Wyoming Track Opens Season With Solid Performance

Dec. 4, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming track and field program started the indoor season in record-setting fashion in Laramie this weekend.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls hosted Northern Colorado and Colorado State-Pueblo in the Wyoming Power Meet in the War Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday. The men's and women's team combined to win 17 events, and two new UW school marks were established during the meet by Tyler Skinner (high jump) and Ashley Hutchinson (20-pound weight throw).

Skinner's mark of 6 feet, 10 ¼ inches put him at No. 7 all-time on the high jump list, while Hutchinson's toss of 61 feet, 10 ½ inches in the weight throw was good for No. 9 on the weight throw list. Both took first place in those events, and Hutchinson added a win in the shot put event.

"To be truthful, the first meet of the year, I didn't know what to expect," Yentes said. "We had some very nice performances - Tyler Skinner in the high jump, Ashley Hutchinson in the weight throw. For the first meet of the year, that bodes well for those kids."

There were other standout performances for both teams. Erin Urbanoski and Audrey West were 1-2 in the long jump, and Britney Jackson and Ku'uipo Nakoa finished first and second in the high jump, respectively. Candace Wollert won the 400-meter run (58.97) and Diana Long won the 200-meter dash, with a time of 26.45 seconds. Katy Hall added a win in the 55-meter hurdles, blazing to a time of 8.14 seconds.

The Cowboys were bolstered by some young guns and some veterans. Mario Harris won the 55-meter dash in 6.37 seconds, and two freshmen took home victories as Caleb Her Many Horses won the 548-meter run and Alex Walker took the 200-meter dash title. Yentes also highlighted the contributions of Jacob Edwards, a freshman. He won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.66 seconds and was third in the triple jump (46-0 ¾).

Mark Sparks won the weight throw with a toss of 61-11 ½ and was second in the shot put. Joe Plante was second in the weight throw, and Dalton Sybrant hit 53-6 ½ in the weight throw, good for fourth. Joe Riccio had a big breakthrough performance and win in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 55-3 ¾.

"The men's throw group stepped up and competed really well and battled in the 35-pound weight throw, with three of the four setting personal records and one just missing his," UW throws coach Paul Barrett said.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls won't compete again until Jan. 21, when they'll head to the Colorado Multi Meet in Boulder, Colo.

"They did some nice things," Yentes said of his student-athletes. "Absolutely, there's a lot of work to be done. Now we have a little break of seven weeks or so, which is kind of unusual. This kind of gave us an idea of where we are and what we need to do in our training over the next five, six weeks to get ready for the next performance."