Feb. 13, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
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 rest of the team will travel to the Don Kirby Elite Invitational 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 or updates through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyoathletics.
Wyoming returns to action after being off last weekend. Previously, the Cowboys and Cowgirls both came away with wins in the Powder River Dual on Jan. 31 in Gillette, Wyo. Sophomore Tyler Anderson highlighted the day for the UW men with a victory in the weight throw, while sophomore Kereston Thomas, senior Jenna Mann and junior Shreese Daniels each won two events for the UW women.
"Our main goal this weekend is to take that last step to get better before the conference meet," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "This is our last chance to fix any problems and build some momentum to carry into the Mountain West Championships. Seattle is a proven meet that produces some good times in the distance events and many of our throws have ties to the area, so we wanted to get them back there. New Mexico is a fast track as well and is hosting the NCAA Indoor meet this season, so it'll be good to get some races in on it."
Last Time Out: Cowboys and Cowgirls Victorious in Powder River Dual
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams won 21 of 28 events during the Powder River Dual on Jan. 31 to beat Montana State for both titles in the Campbell County Recreation Center. The Cowboys claimed an 89-61 win with 11 event victories, while the Cowgirls earned first in 10 events for an 86-64 win.
"I thought it was a total team effort," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "On paper it should have been a lot closer, but we went in with a lot of fight and won a lot more events than I thought we would. There weren't really any holes out there for us today. We had a lot of mental errors and things we didn't do well last weekend, so to see them bounce back and put forth that kind of effort today says a lot about where they are mentally."
Sophomore Tyler Anderson improved his personal best by winning the weight throw in 65-11. The mark is more than a foot better than his performance last weekend and moved him into 21st in the nation in the event. Graduate student Harry Fisher ran his first race in brown and gold and won the 800 meters in 1:51.54 to place fourth on UW's all-time indoor charts, while junior Aaron Derner and senior Garrett Zans earned top-10 marks in the 3,000 meters. Derner ran a personal-best 8:14.38 for fourth all-time and Zans improved his personal best as well with an 8:14.50 for fifth. Junior Kyle Sullivan was the only Cowboy to win two events during the dual, as he took home the title in high jump at 6-2 3/4 and cleared a personal-best 12-11 1/2 to win the pole vault.
Sophomore Kereston Thomas, senior Jenna Mann and junior Shreese Daniels paced the Cowgirls with two event titles each. Thomas won the 60 meters in 7.61 and the 200 meters in 24.59, while Mann placed first in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.58 and the long jump at 18-7. Daniels threw 46-7 1/4 in the shot put and 62-8 3/4 in the weight throw to win both events. Junior Holly Page and redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano went one and two in the 3,000 meters and ran the top two times in the Mountain West this season. Page crossed the line in 9:49.02, just one second off her personal best, while DeStefano finished in a personal-best 9:54.58 for sixth on UW's all-time list. Freshman Kerry White competed in her first collegiate meet and finished second in the 800 meters in 2:13.38 for sixth all-time in Cowgirl history.
Nine Student-Athletes Join Wyoming on Signing Day
Wyoming head coach Bryan Berryhill announced on Thursday that nine student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to compete as Cowboys and Cowgirls beginning in the fall of 2014. UW's 2014 class is highlighted by the nation's top-ranked 800 meter runner in Ricky Faure and rounded out by student-athletes with extended accomplishments from state championships. The class includes six natives of Wyoming and student-athletes from a total of three states.
Cowboy Signees:Clay Carlson - Sprints - Casper, Wyo. (Kelly Walsh HS)Ricky Faure - Middle Distance - Rock Springs, Wyo. (Rock Springs HS)Jonah Henry - Distance - Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie HS)Garrett Lynch - Throws - Powell, Wyo. (Powell HS)
Cowgirl Signees:Quinn DeStefano - Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County HS)Rebecca Harris - Hurdles/Jumps - Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sand Creek HS)Kimberly Robertson - Middle Distance - Lovell, Wyo. (Lovell HS)Madison Seaman - Throws - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Lane Community College)
More Top-10 Marks Fall
Wyoming continued to put several new top-10 marks on the record books last weekend when a few individuals went to small meets. Senior Jenna Mann already owned the school record in the pentathlon, but notched 3,784 points in Lincoln to improve the mark. Freshman Kerry White jumped from sixth to third in the 800 meters with a 2:11.90 in Gillette, while fellow freshman Cassidy Meade posted the 10th-fastest time at 2:14.56. Graduate student Thomas Atkinson ran the 800 meters in 1:53.20 for 10th on the men's top-10 list. The current Cowboy roster owns 12 individual marks in Wyoming's all-time top 10, including one school record, while the Cowgirls have 22 individual marks and two school records.
Climbing the Regional Rankings
The Cowboys and Cowgirls continue to move up the most recent USTFCCCA regional polls. The UW men started the indoor season in ninth, but are now eighth, while the UW women have jumped up to seventh from 12th. The Cowboys are the fourth Mountain West school and the Cowgirls are the third. Both polls can be seen on page three of the notes.
Wyoming Tracksters in National Rankings
Four Cowboys and Cowgirls currently place in the top 50 of three 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 48th in the weight throw at 63-8 3/4. Sophomore Tyler Anderson is 28th in the weight throw with a toss of 65-11. Junior Shreese Daniels is the top Cowgirl at 29th in the weight throw with a mark of 65-7 1/2. Senior Jenna Mann is 31st in the pentathlon at 3,784 points. Finley's shot and Anderson's weight throw both rank first in the Mountain West.
Wyoming hosts the Rocky Mountain Classic on Feb. 21 in War Memorial Fieldhouse.