May 30, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb. -
The University of Wyoming track and field team has punched one ticket to the NCAA Championships in senior Kate Burton with her second place finish in the hammer throw during day one of the NCAA Regional Meet, Friday, May 30th in Lincoln, Neb.
Kate's tenacious second throw of 202' 8", was good for second place and an automatic berth in this year's NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 11th through the 14th. Burton also competed in the discus where she and teammate Courtney Gougler would take to the field. Kate finished 15th with a toss of 155' 6", while Gougler placed 24th with her toss of 140' 6".
"Kate (Burton) really came through with a clutch performance," said UW assistant coach Paul Barrett. "She is a great competitor and is going to be tough to replace. I really look forward to her competing in Des Moines."
Other Cowgirls in action were senior Gretchen Johnson and junior Shaylee Babbitt. Johnson ran in the 5,000-meter run where she placed eighth with her time of 17:22.37, just missing qualifying for the NCAA Championships. As for Babbitt, she ran a 14.07 in the 100-meter hurdles, good for 20th best in the region.
"Gretchen (Johnson) seemed to struggle a little towards the end of the race, but was in with the mix most of the time," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "Shaylee just didn't have her best stuff today and failed to qualify for the finals tomorrow."
The Cowboys sent Jeremiah James to the runway to compete in the long jump where he made the finals and finished in eighth place. His best jump of 24' 7" was four inches from fifth place and qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
"Jeremiah (James) had a great freshman performance today, competing on a less than perfect ankle," said Yentes. "If we can keep him healthy look for him to be competing here again next year."
Senior Vashone West was the final Cowboy to compete today as he ran in the very fast 100-meter dash. Vashone ran a time of 10.74, good for a 20th place finish. The leader after day one was Gerald Phiri of Texas A&M with a time of 10.32.
"Alan (John) is currently ranked 16th in a very tight field and is throwing very well right now, if he comes out tomorrow and throws to his ability he has a good chance of making it to the NCAA Championships," said Barrett.
Live results are available online HERE, with John competing at 1 p.m. and Alderson jumping at 5 p.m.