Wyoming Hosts Montana State for Powder River Dual on Friday in Gillette

Jan. 29, 2014


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The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams return to Gillette, Wyo., for the second time in as many weeks to host Montana State for the Powder River Dual on Friday. Field events in the shortened meet begin at 11:30 a.m. MT at the Campbell County Recreation Center, while running events start at 12:30 p.m. MT. Admission to the event is free. Fans can follow live updates through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyoathletics.

Wyoming hosted Colorado State for the Border War Dual in Gillette on Jan. 18, as the Cowgirls came away with a dominant 76-33 dual win and the Cowboys dropped a close 66-55 dual to the Rams. Wyoming posted six marks at the meet that qualified for the school's all-time top-10 indoor lists, including the No. 2 mark in the weight throw by junior Shreese Daniels at 65-7 1/2. Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano, a native of Gillette, ran the mile in 4:58 for the sixth-fastest indoor mile in UW history. She will run the 3,000 meters on Friday.

"I think the team is actually more excited to go back to Gillette this time, after seeing the facility at the Campbell County Recreation Center and the great opportunity to compete there," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "This will be an exciting dual for our fans because Montana State is an awfully good team, so we'll have to be at our best to beat them. This dual will likely come down to the last couple of events."

Last Time Out: Finley Takes Shot Put Title at Air Force
Senior Mason Finley led the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams with a throw of 65-3 1/2 to win the shot put during last Saturday's Air Force Invitational. Finley has been victorious all three times he has entered the event this indoor season. Senior Jenna Mann paced the Cowgirls with a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.51.

"We were coming off a great performance last weekend, but we were a little down here at Air Force," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We made some mental errors out there that we'll have to clean up before we face a very good Montana State team next weekend in Gillette. We didn't have a lot of personal bests out there today, but they put in the effort. They were just competing on tired legs."

Sophomore Scott Carter claimed sixth in the triple jump in 46-4, while seniors Jacob Edwards and Aaron Praska both earned top-10 finishes in the 60-meter hurdles. Edwards was seventh in 8.47 and Praska was ninth at 8.49. Sophomore Amos Bowen crossed the finish line in the mile in a personal-best 4:21 for 10th.

Mann was followed in the 60-meter hurdles by freshman Mikalah Skates in 9.06 for eighth. Freshman Shana Wilcoxson placed seventh in the triple jump at 37-5, good for 10th on UW's all-time indoor charts. Fellow freshman Tabitha Briscoe was eighth in 37-4 1/2. Senior Candace Wollert ran 2:14 in the 800 meters for third and was followed three places back by freshman Cassidy Meade in 2:16. Senior Audrey West placed fifth in the 60 meters in 7.72 and junior Shreese Daniels was fourth in the shot put at 44-6 1/4.

First USTFCCCA Regional Poll Released
The first USTFCCCA regional poll was released on Tuesday and Wyoming ranks in the top 15 of the mountain region on both the the men's and women's side. The Cowboys are ninth overall in the mountain region and the fifth Mountain West school, while the Cowgirls are 12th overall and the fourth Mountain West school. Both polls can be seen on page three of the notes.

Adding to Wyoming's Top 10
The Cowboys and Cowgirls had several impressive performances at the Border War Dual on Jan. 18, 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
Three Cowboys and Cowgirls currently place in the top 50 of four events in the latest national rankings. Senior Mason Finley is the top Cowboy at fourth in the shot put with a toss of 66-0 1/4, as he also ranks 36th in the weight throw at 63-8 3/4. Sophomore Tyler Anderson is 29th in the weight throw with a toss of 64-4. Junior Shreese Daniels is the only Cowgirl in the top 50 of an event at 21st in the weight throw with a mark of 65-7 1/2.

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 on Jan. 21. 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 the Border War Dual with Colorado State on Jan. 18 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 ranked first in the conference and 25th in the nation at the time. He also won the shot put with a throw of 62-7 3/4. The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined to win three of the first four MW Athletes of the Week this indoor season.

Next Up
Wyoming will send squads to the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., and the Don Kirby Collegiate in Albuquerque, N.M., next weekend.