UW Track & Field Begins Season with Wyoming Invite

Dec. 9, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming track and field teams started off their indoor season when they hosted the Wyoming Open on Friday, in War Memorial Fieldhouse. The field consisted mostly of Wyoming and Colorado State athletes, with a few other athletes representing themselves. Wyoming managed to take home seven event titles at the end of the night.

Returning All-American Sharon Larrier began her season on a good note with a victory in the 400-meters in a time of 57.4. Sophomore Shaylee Babbitt also took home a title with her time of 25.69 in the 200-meters, just ahead of sophomore Maricel Da Costa who ran the race in 25.7. In her first action as a Cowgirl, freshman Carly Grubbs finished second in the 600 yard run with a time of 1:33.6.

On the field event side, the Cowgirls showed a lot more depth than they have had in recent years. Sophomore Kate Burton placed second in the weight throw with her toss of 60' 7-3/4". Finishing just behind her was junior Shannon Popp who threw a distance of 60' 2". Sophomore Jennifer Collen had a nice day with her second place finish in the triple jump going 36' 9" and placing third in the long jump with a leap of 18' 4-1/4". Sophomore Amanda Gompert, in her first competition as a Cowgirl placed second in the high jump clearing 5' 4-1/4".

The Cowboys also had a good meet for it being the first competition of the season. Junior football standout Derrick Martin had a pretty good night in his first track competition at the collegiate level. The sprinter grabbed a victory in the 200-meters with a time of 22.82 and finished third in the 55-meters finishing in 6.43. Senior Jermaine Kelly won the 400-meters crossing the tape in 51.13, while senior Jeremiah Johnson won the 600 yard run with a time of 1:13.3. Junior Jared Grant was another Poke who came away with a victory when he cleared 6' 6-3/4" in the high jump. Junior Tom Hall was a close second going over 6' 4-3/4".

"Even though we were not 100%, healthy, this was a solid meet for us," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We just wanted our kids to get the feeling back of how to prepare and compete at a meet, and I thought they did a nice job."

Not all of the top Wyoming athletes were competing on Friday due to some minor injuries during preseason training.

The Wyoming track and field team not compete again until January 14 at the Air Force All-Comers Meet.