May 29, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -
In the final day of the Outdoor NCAA West Region Preliminary meet, the University of Wyoming track and field team qualified one individual to go to Eugene, Ore., in two weeks to compete for a National Championship.
Junior Jeremiah James entered the preliminary meet with the seventh best triple jump in the West Region and ended up taking the 12th and final spot to the NCAA Championships in Oregon from June 9-12.
"We are thrilled to get at least one person to move on," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "He hung tough, but had a couple jumps where he drug his foot that probably would have put him a little higher but we are very happy to have him move on."
Freshman Stephen Michel joined James on the triple jump runway and finished in 24th place with his season best jump of 50' 0.5".
In the throwing ring, the Cowboys sent sophomore Joe Plante and freshman Mark Sparks to compete in the discus throw. In the high 90 degree weather, Plante was able to get one throw in the sector reaching a distance of 169' 9", good for 22nd place while Sparks was unable to get a throw in bounds.
"It was a tough day for our guys out there in a very long event," said assistant coach Paul Barrett.
Senior Johnna Jeffries was also unable to move on as she finished in a tie for 28th place crossing the bar at 5' 6.5". The winning height was 5' 11.25" that was met by six individuals.
James will travel to Eugene, Ore., from June 9-12 to compete in the triple jump for the Cowboys.