Track Takes On Tall Task at Air Force

Jan. 22, 2014


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The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams venture to their first big meet of the indoor season this weekend when the Cowboys and Cowgirls compete at the Air Force Invitational. The Cowgirls are coming off a dominant dual win over Colorado State in the Border War Dual last Saturday in Gillette, Wyo., while the Cowboys look to bounce back from a narrow loss. Wyoming combined for six marks that qualified for its all-time top 10 indoor lists at the dual. Events in the 13-team AF Invite begin at 9 a.m. MT on Friday and 10 a.m. MT on Saturday in the Cadet Field House. Fans can follow live updates through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyoathletics.

"We want to build upon last weekend's success with this trip to Air Force," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "To open the New Year with that many top 10 marks is great, but it doesn't do us any good if we can't get better every week. Our athletes won't be quite as comfortable this weekend as they were in Gillette, so they'll have to adapt to a higher level of competition at Air Force with more competitors."

Last Time Out: Cowgirl Track Claims 76-33 Border War Dual Win, but Cowboys Fall 66-55
The University of Wyoming women's track team won eight of 12 individual events to earn a 76-33 win over Colorado State at last Saturday's Border War Dual in the Campbell County Recreation Center, but the Cowboys lost a narrow 66-55 decision to the Rams despite winning seven events. Senior Audrey West and freshman McKenzie Brogan won two events each for the UW women, while senior Mason Finley won two titles for the UW men.

"I thought both teams competed with good energy and effort today and that was great to see in our first meet back from break," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "The women showed they are very balanced today. We have a lot of good athletes in all the events and showed that with our scoring. We were missing a couple of key men due to injuries, so that affected us today, but we need to get to the point where we have more depth."

West racked up 13 points for the Cowgirls, as she won two events and placed second in another. She took home the title in the 200 meters with a personal-best 25.35 and the long jump in 18-4 1/4, while placing runner-up in the 60-meter dash in a personal-best 7.66. Her 60 time ranks seventh on UW's all-time indoor top 10. Junior Shreese Daniels also notched a mark in Cowgirl history with a personal-best toss of 65-7 1/2 to win the weight throw, which ranks second on UW's indoor charts and 12th in the current national standings.

Brogan took first in the 400 meters in 58.3 and the 600 meters in 1:36.3. Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano, competing in her hometown, won the mile in 5:07, while senior Jenna Mann took first in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.49, just .02 off her personal best. The Cowgirls won all nine points in four events during the meet.

Finley won the weight throw with a personal-best 63-8 3/4 to put him 20th in the nation in the event, while also claiming the title in the shot put at 62-7 3/4. Graduate students Harry Fisher and Thomas Atkinson both made their debut in brown and gold and won the 600 meters in 1:21 and 800 meters in 1:58, respectively. Senior Garrett Zans rounded out UW's middle distance titles with a win in the mile in 4:20. Junior Jason Roascio took the title in the 200 meters at 27.7 and junior Kyle Sullivan won the high jump at 6-5.

"The great thing about Mason's performance today is he knew that he had to throw the weight before the shot to help the team," Berryhill said. "So he did that knowing that would probably affect his showing in the shot, but he did it for the team."

UW Throwers Earn Mountain West Athletes of the Week
Wyoming's Shreese Daniels and Mason Finley were named the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Female and Male Athletes of the Week, the conference office announced last Tuesday. It was the sixth time in MW history Wyoming swept the indoor weekly honors and first since Jake Shanklin and Shannon Pop claimed the honors on Feb. 7, 2007.

Daniels earned the weekly accolade for the first time in her career after her performance at last Saturday's Border War Dual with Colorado State in Gillette, Wyo. She won the weight throw with a personal-best toss of 65-7 1/2 to break her previous mark by more than one foot. Her toss ranked second all-time in UW indoor history, while leading the conference and ranking 14th in the NCAA at the time. She also placed second in the shot put with a toss of 46-10.

Finley was just as impressive for the third weekly accolade of his career. He was the only Cowboy to win two events at the Border War Dual. He threw a personal-best 63-8 3/4 to take first in the weight throw and break his old record by more than two feet. The mark currently ranks first in the conference and 25th in the nation. He also won the shot put with a throw of 62-7 3/4. The Cowboys and Cowgirls have combined to win three of the four MW Athletes of the Week so far this indoor season.

Adding to Wyoming's Top 10
The Cowboys and Cowgirls had several impressive performances at last Saturday's Border War Dual, including six marks that qualified for Wyoming's all-time top 10 indoor lists. Junior Shreese Daniels posted the No. 2 mark in the weight throw at 65-7 1/2, while freshman Jordan Charles' 8.14 in the 60-meter hurdles was third. Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano ran the mile in 4:58.51 for sixth all-time, while senior Audrey West notched the No. 7 time in the 60 meters at 7.68. Junior Holly Page improved her mile time to 5:00.09 for the No. 8 mark and junior Julie Popish tied for 10th in the pole vault at 10-6. The current Cowboy roster owns nine individual marks in Wyoming's all-time top 10, including one school record, while the Cowgirls have 19 individual marks and two school records.

Wyoming Tracksters in National Rankings
Five Cowboys and Cowgirls currently place in the top 50 of six events in the latest national rankings. Senior Mason Finley is the top Cowboy at second in the shot put with a toss of 66-0 1/4, as he also ranks 25th in the weight throw at 63-8 3/4. Junior Shreese Daniels is the top Cowgirl at 14th in the weight throw with a mark of 65-7 1/2. For a complete list, see page three of the notes.

Next Up
Wyoming returns to Gillette, Wyo., to host Montana State for the Powder River Dual on Jan. 31 at noon in the Campbell County Recreation Center.