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Freshman Ricky Faure won the 800 meters on Saturday to help the University of Wyoming men's team finish fifth in the final team standings at the 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Cowboys racked up 99 points, while the Cowgirls earned 52 points for eighth on the women's side.
"The men's 800 meters was a special race, going first, third and fourth," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Ricky ran a great race and has an amazing career ahead of him. To win a conference title as a freshman in an event as tough as the 800 is in our conference shows his potential. Overall as a team we didn't perform how we wanted. As the head coach, that's on me. It's my job to have this team ready to compete at conference."
Faure, a native of Rock Springs, Wyo., crossed the line first in 1:48.79, the fifth-fastest time ever at the MW meet, to earn Wyoming's first MW title in the outdoor 800 meters since Jeremiah Johnson in 2004. He also became the first Cowboy freshman to win a MW title since Jeremiah James in the long jump during the 2008 outdoor season. Wyoming would collect 21 points in the 800 meters, as graduate students Harry Fisher and Thomas Atkinson were right behind Faure in third at 1:49.16 and fourth at 1:49.97, respectively. Faure and Fisher also teamed with junior Lance Loken and freshman Kevin Blackett to help Wyoming's 4x400-meter relay finish fourth in 3:12.69, the seventh-fastest time in Cowboy history.
The Cowboys earned 15 teams points in the 110-meter hurdles. Sophomore Jordan Charles was third in 14.30, followed by senior Colin Herold in fourth at 14.32, senior Kyle Sullivan sixth in 14.50 and junior Scott Carter eighth in 14.93. Herold also placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.28, while Carter was sixth in the triple jump at 48-8 3/4. Herold, Charles, Blackett and senior Jason Roascio ran 41.82 in the 4x100-meter relay for fifth. Senior Paul Thomas was seventh in the shot put with a mark of 51-7 1/4, while freshman Clay Carlson finished the same in the 400 meters after running 49.06. Colorado State won the seven-team men's field with 187 points, followed by Air Force with 172 and New Mexico at 145.
The Cowgirls got runner-up finishes from sophomore Kerry White and senior Erin Kirby on Saturday. White ran 2:09.66 for second in the 800 meters, while Kirby crossed the line in 59.61 in the 400-meter hurdles. Kirby teamed with junior McKenzie Brogan, senior Audrey West and freshman Kim Robertson to place second in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:41.77, the eight-fastest time in Cowgirl history. Individually, Brogan placed eighth in the 400 meters in 56.01. Colorado State won the 11-team women's field with 167 points, while New Mexico was second at 133 and San Diego State was third with 116.
Wyoming now waits to see which Cowboys and Cowgirls will qualify for the NCAA West Preliminaries on May 28-30 in Austin, Texas. Student-athletes must finish in the top 48 of their respective event to qualify for the meet. Wyoming sent a school-record 15 qualifiers last season.