May 25, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Senior Jeremiah James and sophomore Garrett Zans finished Day Two of the NCAA West Preliminary round Friday as the only two University of Wyoming track and field student-athletes to compete.
James, a 2010 NCAA Nationals qualifier, finished 32nd in the triple jump with a mark of 48 feet, 10 inches. James finished his career as one of the most accomplished jumpers in UW history, holding five marks in UW's top-10 all-time list. He also won eight conference titles in triple and long jump in both indoor and outdoor track.
Zans crossed the line in 31st place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:17.05. Zans finished 23rd last year in the same race.
"They gave steady efforts," Wyoming assistant coach Randy Cole said of James and Zans. "Jerry couldn't get on track to get a good leap in and Garrett was tense in his race, but was in good position. We're disappointed in (the finishes), but they went out and competed. This is a great level of competition and great experience for all our athletes."
The NCAA West Preliminaries conclude Saturday with four UW tracksters set to compete. Junior Joe Plante and freshman Paul Thomas will take part in the men's discus throw, while senior Ashley Hutchinson will be in the women's hammer throw. Senior Taylor Kelting will race in the men's 5,000-meter run.