May 16, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men sit second in the team race after Friday's events at the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to individual titles from seniors Garrett Zans and Mason Finley in the steeplechase and discus, respectively. The Cowgirls are sixth at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex, but qualified several individuals for Saturday's finals.
"When we looked at the meet on paper ahead of time, we figured both teams would be in this position after Friday," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Friday is all about giving yourself a chance and I felt like we had a good enough day today that now we can have a special day tomorrow. Both teams are in position to earn a top-three finish tomorrow. For the most part, the kids brought their `A' game today. We have a lot of people, especially on the women's side, coming back in finals tomorrow."
Finley notched a throw of 202-11 in the discus for the second-best mark in MW Championship history, as a Cowboy won the event for the second time in the last three seasons. Junior Paul Thomas was right behind him with a throw of 179-9 to give Wyoming 18 team points in the event en route to 52 total points. Zans started the day strong for the Pokes with a time of 8:56.61 in the steeplechase to become the second Cowboy ever to win the event at a conference meet. Sophomore Tyler Anderson and junior Aaron Derner added three team points apiece with sixth-place finishes. Anderson threw 194-10 in the hammer and Derner finished the 10,000 meters in 30:01.47.
In preliminary action, graduate student Harry Fisher posted the top finish in the 800 meters at 1:50.87, while freshman Jordan Charles ran a personal-best 10.59 in the 100 meters for eighth in UW history and a 14.19 in the 110-meter hurdles. He qualified for Saturday's final in both events. Colorado State leads the men's race with 58 points, while New Mexico rounds out the top three at 45 points.
Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano was the top performance of the day for the Cowgirls with a runner-up finish in the steeplechase at 10:28.35. Junior Shreese Daniels hurled a personal-best 190-6 in the hammer for seventh place, as the mark moved her up to seventh in UW history in the event. Junior Holly Page crossed the line fourth in the 10,000 meters in 36:12.04 to round out UW's 21 points on the day.
Sophomore Kereston Thomas and senior Audrey West both advanced to Saturday's final in the 100 and 200 meters. Thomas tied a personal-best in the 200 meters at 23.85 and had the top time Friday, while West was fourth in 24.26. Freshman Cassidy Meade notched the second-fastest time in the 800 meters at 2:13.58 to advance, while seniors Jenna Mann and Katy Hall are in Saturday's final of the 100-meter hurdles. Hall ran a personal-best 14.08 in Friday's prelims. Fellow senior Taylor Gardner notched the fastest 400-meter hurdles time in 1:00.32. San Diego State leads the women's race with 68.5 points followed by Colorado State with 52 and Boise State with 32.5.
Saturday's final day commences with field and track events at noon MT, while the awards ceremony will occur at 4 p.m. MT.