LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams head to their first high-profile meet this weekend at New Mexico's Don Kirby Invite. The Cowboys and Cowgirls are coming off 11 event titles at last Friday's Air Force Team Challenge, including all-time top-10 marks from four student-athletes, as sophomore Kerry White was named the Mountain West's Female Track Athlete of the Week. Now UW's squads face their most challenging field of the season at the Albuquerque Convention Center, though. Wyoming will return to the same facility in two weeks for the MW Indoor Championships. Events for the Don Kirby begin at 4 p.m. MT on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
"All of the events this weekend will be elite field, so we are taking our athletes down that we think can score at the conference meet," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "It will give them a chance to go against some great competition in the facility that we'll compete in for the MW Indoor Championships. Our hope is that we'll get a lot of season-best performances this weekend to build on in two weeks at the conference meet."
Last Time Out: Wyoming Wins 11 Events at Air Force Team Challenge
Sophomore Kerry White and junior Amos Bowen ran personal bests to win the 800 and 3,000 meters, respectively, and help the University of Wyoming track and field teams claim victories in 11 events last Friday at the Air Force Team Challenge.
"I thought we competed much better here than we did in Gillette," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We knew the kids we brought down here could do well and they really stepped up and won a lot of events. It's a big step in the right direction. I wasn't happy with how our kids competed in Gillette, so this was good to see so we can continue down that path toward the conference meet."
White crossed the line in the 800 meters in an altitude-converted 2:11.76, which ranks third in the Mountain West this season and keeps her third in school history in the event. Sophomore Cassidy Meade ran a personal-best 2:12 for third in the race and sixth in Cowgirl history. Fellow sophomore Audra DeStefano won the mile in 4:57, while sophomore Megan Brunette accomplished the same in the 3,000 meters in 10:16. Junior Sabina Sandberg was first in the high jump at 5-7. Senior Shreese Daniels topped the field in the weight throw at 60-6 1/2 and senior Katie Higgins was runner-up at 57-3 3/4. Wyoming's mile relay won in 3:52.
Bowen's 4:10 won the men's mile, while freshman Ricky Faure ran 1:51 to earn a victory in the 800 meters. Sophomore Jordan Charles ran 8.06 to finish first in the 60-meter hurdles and was followed in second by senior Colin Herold in 8.09. Junior Scott Carter topped the field in the triple jump at 47-7 1/4. Wyoming went first through fourth in the weight throw. Junior Tyler Anderson won at 64-1 3/4, while senior Devin Garcia's runner-up toss of 58-5 3/4 was a personal best. They were followed by senior Paul Thomas and sophomore Damon Unland. The Cowboys also got second-place finishes from senior Jason Roascio and freshman Garrett Lynch. Roascio ran personal-best 22.12 in the 200 meters and Lynch threw a personal-best 53-11 3/4 in the shot put.
White Named MW Female Track Athlete of the Week
Wyoming's Kerry White was named the Mountain West Female Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The weekly award was the first of her career. White, a sophomore from Te Aroha, New Zealand, won the 800 meters at last Friday's Air Force Team Challenge in Colorado Springs, Colo. Her altitude-converted time of 2:11.76 was a personal best and ranked third in Cowgirl indoor history in the event, while placing third in the conference this season. She also ran a leg on Wyoming's winning 4x400-meter relay on Friday.
Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Four Wyoming student-athletes had all-time top-10 performances at last Friday's Air Force Team Challenge. Sophomore Kerry White ran 2:11.76 to stay third in school history in the 800 meters, while fellow sophomore Cassidy Meade clocked 2:12.73 to move up to sixth in the event. Senior Jason Roascio and junior McKenzie Brogan posted the 10th-fastest performances in the 200 and 400 meters, respectively. Roascio ran 22.12 and Brogan finished in 56.46. The current Cowboy roster owns 19 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 21 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. 29 in the weight throw with a toss of 64-10 in the Power Meet on Dec. 12. Sophomore Jordan Charles is the only Wyoming student-athlete to lead the Mountain West, as his 8.06 in the 60-meter hurdles is the fastest in the conference this season. In the latest USTFCCCA's team rankings, the Cowboys and Cowgirls both moved up one spot to 10th in the mountain region. During the 2014 indoor campaign, the Cowboys finished eighth and the Cowgirls were 12th.
Wyoming hosts the Rocky Mountain Classic on Feb. 20 in War Memorial Fieldhouse.