Dec. 7, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Looking for a strong start to the 2012-13 season, the Wyoming track and field teams opened the year meeting expectations as they hosted the Power Meet Friday night at War Memorial Fieldhouse.
"I liked the team's spirit and we did a great job of cheering each other on," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "It was a typical first meet where we found some wrinkles that we need to iron out, but a lot of good things happened tonight, too, so we're pleased as a coaching staff."
Highlighting the meet was weight thrower Shreese Daniels, who moved to No. 4 on the all-time UW history list for the event with a personal-best distance of 64 feet, seven inches. She also hit a personal-best indoor shot put of 48 feet, two inches to move to No. 8 on the all-time UW history list for the event.
"We had a very nice opening meet with the majority of throwers hitting personal bests or right near their best ever," said throwing coach Paul Barrett. "Shreese stepped up big and made a move on the UW all-time lists towards her quest to qualify for the NCAA indoor championships. It was a great way to end the fall training period before a short Christmas break heading into the indoor season."
Freshman Kereston Thomas made a nice debut to her Cowgirl career by winning the 55-meter dash preliminaries (7.02) and finals round (6.98), topping Northern Colorado's second-place Amoni Ashby (7.18) by two-tenths of a second.
The Wyoming women's 4x400 relay squad of Candace Wollert, Natalie Hurst, Olivia Heaston and McKenzie Brogan finished the meet on a strong note for the Cowgirls by placing first in 4:02.51, four seconds ahead of the UNC `A' team.
Jenna Mann led the Cowgirls in the 55-meter hurdles with a first-place finish in the preliminaries (8.18) before placing third in the finals round with a time of 8.39. She also placed second in the high jump (1.54m) and third in the long jump (5.30m) on the night.
On the men's side, Brandon Douglas was equally impressive as he placed first in the 55-meter hurdles preliminaries at 7.52 seconds before placing first in the finals round at 7.46 seconds.
The teams take a few weeks off for Christmas break before returning to action Jan. 11 at the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.