LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After opening the indoor season over a month ago, the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams return to action on Saturday at the Potts Invite in Boulder, Colo. A handful of jumpers, sprinters and hurdlers will compete for the Cowboys and Cowgirls. Field events in Balch Fieldhouse begin at 10 a.m. MT, followed by track events at 1 p.m. Fans can follow live results through GoWYO.com.
Wyoming concluded fall practices and began the indoor season by hosting the Power Meet on Dec. 11 in War Memorial Fieldhouse. The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined to win 17 events and notch eight all-time top-10 performances at the home meet. Sophomore Day Timberman had the impressive performance for the Cowgirls with a school-record leap in the triple jump, while freshman Emelda Malm-Annan was named the Mountain West's Female Track Athlete of the Week for her efforts in the weight throw. For the Cowboys, senior Scott Carter and junior Jordan Charles ran the fourth-best all-time marks in the 60 meters and 60-meter hurdles, respectively. The student-athletes have since been training on their own over Christmas break.
"Our opening meet was phenomenal and our student-athletes did what they needed to do over break, so we are in great shape," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "With that in mind our expectations for this meet are to improve upon our marks from December. This is a good facility that should help the event areas we are sending post competitive marks."
Last Time Out: Jumpers Highlight Wyoming's Season-Opening Power Meet
Sophomore Day Timberman broke a 15-year old school record in the triple jump to highlight eight all-time top-10 performances for the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams at the Power Meet on Dec. 11. The Cowboys earned titles in nine events on the Hager-LeBar Indoor Track at War Memorial Fieldhouse, while the Cowgirls won eight events.
"Overall it was a great performance across the board," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Every event area had stand-out showings and I think that showed we have a lot of depth in all those events."
Timberman, a native of Casper, Wyo., wasn't even in the Cowgirls' top 10 in the event when the day started, but she unleashed a leap of 39-10 3/4 to break Tomeca Brown's record in 2000 by a quarter of an inch. Not to be outdone, freshman Allegra Carson posted a mark of 38-9 1/2 for fourth in school history in her first collegiate competition. Junior Shana Wilcoxson tied her personal best at 38-3 1/4 in the event, but was bumped from ninth in school history to 11th.
"Coach [Quincy] Howe was an All-American here and when he came back he brought that same mentality to this group," Berryhill said. "We are going to go out and work hard and get better every day and they have embraced that."
Wyoming's two other all-time top-10 performances came from freshmen Ja'la Henderson and Emelda Malm-Annan. Henderson leapt 19-6 3/4 in the long jump for second in Cowgirl history, while Malm-Annan tossed the weight throw 64-3 1/4 for sixth. Her throw was also a Wyoming freshman record, according to UW associate head coach Paul Barrett. Other highlights for the Cowgirls included senior McKenzie Brogan winning the 400 meters in 57.3 and junior Mikalah Skates crossing the line first in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.26.
For the Cowboys, junior Jordan Charles won the 55 meters and 55-meter hurdles in 6.28 and 7.30, respectively. His time in the 55 converts to a 60-meter time of 6.79, which ranks fourth in school history, while his hurdles time converts to a 60-meter hurdles time of 7.90, just three hundredths of a second off his own school record. Freshman Calil Burnett ran a 55-converted-to-60 time of 6.84 for ninth in Cowboy history. Senior Scott Carter's converted time of 8.11 in the hurdles moves him to fourth in UW history.
Sophomore Clay Carlson was first in the 400 meters at 50.7, while sophomore Isaac Kiefer accomplished the same feat in the 600 meters in 1:24. Senior Tyler Anderson won the weight throw with a mark of 63-0 3/4, while sophomore Garrett Lynch was first in the shot put at 51-9 1/4. Carter also leapt 49-4 1/4 in the triple jump for first.
Malm-Annan Named MW Field Athlete of the Week
Wyoming's Emelda Malm-Annan was named the Mountain West Female Field Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Dec. 15. The weekly award was the first of her career. Malm-Annan, a freshman from Elk Grove, Calif., made an impressive collegiate debut at the Power Meet in Laramie, Wyo., on Dec. 11. She won the weight throw with a toss of 64-3 1/4, a mark that ranked at the time first in the MW, seventh in the NCAA and sixth in Cowgirl history. Her throw also set a UW freshman record, according to UW associate head coach Paul Barrett.
Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Wyoming had eight all-time top-10 performances at the Power Meet on Dec. 11. Senior Scott Carter and junior Jordan Charles were the highlight for the UW men, as both posted marks that rank fourth in Cowboy history. Carter ran 8.11 in the 60-meter hurdles, while Charles blazed through the 60 meters in 6.79. Sophomore Day Timberman led five all-time marks for the Cowgirls with a school-record leap of 39-10 3/4 in the triple jump. The current Cowboy roster owns 15 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming's indoor history, while the current Cowgirl roster has 20. The two squads have 60 entrees between the two programs and the two seasons.
Checking the Indoor Rankings
Four Cowboys and five Cowgirls currently rank in the NCAA's top 50 of an event. Junior Jordan Charles is the top Cowboy at eighth in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.90, while his time of 6.79 in the 60 meters is No. 32. Freshman Emelda Malm-Annan is the top Cowgirl at No. 12 in the weight throw with a toss of 64-3 1/4. Wyoming also currently leads the MW in four individual events. In the team rankings, the first USTFCCCA indoor regional team rankings will be released on Jan. 25.
Cowboy Season Preview
Two seasons ago Wyoming fans enjoyed Mason Finley and Paul Thomas excelling in the throws. Last season it was the Pokes in the 800 meters making waves. This season's area where the Cowboys might be strong? Everywhere, according to Berryhill. Wyoming welcomes back five student-athletes that qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and five that earned All-Mountain West honors. Those 14 returning letterwinners will help lead a group of 15 returning squad members and 17 newcomers.
"We have athletes across the board so the fun part of the season will be to see which event area emerges," Berryhill said. "It might be a different area at each meet, too, because of our depth. We have very good leaders in each group."
Sophomore Ricky Faure is Wyoming's top returner after earning All-MW in the 800 meters indoors and outdoors and advancing to the NCAA Regional in the event. Seniors Tyler Anderson, Amos Bowen and Scott Carter also qualified last season and will look to wrap up their career with all-time top-10 marks in their sights. Junior Jordan Charles rounds out UW's returning NCAA participants. He already owns all-time top-10 marks in five different events.
"I think our depth is going to be much improved on the men's side," Berryhill said. "What's really exciting is I think we are going to score points in almost every event from the jumps to the throws to the hurdles to the distance and middle distance."
Berryhill believes the Pokes have athletes capable of scoring in events across the board at the conference championships. Which he hopes will help Wyoming build on fifth place finishes at the MW indoor and outdoor meets.
"In the history of the Mountain West, Wyoming has only been in the top three one time and that was the first year of the conference ," Berryhill said. "So that's our goal this year and I think it's a very realistic goal. On the national level we want to continue to increase our numbers at the regional meet, but more importantly we want to continue to get kids to the national championships. We have quite a few kids that could accomplish that this season."
Cowgirl Season Preview
While the Cowboys enter the season with a strong grasp of leadership, the Cowgirls begin 2015-16 with several question marks. Wyoming lost the likes of Shreese Daniels, Erin Kirby and Holly Page to graduation and now welcome back just nine letterwinners. A group of 25 squad members will be looked upon to step into larger roles and lead the 23 newcomers on the team this season.
"Our women's side is quite a bit younger than our men's side," Berryhill said. "We are going to rely on these younger student-athletes to step in right away and score some points for us and that is not an easy thing to do. The conference is getting much better each year on the women's side. We will be asking a lot of this young team."
The NCAA qualifiers the Cowgirls do return are question marks as well. Junior Audra DeStefano set the school record last season in the steeplechase, but missed the last half of the cross country season last fall due to an illness. Likewise, senior Kereston Thomas had injuries last season that forced her to redshirt, which was after three All-MW accolades as a sophomore in 2013-14. Junior Kerry White was runner-up in the 800 meters outdoors last spring, but will redshirt this indoor season. But, like Berryhill said, that opens the door for other Cowgirls. He pointed to the sprints and jumps as an area Wyoming will be improved in with several newcomers.
"Even without Kereston, we have Ja'la Henderson, Jerayah Davis and Jordan Edmonds who are all in their first year in the program and can contribute," he said. "Our throws crew is really strong this year as well. It will be fun to see what Emelda Malm-Annan can do as a freshman."
The full Wyoming squads return to competition at the Air Force Invite on Jan. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo.