LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After concluding the fall semester in December with a successful Power Meet, the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams start the spring semester at the Air Force Invite on Friday and Saturday. The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined to win 13 event titles when they hosted the Power Meet on Dec. 12, including victories in the long and triple jump by junior Scott Carter. Graduate student Harry Fisher and senior Shreese Daniels were named Mountain West Athletes of the Week for their performances at the meet. Friday's events in the Cadet Field House at the Academy begin at 1 p.m. MT, while Saturday's start at 11 a.m.
"Our student-athletes are coming off a pretty long break, but we've had them back in town for about two weeks now," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Training is going well, but training and competition are two different things, so we are excited to see how they respond this weekend. With this first meet, you want to find out where they are at. Setting too high of goals in our first meet isn't a good thing. We want them to go out and compete hard and then we will set a baseline for where we are now and where we can get them heading into the conference meet."
Last Time Out: Carter's Two Titles Highlight UW's Power Meet
Junior Scott Carter won the triple jump and long jump to highlight 13 event titles for the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams at the Power Meet on Dec. 12 on the Hager-LeBar Indoor Track at War Memorial Fieldhouse. The Cowboys took home wins in six events, while the Cowgirls won seven.
Carter posted a leap of 22-10 to claim first in the long jump, just one inch shy of his personal best, and went 48-8 1/4 to top the field in the triple jump. Junior Tyler Anderson added another win for Wyoming in the field events with a throw of 63-0 3/4 in the weight throw. On the track, senior Colin Herold paced the field in the 55-meter hurdles in 7.55, while graduate student Harry Fisher crossed the line first in the 800 meters in 1:52. Senior Jason Roascio won the 200 meters in 22.64.
For the Cowgirls, sophomore Mikalah Skates took top honors in the 55-meter hurdles in 7.96, just one tenth of a second away from the facility record. Three freshmen won events on the day in Melina Harris, Ashley Dodds and Day Timberman. Harris ran 25.97 in the 200 meters and Dodds 1:02 in the 400 meters, while Timberman leapt 36-11 3/4 in the triple jump. Junior McKenzie Brogan won the 800 meters in 2:18. Other field event victories for Wyoming included senior Shreese Daniels in the weight throw at 64-10 and junior Sabina Sandberg in the high jump at 5-5. Former Cowgirl Mollie Dahl won the shot put with a throw of 46-6 3/4.
Fisher and Daniels Claim Mountain West Weekly Honors
Wyoming's Harry Fisher and Shreese Daniels were named the Mountain West Male Track Athlete of the Week and Female Field Athlete of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Dec. 17. Fisher earned the weekly award for the first time in his career, while Daniels has won it twice.
Fisher, a graduate student from Southampton, U.K., won the 800 meters at Dec. 12's Power Meet in Laramie. His altitude- and track-converted time of 1:51.51 led the conference and nation in the event at the time. Daniels, a senior from Steilacoom, Wash., won the weight throw and placed third in the shot put at the meet. Her mark of 64-10 in the weight throw led the conference and ranked seventh in the nation at the time.
Skates Moves Up Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Sophomore Mikala Skates was the only Cowgirl or Cowboy to move up Wyoming's all-time top-10 lists at Dec. 12's Power Meet. She ran a personal-best 8.60 in the 60-meter hurdles to go from 10th to seventh in UW history. The current Cowboy roster owns 16 individual top-10 outdoor marks, including a school-record 7.87 in the 60-meter hurdles by Jordan Charles last season, while the current Cowgirl roster has 18 individual marks.
Checking the Indoor Rankings
Five Cowboys and Cowgirls currently rank in the NCAA's top 50 of three individual events. Graduate student Harry Fisher is the top Cowboy at No. 15 in the 800 meters after a 1:51.5 at the Power Meet on Dec. 12. Fellow graduate student Thomas Atkinson is right behind him at No. 16 with a time just one tenth of a second slower. Junior Tyler Anderson notched a mark of 63-0 3/4 in the weight throw at the Power Meet for No. 37 in the nation, while junior Scott Carter is No. 47 after a leap of 48-8 1/4 in the Power Meet. Senior Shreese Daniels is the only Cowgirl in the top 50, ranking No. 14 in the weight throw with a toss of 64-10 in the Power Meet. Wyoming leads the MW in six events currently.
The USTFCCCA's first indoor team rankings will be released on Monday. The Cowboys finished the 2014 outdoor season 10th in the mountain region, while the Cowgirls were 11th. During the 2014 indoor campaign, the Cowboys finished eighth and the Cowgirls were 12th.
Wyoming Track & Field Signs 12 Student-Athletes
University of Wyoming track and field coach Bryan Berryhill announced Monday that 12 student-athletes have committed to compete as Cowboys and Cowgirls this fall.
