May 28, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. -
The University of Wyoming track and field student-athletes finished up their run at the West Region NCAA Preliminary meet Saturday with some solid results competing against some of the top athletes in the nation.
The best finish of the day came from the women's 4-by-400-meter relay team of Erin Kirby, Lindsey Simmons, Candace Wollert and Afiya Walker. The foursome finished 19th overall with a time of 3 minutes, 43.31 seconds.
"The kids competed and gave it a good run," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said. "They did a nice job representing this university. It's a young group, and it was a tremendous learning experience. We don't often get a chance to compete against the best in the nation. There was no weak links in any event."
Christine Nelson, a freshman, finished 31st in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:51.47.
"She did a fine job and finished up a stellar freshman season," Yentes said.
Senior Taylor Kelting finished his Wyoming career with a 41st-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. He crossed the finish line with a time of 14:33.14.
"Taylor beat a few people in the 5,000 that he hadn't all year," Yentes said. "At this time last week, he wasn't even in the meet."
The event completed the 2010-11 season for the Cowboys and Cowgirls, and Yentes was pleased with the overall results.
"The kids did a nice job," he said. "I'm very proud of them."
The Wyoming track and field squads will be off for the summer, but the cross country season begins Sept. 2.