Cowboys and Cowgirls Look to Finish Strong at NCAA Regionals

May 29, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. -

The first day of competition at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet saw four University of Wyoming Cowgirls compete in the prelims fighting for an opportunity to run in the finals tomorrow.

Senior Shaylee Babbitt and junior Jennifer Schmitz ran in the 100-meter hurdles and unfortunately failed to qualify for the finals. Babbitt clipped the fourth hurdle which hindered her strong start and possible qualifying time. Babbitt ran a time of 14.28 and finished in 20th-place, while Schmitz ran a time of 14.23 and finished 19th.

"Shaylee has had a tremendous career as a Cowgirl and has really made a remarkable improvement since stepping foot on the University of Wyoming campus," said UW head coach Don Yentes.

Senior Sharon Larrier and sophomore Afiya Walker both ran in the 400-meter dash and like Babbitt and Schmitz were unable to produce a race that would qualify them to run tomorrow. Larrier ran a time of 54.69 while Walker had a time of 55.15 finishing them in 13th and 16th respectively.

Tomorrow will be the final day of competition as seniors Jake Shanklin and Sam Lambert will start off the day for the `Pokes in the hammer throw beginning at 10 a.m. (MT).