May 15, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
At the conclusion of the 2010 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the University of Wyoming men found themselves in fifth place with a total of 96 points while the Cowgirls finished ninth with a total of 28.5 points.
The BYU men won their 11th consecutive team title with at total of 211 points while their counterparts won the women's side as well with a total of 204 points for their ninth team title.
It was a roller-coaster afternoon for the Cowboys as they saw great things happen and unfortunate mistakes with plenty of points left on the table.
Cowboy senior Kekoa Chavez surprised the whole conference with an individual title by running his personal best and second fastest UW all-time 400-meter hurdle race. Chavez's time of 50.74 was two seconds faster than his fastest time which put him atop the conference podium. It was the first time since Seth Billy in 2002 that a Wyoming Cowboy won the event.
Freshman Mario Harris continued to move up the UW all-time list and there is nowhere higher for him to go in the 200-meter dash. He set the school record in the event with his time of 20.98 and finished third on Saturday, earning him all-conference honors.
Redshirt freshman Stephen Michel also earned all-conference honors finishing third in the triple jump with a distance of 49' 9.75". While teammate Jeremiah James struggled and failed to win either the long jump or triple jump for the first time in his career, ending up fouling out in the triple jump. Freshman Brandon Douglass finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with the seventh fastest time in UW history, 14.75.
"We left too many points out on the field today and that really hurt us today," said head coach Don Yentes. "The day was full of ups and downs and highs and lows, but I am very proud of the way that we kept our heads up and finished the day out strong in some events. This team has an opportunity to do some very special things in the very near future."
On the women's side, junior Afiya Walker failed to win both the indoor and outdoor 400-meter dashes as she was beat out by Kristal Juarez of TCU by two one hundredths of a second. Walker's time of 52.93 was good for second best in Cowgirl history. Freshman Taylor Gardner earned all-conference accolades by finishing third in the 400-meter hurdles with her personal best time of 1:00.58, good for sixth best all-time.
"We are continuing to improve and I really look forward to taking the individuals to the nationals in two weeks," said Yentes.
The Wyoming men and women that finish in the top-48 in their respective events will travel to Austin, Tex., to compete in the West Region Preliminary Meet on May 27-29.