Dec. 2, 2011
There was plenty of excitement Friday night in the War Memorial Fieldhouse for the 2011 Wyoming Power Meet. The Wyoming track teams made sure of that.
Wyoming hosted Northern Colorado in the event, and both the Cowboys and Cowgirls earned some quality marks and times.
Perhaps the most anticipated race of the night was the women's 4-by-400-meter relay, in which Wyoming's contingent attempted to break the Fieldhouse record. The foursome came up just short of the current record, which was a time of 3:53.84, set in 2006.
"On the whole, we did very well," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said. "We didn't slow anything down (in terms of training), so I think we did pretty good. We had some breakthroughs and had a couple kids run some (personal records)."
Other highlights of the meet included senior Ashley Hutchinson, who was first overall in the women's weight throw with a personal-best toss of 63-9 ¾. That mark is sixth on UW's all-time list. Freshman Shreese Daniels had a stellar first meet as a collegiate athlete, hitting a mark of 59-1 ¼ in the weight throw. Daniels' mark was a UW freshman record.
Hutchinson also won the shot put for the women, hitting a mark of 47-8. Daniels also was second in that event with a distance of 46-8 ¾.
Sophomore Ku'uipo Nakoa was fourth in the women's long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 7 ¼ inches.
Senior Joe Plante set a personal-best mark and won the men's weight throw with a toss of 64-2 ¼, while junior Mark Sparks was second, 58-3 ¼. Sophomore Dalton Sybrant was second in the shot put, 48-2 ½.
Sophomore Jenna Mann was second in the 55-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 8.32 seconds. Nakoa was right behind her in third, 8.38 seconds.
Junior Mark Flegel was second in the 55-meter hurdles for the men, with a time of 7.75 seconds, and junior Ken Lane was second in the 600-yard run with a time of 1:17.11. Junior Jaymes Talkington won the men's long jump with a jump of 21-11 ½.
"Our hurdlers did a nice job, our throwers did a nice job, that women's 4-by-4 was the second-fastest time in here in 25 years," Yentes added. "A few guys jumped pretty well. It was a nice little performance. We're using these meets to train, to see where we're at, and I'm pleased with where we're at."
The Wyoming track teams will compete in the Blue & Silver Open in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Dec. 9.