LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams host their third meet of the indoor season Friday when the Cowboys and Cowgirls compete in the Rocky Mountain Classic in Laramie. Representatives from Air Force, Colorado and Colorado State will also be on hand for field events at 3 p.m. MT and running events at 5 p.m. on the Hager-LeBar Indoor Track in War Memorial Fieldhouse. Fans can follow live updates through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyo_track.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls were split between two meets last weekend, as the majority of the student-athletes went to the Don Kirby Invite in Albuquerque, N.M. and a group of throwers and distance runners competed in the Husky Classic in Seattle as well. The two tallied nine marks in Wyoming's all-time top 10, though, including an impressive eight by the Cowgirls. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis ran the fourth-fastest 60 meters in Cowgirl history last Friday and jumped to second the next day with an even faster time. Senior Aaron Derner paced the Cowboys with the fifth-fastest 5,000 meters in school history.
"We are coming off a good weekend where we went to two bigger meets away from home, so it's nice to get the kids back home where they are comfortable and confident," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Hopefully, if there is any last little things we need to work on, we can get those addressed here on Friday before the conference championships next weekend."
Last Time Out: Cowgirls Continue Attack on Record Books on Saturday
After notching three all-time top-10 showings the previous day, the University of Wyoming women's track and field team added five more last Saturday. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis ran the second-fastest 60 meters in Cowgirl history at the Don Kirby Invite in Albuquerque, N.M., while junior Audra DeStefano did the same in the 3,000 meters at the Husky Classic in Seattle.
"I thought we got a lot better as a team," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We improved in most areas. The Cowgirls are a young group, but passionate about what they are doing and very confident. It was nice to perform well in Albuquerque on a banked 200-meter track. It will give our kids some confidence they did it here, so they can do it here again at the conference meet."
Davis clocked a 7.36 in the semifinals and followed with a 7.37 in the finals to place third overall. Her time was just six hundredths of a second off the school record, as she has lowered her time in all four meets she's competed in this indoor season. The time is also the fastest in the Mountain West this season and 31st in the NCAA. Likewise, DeStefano's 9:32.83 improved her career best by seven seconds to keep her second in Cowgirl history and ranks second in the conference this season.
The Cowgirls also had three other historic marks in Albuquerque. Sophomore Lauren Hamilton moved up to third in UW history by placing fourth in the mile in 4:51.00, good for sixth in the MW this season, while junior Cassidy Meade finished sixth in the 800 meters in 2:11.84 for fourth in Cowgirl history and seventh in the conference. Senior McKenzie Brogan ran the second-fastest 400 meters in the MW this season in 54.91 to move up to eighth in UW's top 10 in the event. The Cowgirls have now posted 15 all-time marks in Wyoming's top 10 during the indoor season.
Sophomore Ricky Faure was the highlight for the Cowboys, as he won the 800 meters in Albuquerque. His time of 1:51 was less than a second away from his personal best and is third fastest in the MW this season. Freshman Bryce Ailshie finished fifth in the race in 1:53. Sophomore Clay Carlson ran a personal-best 49.20 for 24th in the 400 meters. Junior Jordan Charles ran 8.03 in the semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles, but false started in the finals.
Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Wyoming had nine all-time top-10 performances at two meets last weekend, including eight by the Cowgirls. In fact, the Wyoming women have tallied 15 all-time marks during the indoor season. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis and junior Audra DeStefano posted the second-fastest times in the 60 and 3,000 meters, respectively. Davis clocked a 7.36, while DeStefano finished in 9:32.83. Senior Aaron Derner was the lone Cowboy all-time showing with the fifth-fastest 5,000 meters in 14:24.02. The current Cowboy roster owns 16 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming's indoor history, while the current Cowgirls have 22. Wyoming has 63 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. 36 in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.90, while senior Scott Carter is No. 47 in the triple jump at 50-8 3/4. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis is the top Cowgirl at No. 31 in the 60 meters in 7.36, while freshman Emelda Malm-Annan is No. 39 in the weight throw with a toss of 64-3 1/4. Wyoming also leads the Mountain West in five individual events. Teamwise, the most recent USTFCCCA indoor regional team rankings have the Cowgirls seventh and the Cowboys ninth 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.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls head to the 2016 Mountain West Indoor Championships on Feb. 25-27 in Albuquerque, N.M.