Wyoming Track and Field Looks to Shake Off the Rust

Jan. 22, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

This Saturday the University of Wyoming track and field teams will shake the rust from the holidays and compete in the Big 12/Mountain West Conference Challenge in Lincoln, Neb., starting at 1:30 p.m.

The meet will bring the likes of Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska from the Big 12 Conference, while Air Force, Colorado State and Wyoming will compete for the MWC. The meet will be scored as a conference vs. conference contest. The top-two finishers from each conference will be scored in each event.

"The kids and coaches are very anxious to compete again after the long lay-off," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "Training has been going very well and we can't wait to get out there and see what we can do against some very good competition."

This will be the first meet since the Wyoming Power Meet on Dec. 6, held in the War Memorial Fieldhouse. At that meet Cowboy senior Jake Shanklinp rovisionally qualified for the NCAA meet in March with his 35lb-weight throw of 69' 11". This weekend Shanklin will go up against one of the best returnees from a year ago, Chris Rohr from Missouri. Rohr finished last season at the NCAA meet in eighth-place while Shanklin finished 11th.

Of the 16 UW freshmen that competed in their first collegiate meet on Dec. 6, four won their events and the group placed in the top-five in 13 different events.