"The biggest thing with this recruiting class was we wanted to address the depth within our program," Berryhill said. "If you look at these student-athletes, we have representative in each event area that can come in and score points for us right away. These are athletes who could get a couple points right away and eventually develop into those all-conference performers that we expect. I'm very proud of all the hard work our coaching staff put in to bring this class of talented student-athletes to the University of Wyoming."
UW's newest additions include student-athletes from a total of seven states, including five from Colorado, and one international signee. Several more student-athletes are expected to join Wyoming's 2015 class when the spring signing period starts April 15.
2015 Wyoming Track & Field Signees:
Zachary Agee - Middle Distance - Houston, Texas (Strake Jesuit HS)
Bryce Ailshie - Middle Distance - Kingsport, Tenn. (Dobyns-Bennett HS)
Ashley Bock - Distance - Fort Collins, Colo. (Fossil Ridge HS)
Allegra Carson - Jumps - Wichita, Kan. (Wichita East HS)
Sofia Hof - Jumps - Casper, Wyo. (Kelly Walsh HS)
Kiah Leonard - Distance - Berthoud, Colo. (Berthoud HS)
Hannah Lloyd - Hurdles - London, England (Loughborough University)
Emily Person - Distance - Rapid City, S.D. (Rapid City Stevens HS)
Ashley Snyder - Sprints - Lamar, Colo. (Lamar HS)
Phillip Thomas - Middle Distance - Fountain, Colo. (Fort-Carson HS)
Regan VanDePol - Distance - Broomfield, Colo. (Broomfield HS)
Kayla York - Throws - Cedar Lake, Ind. (Hanover Central HS)
Cowboy Season Preview
Wyoming returns every Cowboy except one that qualified for last season's NCAA Championships or earned All-Mountain West honors. Now the one not returning is Mason Finley, who earned his degree and was one of the top throwers in UW history, but Berryhill is excited about his men's squad this season. The Cowboys placed fifth at the MW Indoor Championships with 86 points, their most since 2010, and followed with a fourth-place showing at the outdoor meet with 110 points, their second-most points ever at the contest.
Graduate student Harry Fisher is Wyoming's top returner, after he placed second in the 800 meters at the MW indoor and outdoor meet and ran the second-fastest time in school history in the event in 1:48. Sophomore sprinter Jordan Charles is back after a premier first season in the program that included six marks in Wyoming's top-10 lists, including a school-record 7.87 in the 60-meter hurdles, and is joined by senior Colin Herold who qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 110-meter hurdles two seasons ago. Senior Garrett Zans will pace the distance crew after winning the conference title in the steeplechase a season ago, while junior Tyler Anderson and senior Paul Thomas will fill the void left by Finley in the throwing events. Junior Scott Carter is UW's top returning jumper after four top-10 marks last year. All four were NCAA qualifiers last season. As a team, the Cowboys return 15 letterwinners from last season, while welcoming 11 newcomers to the 37-man squad.
"We return a great foundation from last year's team and a majority of the points that we scored at the MW Championships," Berryhill said. "Plus we add in a really talented freshman class, so I think this team is ready to make that jump to be in the top three at the conference meet. We worked on consistency a lot this fall. Being consistent in everything we do so it carries over to performances. You have to perform at the conference meet and if you are consistent, odds are that you can do it on that day."
Cowgirl Season Preview
On the women's side, Wyoming lost big point earners in Taylor Gardner and Jenna Mann, but still return a solid stable of Cowgirls that qualified for the NCAA meet or earned All-MW honors. Wyoming placed second at the MW Indoor Championships, its highest finish ever at the meet, with 84 points, its most since 2004 and added a fourth-place finish at the outdoor meet with 94 points, their most points since 2004.
Junior Kereston Thomas is Wyoming's top female returner, after she ran to MW titles last season in the 200 meters indoors, 100 meters outdoors and 4x100-meter relay outdoors. She ran the second-fastest time in school history in the 200 meters with a 24.2, while outdoors she broke her own UW record in the 100 meters with an 11.5. Senior Holly Page won the 5,000-meter title at the indoor conference meet and qualified in the 10,000 meters for the NCAA outdoor meet, while sophomore Audra DeStefano was just as impressive with a school record in her first season running the steeplechase. Senior Shreese Daniels will look to wrap up a solid Cowgirl career, after qualifying for the NCAA outdoor meet each of the last three seasons. As a team, the Cowgirls return 10 letterwinners, while welcoming 22 newcomers to the 49-woman team.
"Just like on the men's side, our women return quite a few of their points from last season," Berryhill said. "The women made that jump into the top three at the conference level, but now we need to prove we belong there. They need to work on their consistency, so when we get to that MW meet we can be a top-three team year in and year out."
Wyoming hosts the Powder River Triangular on Jan. 31 in Gillette, Wyo.