Dec. 5, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
There were strong performances from top to bottom as the University of Wyoming men's and women's track teams came away with two wins against Colorado State at the Wyoming Power Meet, Saturday at the War Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Cowboys ended the day with a total of 59 points while their counterparts had only 33. As for the women, they scored a total of 62 points while the CSU women only scored 29. The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined to win 11 of the 22 events performed on Saturday.
The men were led by junior Jeremiah James who provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump and triple jump. James won both events and dazzled the crowd with his personal best long jump of 24' 11.25" and personal best triple jump of 51' 0.25", both of which are fifth all-time in Wyoming history.
"All the jumpers had breakout performances today, new personal records were attained across the board and our freshman did well in their first collegiate meet," said assistant coach Quincy Howe. "Jeremiah had an exceptional day today and we look forward to him continuing his success the entire year."
The jumpers highlighted the meet with the first five men in the long jump coming from Wyoming with redshirt-freshman Stephen Michel coming in second. The women's long jump had two freshmen leading the way with Erin Urbanoski and Hannah Romsa finishing second and third with their leaps of 18' 7.75" and 17' 6.75" respectively. In the triple jump, Michel once again finished behind James with a jump of 48' 11.5". The women's high jump had two Cowgirls battling it out for first and second bending over the bar at a matching height of 5' 7". Junior Britney Jackson, had her personal best and out jumped senior Johnna Jeffries by one attempt for first place. For the men, two freshmen took to the field with Tyler Skinner coming away with the championship at a height of 6' 6.75".
"Jeremiah was a big stand-out today and with his performance today, it will put him in the forefront of the national scene," said head coach Don Yentes.
The throw crew was not far behind with returning conference champion Amanda Aimone finishing in second behind an unattached Kate Burton with her best throw in the 20lb weight throw landing 57' 2.25" from the ring. She was followed by junior Ashley Hutchinson with her third-place finish. For the men, junior Alan John and sophomore Joe Plante had solid performances in the 35lb weight throw with their second and third-place finishes respectively.
As for the shot put, the Cowgirls put Hutchinson in the mix and she performed well, finishing second with a toss of 45' 1.5". The men saw Plante finish fourth and freshman Mark Sparks finish sixth with their respective throws of 49' 8.25" and 47' 11.25".
The sprinters had quite a few new faces running for the Brown and Gold and saw some very good things. Freshmen Cowgirls, Taylor Gardner and Olivia Heaston won the 400 and 200-meter dashes with times of 1:00.29 and 26.52 respectively. While Katy Hall added to the freshman success with her second-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles.
"We have a lot of good athletes that will make an impact right away and it was nice to see them get in there and have some things happen," said Yentes.
On the men's side, senior Keith Brauneis edged out Josh Murphy of CSU in the 200-meter dash by one hundredth of a second. While the 4x400-meter relay team saw a very gutsy performance from the team of Ken Lane, Kekoa Chavez, Mark Flegel and Andy McKen to fend off the late strides of Nigel Joseph of CSU, to win by three hundredth of a second.
"This is one of our best starts in a couple years and I just hope we can continue to keep our training over the break," said Yentes. "I am very happy with all of our performances today and am excited to see the progression of this team."
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will wait until January 22, 2010 to compete in the Potts Invitational in Boulder, Colo.