May 28, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -
The Outdoor NCAA West Region Meet has taken a toll on the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field team with four individuals bowing out in the second day of action in Austin, Texas.
For the Cowboys, they had one senior and one freshman take to the track while another senior saw action in the field. Senior Kekoa Chavez ran a 51.89 in the 400-meter hurdles and finished 20th out of 24 competitors on Friday, missing the finals and a shot at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Freshman Mario Harris had two opportunities to make the trip to Oregon, in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. On Friday he struggled out of the blocks in the 200, but finished strong to end in 33rd place with his time of 21.51. The lone Cowboy in the field events on Friday was senior Sam Lambert in the hammer throw, who finished in 27th with his toss of 188' 8".
"Kekoa ran his third best time in his life and finished seventh in his heat and unfortunately that's not enough to make it to the next level here," said head coach Don Yentes. "Both Kekoa and Sam had great careers here at UW, we will miss them dearly next season. Fortunately we have freshman stepping up and impacting our team currently and hopefully can improve throughout their careers."
On the women's side, junior Afiya Walker was the lone Cowgirl on the track on Friday and finished her 2010 campaign in 18th place with her time of 54.37 in the 400-meter dash. Walker, who currently owns the second fastest time in Cowgirl history was one of the most consistent runners for the women's team this season. She will anchor a very young and talented squad next season.
"Unfortunately for Afiya she did not get out well and that is everything in a 400-meter race," said Yentes.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will have all of their athletes in the field on Saturday with sophomore Joe Plante and freshman Mark Sparks competing in the discus throw, while junior Jeremiah James and freshman Stephen Michel will compete in the triple jump. The Cowgirls will send senior Johnna Jeffries to the high jump pit where she will fight for a spot in Oregon.