Wyoming Sends Squads to Two Track & Field Meets This Weekend

Feb. 10, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams head to two high-profile meets this weekend. The Cowboy and Cowgirl throwers and distance runners will compete at the Husky Classic hosted by Washington in Seattle, Wash., while the majority of the squads will travel to the Don Kirby Invite hosted by New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. Both meets start Friday night and continue all day Saturday. Fans can follow live results of each meet through GoWYO.com.

Wyoming returns to action after being off last weekend. Previously, the Cowboys and Cowgirls both came away with wins over Montana State at the Powder River Dual on Jan. 30 in Gillette, Wyo. Senior Scott Carter was the highlight in a tight 74.5-72.5 win for the Cowboys. He leapt a personal best to win the long jump and also claimed first in the triple jump. Freshman Ja'la Henderson paced four all-time top-10 performances for the Cowgirls in a dominant 92-59 victory. Her personal-best mark kept her second in UW history in the event and currently ranks second in the conference this season.

"Both venues are going to be the most competitive meets we've been to all season," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We just want to see our kids go out there and carry the same confidence into the meets that they have all season. As far as training goes, we are starting to taper, so now is the time we expect our kids to put up those big marks."

Last Time Out: UW Earns Two Dual Wins over MSU in Gillette
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams both earned wins over Montana State during the Powder River Dual on Jan. 30 at the Campbell County Rec Center. The Cowgirls won 11 of 14 events to run away with a 92-59 victory, while the Cowboys claimed a narrow 74.5-72.5 victory thanks to eight event titles.

"Both teams competed extremely hard," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Both teams showed a lot of balance earning victories in all areas. The men's competition came down to the 4x4 and the energy of the team helped them get the 4x4 victory and secure the team win."

The men's race came down to the final event, but senior Scott Carter was the highlight of the day for the Cowboys. He leapt a personal-best 24-1 to win the long jump and posted a mark of 50-4 1/2 to win the triple jump. Senior Tyler Anderson threw a season-best 64-1 3/4 to win the weight throw, while freshman Bryce Ailshie crossed the line first in the 800 meters in 1:57. Wyoming also got event titles from freshman Calil Burnett (60 meters), sophomore Ricky Faure (mile) and junior Jordan Charles (60-meter hurdles).

Freshman Ja'la Henderson paced the Cowgirls' dominating effort with a personal-best leapt of 19-9 1/2 to win the long jump. The mark is second in the Mountain West this season and keeps her second in Cowgirl history in the event. Junior Audra DeStefano competed in her home town and won the 3,000 meters in 9:39, just two tenths of a second away from her personal best, while junior Mikalah Skates' winning time of 8.84 in the 60-meter hurdles was a season best. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis tied her personal best in the 60 meters in 7.53 to cross the line first. The Cowgirls also got event titles from freshman Ashley Snyder (200 meters), senior McKenzie Brogan (400 meters), sophomore Kim Robertson (800 meters), senior Sabina Sandberg (high jump), sophomore Day Timberman (triple jump) and freshman Emelda Malm-Annan (weight throw).

Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Wyoming had four all-time top-10 performances at the Power River Dual on Jan. 30. All four marks happened to come from the Cowgirls. Freshman Ja'la Handerson stayed second in the long jump with a leap of 19-9 1/2, while redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis stayed fourth in the 60 meters with a time of 7.53. Sophomore Lauren Hamilton ran the fourth-fastest mile in 4:57 and junior Megan Brunette claimed the seventh-fastest 3,000 meters in 9:55. The current Cowboy roster owns 16 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming's indoor history, while the current Cowgirls have 21. Wyoming has 62 entrees between the two programs and the two seasons.

Checking the Indoor Rankings
Two Cowboys and two Cowgirls currently rank in the NCAA's top 50 of an event. Junior Jordan Charles is the top Cowboy at No. 29 in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.90, while senior Scott Carter is No. 40 in the triple jump at 50-8 3/4. Freshman Emelda Malm-Annan is the top Cowgirl at No. 37 in the weight throw with a toss of 64-3 1/4, while freshman Ja'la Henderson is No. 50 in the long jump at 19-9 1/2. Wyoming also leads the Mountain West in four individual events. Teamwise, the most recent USTFCCCA indoor regional team rankings have the Cowgirls and Cowboys both seventh in the Mountain.

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.

Next Up
The Cowboys and Cowgirls next host the Rocky Mountain Classic on Feb. 19 on the Hager-LeBar Indoor Track in War Memorial Fieldhouse. Events begin at 3 p.m. MT.