May 26, 2006
Austin, Tex. - Five members of the University of Wyoming track and field teams competed in day one action at the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional in Austin, Tex., on Friday.
The top finisher for both squads was sophomore Mark Korir in the 5,000-meters. His time of 14:25.05 was good enough for sixth place, just one place away from a automatic bid to nationals. However, this sixth place finish will give him a good shot of still getting an at-large spot into nationals. Those at-large nominations will be announced next Tuesday. Senior Jeremiah Johnson finished 12th in the 800-meters with a time of 1:50.49. Unfortunately, this performance did not qualify for the tomorrow's finals, but the senior still has a shot of getting an at-large spot due to his fast times during the season. The last Cowboy competing on Friday was freshman Brad Charters in the hammer throw. He was unable to mark on any of his three throws.
Competing for the Cowgirls on Friday were sophomores Shaylee Babbitt and Sharon Larrier. Babbitt continued to improve her personal best time in the 100-meter hurdles when she crossed the line in 13.75. This time was good enough for 14th place in the event. Larrier's hopes of going to nationals for a second consecutive year faded as she finished 20th with a time of 55.28 in the 400-meters. Both Babbitt and Larrier were unable to qualify for Saturday's finals with these performances.
Competition will continue on Saturday as junior Blake Jackson (triple jump) and sophomore Philemon Tanui (3,000-meter steeplechase) compete for the Pokes, and Cowgirl Kate Burton will compete in the hammer throw.