UW Track Takes On Air Force Team Challenge

Jan. 25, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The indoor track and field season for the University of Wyoming will get under way Thursday when the Cowboys and Cowgirls head to the Air Force Academy for three days of action.

The details
The Falcons will host the Air Force Indoor Combined Events meet on Thursday and Friday before welcoming eight schools to the Cadet Field House for the Air Force Team Challenge (formerly known as the Don Barrett Duals) on Saturday.

Start times:
Thursday - 3:30 p.m.
Friday - 10:30 a.m.
Saturday - 8:30 a.m.

What the coach thinks
Most of the Cowboys and Cowgirls haven't competed since Dec. 9 in the Blue & Silver Open at Air Force. Because of that, the Wyoming coaching staff is eager to see what progress has been made during that layoff.

"We're going to run a majority of our athletes," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said. "We have a few kids who have some minor physical ailments that we won't be taking. Because of our circumstances, we just have to see where we're at and where these three weeks (have left us). It's about trying to see where they're at, and a lot of our kids are in pretty good form. It's a short time until indoor conference, so we have to get in pretty good form quick."

Who to watch
The Wyoming throwing corps has been stellar this season, although the squads have competed in just two meets.

Senior Ashley Hutchinson is ranked No. 15 in the nation in the women's 20-pound weight throw. Freshman Shreese Daniels is ranked 30th overall in the weight throw and has the top freshman mark in the nation (61 feet, 6 ¾ inches).

Senior Joe Plante is ranked No. 22 in the men's 35-pound weight throw.