LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For a third-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. The Cowboys and Cowgirls square off with Montana State on Saturday in the Powder River Dual. 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. Wyoming head coach Bryan Berryhill and a group of seven student-athletes will also host a "Reading with the Pokes" event on Friday morning at Hulett School in Hulett, Wyo.
"We need to compete on Saturday," Berryhill said. "We went against Montana State last year up there and they kind of got the best of us. We have to go up there with the frame of mind we need to compete in every event. It's all about scoring points for the team and winning events. That's a lot like the conference meet."
Last Time Out: DeStefano's Mile Highlights Last Saturday's AF Invite for UW
Junior Audra DeStefano ran the second-fastest mile in school history to highlight three more all-time performances for the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams last Saturday at the Air Force Invite. The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined for seven marks in Wyoming's top-10 records during the two-day meet at the Cadet Field House.
"I thought over the two days our teams competed really well across the board in every event area," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "If you compare this to our performance at the same meet last year, it blows it away. Our kids brought everything this weekend and were very focused."
DeStefano's altitude-converted time of 4:49.92 in the mile placed her third in the field on Saturday, while ranking second in Cowgirl history and 35th in the NCAA this season. Senior McKenzie Brogan won the 400 meters in a season-best 55.95, just one tenth of a second away from her personal best, which currently leads the MW. Freshman Ja'la Henderson was third in the 60 meters in 7.68 followed by sophomore Melina Harris in 7.70 for fifth. Junior Mikalah Skates ran 8.93 in the 60-meter hurdles for fifth, while sophomore Lauren Hamilton was sixth in the 3,000 meters at 10:11. The Cowgirls also combined to finish runner-up in the mile relay at 3:54.
Junior Jordan Charles moved into Wyoming's all-time top 10 in the 200 meters on Friday and moved up one spot to seventh on Saturday by running a personal-best 21.66 for fifth. The time ranks third in the MW this season. Charles was also runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles at 7.94, while senior Scott Carter was fourth in a personal-best 8.08, which keeps him fourth in Cowboy history in the event. Carter also won the triple jump with a season-best leap of 50-8 3/4. Sophomore Ricky Faure clocked a time of 1:51 for second in the 800 meters and was followed in fifth by freshman Bryce Ailshie at 1:55. Sophomore Jonah Henry placed fifth in the mile in 4:13.
Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Wyoming had seven all-time top-10 performances at the Air Force Invite last Saturday. Junior Jordan Charles was the highlight for the UW men, as he ran top-10 times in the 200 meters twice. His 21.66 on Saturday was No. 7 in Cowboy history. For the UW women, junior Audra DeStefano ran the second-fastest mile in Cowgirl history at 4:49.92. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis moved up to fourth in the 60 meters at 7.53 and has ran top-10 times in two of her three meets at Wyoming. The current Cowboy roster owns 16 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming's indoor history, while the current Cowgirl roster has 21. The two squads have 62 entrees between the two programs and the two seasons.
Checking the Indoor Rankings
Four Cowboys and five Cowgirls currently rank in the NCAA's top 50 of an event. Junior Jordan Charles is the top Cowboy at No. 21 in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.90, while also ranking No. 65 in the 60 meters. Freshman Emelda Malm-Annan is the top Cowgirl at No. 26 in the weight throw with a toss of 64-3 1/4. Wyoming also leads the Mountain West in six individual events. Teamwise, the first USTFCCCA regional team rankings of the indoor season were released on Jan. 25. The Cowboys and Cowgirls were both ranked sixth in the Mountain region.
Natives of the Equality State
Wyoming's track and field roster of 99 student-athletes features 48 native of the Equality State, more than the combined total of all other sports at UW. Berryhill's group also has strong ties to the state of Colorado with 21 natives of the Centennial State on the current roster.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls host the Wyoming Invite on Feb. 5 on the Hager-LeBar Indoor Track in War Memorial Fieldhouse.