LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For a second-consecutive season the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams will dual an opponent at the Campbell County Rec Center in Gillette, Wyo. This time it's two foes, though, as the Cowboys and Cowgirls square off with Northern Colorado and Montana State on Saturday in the Powder River Triangular. Field events in the shortened meet begin at 12:30 p.m. MT, while running events on the six-lane, 200-meter track start at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free to the event.
"The biggest thing we can get out of this weekend is it is a scored competition," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "It's early in the indoor season, but it'll be good for us to see where we are at and how we can get better going into the conference meet. Plus, this is one of our student-athletes' favorite meets of the year. We have a lot of in-state kids on our roster and they love competing at a great facility."
Last Time Out: Faure Makes Impressive Cowboy Debut at AF Invite
Freshman Ricky Faure won the 800 meters at the Air Force Invite last Saturday to wrap up competition at the meet for the University of Wyoming track and field teams. The Cowboys and Cowgirls had strong showings in the hurdles and middles distances in their first competition of the spring semester.
Making his debut in Brown and Gold, Faure crossed the line in 1:51.75 for the seventh-fastest indoor time in school history in the event. The mark ranked 38th in the NCAA at the time. The Cowboys also got top-three finishes from junior Scott Carter and senior Colin Herold. The duo claimed third in the triple jump and 60-meter hurdles, respectively. Carter leapt 48-4 and Herold ran 8.29. Junior Amos Bowen was sixth in the mile at 4:16.
For the Cowgirls, sophomore Kerry White was runner-up in the 800 meters in 2:14, the second-fastest time in the Mountain West at the time. Sophomore Audra DeStefano was fifth in the mile in a personal-best 4:57, the fastest time in the conference at the time and third in Cowgirl history. Sophomore Mikalah Skates and junior McKenzie Brogan were fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and 400 meters. Skates ran 8.75 and Brogan 57.5.
Freshmen Move Into Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Two freshmen highlighted the four Cowboys and Cowgirls that had all-time top-10 marks at last Saturday's Air Force Invite. Freshman Ricky Faure ran the seventh-fastest 800 meters in Cowboy history at 1:51.74, while freshman Rebecca Harris posted 3,410 points in the pentathlon for third in Cowgirl history. Junior Sabina Sandberg notched the second-most points ever in the pentathlon with 3,500 points, while sophomore Audra DeStefano ran the third-fastest mile in 4:57.07. The current Cowboy roster owns 17 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 19 individual marks.
Checking the Indoor Rankings
Six Cowboys and Cowgirls currently rank in the NCAA's top 50 of four individual events. Senior Kyle Sullivan is the top Cowboy at No. 28 in the heptathlon with 4,898 points. Graduate student Harry Fisher is No. 44 in the 800 meters after a 1:51.5 at the Power Meet on Dec. 12, followed by fellow graduate student Thomas Atkinson at No. 46 with a time just one tenth of a second slower. Junior Tyler Anderson notched a mark of 63-5 in the weight throw at the Air Force Invite for No. 47 in the nation. Senior Shreese Daniels is the top Cowgirl, ranking No. 21 in the weight throw with a toss of 64-10 in the Power Meet, while junior Sabina Sandberg is No. 40 in the pentathlon after 3,500 points at the Air Force Invite. Wyoming leads the MW in two events currently.
In the USTFCCCA's team rankings, the Cowboys and Cowgirls both rank 10th in the mountain region. 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 Jan. 19 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)
Wyoming travels to the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 6 in Colorado Springs, Colo.