seventh place. Tomorrow's action will bring finals in the rest of the track events beginning at noon with the 4 x 100-meter relay and the field events starting at 10 a.m.