UW Finishes Day One At NCAA West Prelims

May 24, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas - It was a trying day for the University of Wyoming track and field program at the NCAA West Preliminary round Thursday. Eight student-athletes competed on a warm, humid day in Austin with mixed results.

Junior Henry Ferreira was 27th in the javelin throw, hitting 198 feet, 6 inches, after coming into the competition ranked 48th. He had the best finish of any javelin thrower from the Mountain West Conference.

"It is unfortunate that he has had an arm injury the past month that has not allowed him to train the throws at all," Wyoming throws coach Paul Barrett said of Ferreira. "To step up and throw 198-6 with almost no training is very impressive. Hopefully next year, his arm will be cleared up and he should have a great shot at making it through to the NCAA finals."

In the shot put, junior Mollie Dahl was 43rd (45 feet, 3.75 inches); while freshman Shreese Daniels was 44th with a toss of 45-1.75. The duo was ranked 46th and 48th in the event prior to the competition.

"Mollie and Shreese were a bit off today, but both gained great experience for the meet next year and finished higher than they were ranked coming in," Barrett said. "They had tremendous seasons, both improving nearly 4 feet on their personal bests from the year prior."

They finished the 2012 season with the No. 5 and 6 all-time shot put performances in Wyoming history. Daniels also set the all-time Wyoming freshman records in the shot put, hammer throw, and 20-pound weight throw events during the 2012 season.

Sophomore Erin Kirby was 44th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.21, while sophomore Candace Wollert was 39th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.06.

Junior Lenyn Leonce scratched on his three attempts and finished with no distance in the long jump.

In the nightcap, seniors Nick Ekel and Greg Miller competed in the 10,000-meter run. UW distance coach Randy Cole said the Texas humidity caused some slow times. Ekel took the lead for the first three miles, but couldn't hold it. Official times and places were not available Thursday night.

"Nick and Greg got in there and gave it a good go," Cole said. "Those two guys have had some really bright moments for us in their career here. I'm really proud of them and what they've done."

The competition continues Friday for Wyoming as senior Jeremiah James takes part in the triple jump and sophomore Garrett Zans runs in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.