Dec. 9, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Freshman Shreese Daniels set a Wyoming freshman record in the weight throw Friday night at the Blue and Silver Open, hosted by the Air Force Academy. Daniels' efforts added to an already solid performance by the UW track teams.
Daniels' mark of 61 feet, 6 ¾ inches also was No. 10 all-time in UW history. Daniels, who won the event, set a freshman all-time mark for the second time in two weeks.
"We looked like a team that was tired and beat up from finals and practice. We had some nice performances," UW head coach Don Yentes said. "We got a good workout in and made some progress and now we get to go home for a while.
"We didn't let off the gas at all and the kids didn't get much sleep this week. They did a good job overall. I was pretty pleased, and it was good to get some stuff done and be ready to start training for Christmas break."
Junior Chantel Bernabo was seventh in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.86 seconds. Senior Lindsey Simmons was second in the 300-meter dash with a time of 40.37, and freshman Audrey West was right behind her, finishing third with a time of 40.42. Freshman Jolie DuBois was also in the top 10 with a time of 42.13.
Sophomore Jenna Mann showed her speed in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing fourth with a time of 9.05 seconds.
The Wyoming women throw crew was stellar, finishing with three in the top seven. Along with Daniels, senior Ashley Hutchinson was second in the weight throw, 60-11 ¼; junior Anna George was fourth, 55-0; and junior Kristen Nielsen was seventh, 49-8 ½.
Hutchinson was first in the shot put with a personal-record throw of 48-8 ¼. Her throw also put her No. 7 on UW's all-time list. Junior Mollie Dahl was second in the event, with a throw of 47-3, which was a personal-best mark. Daniels was sixth, 43-0 ½.
Junior Stephen Michel got things started off right for the men, finishing fifth in the 60-meter dash (6.97 seconds.) Senior Travis Gunderson was ninth, with a time of 7.06. Michel also was fourth in the 300-meter dash, finishing fourth with a time of 35.50. Freshman Jason Roascio was ninth, with a time of 35.74.
Junior Ken Lane was fifth in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:32.35.The Cowboy hurdlers also performed admirably, with junior Mark Flegel in fourth (8.50), freshman Colin Herold in fifth (8.51) and freshman Kyle Sullivan in sixth (8.53.) Sullivan also was seventh in the high jump, leaping to a mark of 6-4 ¾.
Junior Jaymes Talkington was fourth in the triple jump, hitting 46-4 ¾.Wyoming's weight throw participants each finished in the top four, with senior Joe Plante winning the event with a toss of 61-10 ¼. Junior Mark Sparks had a season-best throw of 59-9 ½ to finish second, and sophomore Dalton Sybrant was fourth, 56-1 ¾.
"The throw crew did a great job after a three-hour bus ride and finals this week," UW throws coach Paul Barrett said.
Wyoming now will be off until Jan. 20, when the teams will compete in the Potts Multi-Event in Boulder, Colo.