LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the second time in three weeks, the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams will visit Air Force, as the Cowgirls and Cowboys head to the Academy's Team Challenge on Friday. The unique event features dual and quadrangular scoring between Wyoming, Air Force, Utah Valley and Grand Canyon. Field events in the Cadet Field House begin at 3 p.m. MT, followed by track events at 5 p.m.
"We need to continue to show improvement to reach where we want to be for the indoor conference meet in three weeks," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "The advantage of this meet is it's another scored meet, so our student-athletes can get out there and compete and not worry as much about marks."
Last Time Out: Page's School Record Highlights Powder River Triangular
Senior Holly Page set a school record in the 3,000 meters to highlight four all-time top-10 performances for the University of Wyoming track and field teams during last Saturday's Powder River Triangular at the Campbell County Rec Center. The Cowboys downed Northern Colorado, 80-60, but fell to Montana State, 75-73, while the Cowgirls earned a 75-72 win over the Bears and lost to the Bobcats as well, 87-61.
"Holly was very poised out there," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "She proved last cross country season she is the best distance Cowgirl ever and she came out in her first race since cross country nationals and reasserted that. Holly was just Holly. She was cool, calm and collected and ran within herself."
Page placed second in last Saturday's race with an altitude- and track-converted 9:36.67 to best Emily Higgins' 9:42.25 run in 2009. Page now ranks in Wyoming's top 10 indoors in the mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. Sophomore Audra DeStefano, a native of Gillette, Wyo., was third in a personal-best 9:41, good for second in Cowgirl history after Page's performance. Both marks are more than 10 seconds faster the previous best mark in the Mountain West this season. Fellow sophomore Kerry White ran the ninth-fastest mile in UW history with a 5:01 to place second on Saturday, while freshman Ricky Faure won the men's mile in 4:08, also ranking ninth in UW history.
"We had some very good performances on the track, but overall we have to get better in the track events," Berryhill said. "In the field events, we got a lot better. This is a great venue to run fast and throw and jump far. The Campbell County Rec Center and all the volunteers up here made it a very inviting venue."
Other highlights for the Cowgirls included senior Shreese Daniels winning two field events. She topped the shot put with a toss of 46-0 1/2 and claimed victory in the weight throw with a mark of 63-6 3/4. Junior Sabina Sandberg won the high jump at 5-5 and placed second in the long jump with a personal-best 18-3. Senior Erin Kirby was runner-up in the 400 meters in 57.06, while junior McKenzie Brogan was third at 57.26. Sophomore Mikalah Skates ran 8.72 in the 60-meter hurdles for third.
For the Cowboys, senior Colin Herold won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.34, while junior Scott Carter was victorious in the triple jump with a mark of 47-10 and senior Paul Thomas in the shot put at 51-5 3/4. Junior Tyler Anderson claimed runner-up in the weight throw courtesy of a toss of 62-2 1/4, while sophomore Bobby Wingeleth had the same finish in the long jump at 22-8. Graduate student Thomas Atkinson was third in the 800 meters in 1:53 and junior Amos Bowen was third in the 3,000 meters in 8:24.
Page Moves Up Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Two Wyoming student-athletes moved up the program's all-time top-10 lists at last Saturday's Powder River Triangular, while two others moved into the top 10. Senior Holly Page's school record of 9:36.67 in the 3,000 meters moved her from third to first in the event, while sophomore Audra DeStefano's 9:41 jumped her from ninth to second. Sophomore Kerry White and freshman Ricky Faure both moved into ninth in school history in the mile. White ran 5:01 for the women's list and Faure crossed the line in 4:08 for the men's list. The current Cowboy roster owns 18 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 20 individual marks, including Page's school record this season.
Natives of the Equality State
Wyoming's track and field roster of 86 student-athletes features 46 native of the Equality State. UW's football, basketball, wrestling, swimming and diving, soccer, golf and volleyball combine for just 38 Wyomingites. Berryhill's group also has strong ties to the state of Colorado with 16 natives of the Centennial State on the current roster.
Checking the Indoor Rankings
Just one Cowboy or Cowgirl currently ranks in the NCAA's top 50 of an event. Senior Shreese Daniels is No. 26 in the weight throw with a toss of 64-10 in the Power Meet on Dec. 12. She also leads the Mountain West in the event. Senior Colin Herold leads the conference in the 60-meter hurdles after running 8.17 at the Power Meet.
In the latest USTFCCCA's team rankings, the Cowboys and Cowgirls both fell one spot to 11th in the mountain region. During the 2014 indoor campaign, the Cowboys finished eighth and the Cowgirls were 12th.
Wyoming travels to the Don Kirby Invite on Feb. 13-14 in Albuquerque, N.M.