LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams look to make final adjustments for the conference championships on Friday when they host Air Force, Colorado State and Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Classic on the Hager-LeBar Indoor Track in War Memorial Fieldhouse. The Cowboys and Cowboys had solid showings at several high-profile meets last weekend in New Mexico's Don Kirby Invite and Iowa State's ISU Classic. Senior Holly Page paced a group of eight all-time top-10 performances for Wyoming with a school-record 16:20 in the 5,000 meters. For the Cowboys, freshman Ricky Faure continued to impress with the fifth-fastest 800 meters in UW history. Wyoming's field events are primed for big marks as well, as the group historically performs very well in the Fieldhouse. Field events on Friday start at 3 p.m. MT and running events at 5:30 p.m. Fans can follow live updates of the meet through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyoathletics.
"Our kids always compete well at home and I think it's a comfort level," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "A lot of it has to do with the fact they compete here every day, so our kids are confident in this building and that shows when we host meets. We need to focus on technique to continue our momentum from last weekend. That will help our consistency."
Last Time Out: Middle Distance Shines for Wyoming on Saturday
The Cowboy and Cowgirl middle distance squads combined for five all-time top-10 marks for the University of Wyoming track and field team's at three meets last Saturday. Freshman Ricky Faure ran the fifth-fastest 800 meters in Cowboy history, while sophomore Kerry White notched the second-fastest 800 meters in Cowgirl annals.
"Looking at these two days from field events to hurdles to middle distance, I thought as a program we got better," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "When you combine those two days, I think you have to be pretty satisfied and that will help us a lot in two weeks when we go back to Albuquerque for the Mountain West Championships."
Faure ran a personal-best 1:51.15 to win the 800 meters at the Don Kirby Invite in Albuquerque, N.M. The altitude-converted time moves him to fifth on Wyoming's indoor top-10 list in the event, while ranking second in the Mountain West this season. Faure has won all four individual events he has run this indoor season. Graduate student Thomas Atkinson finished runner-up in the race in a personal-best 1:51.30, good for sixth in Cowboy history and fourth in the conference this season.
White was just as impressive in the women's 800 meters, placing second in a personal-best 2:11.15, good for second in Cowgirl history and third in the conference. Other solid performances in Albuquerque included sophomore Jordan Charles finishing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in a season-best 8.05, the fastest time in the MW this season.
At the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, sophomore Audra DeStefano notched the second-fastest 3,000 meters in school history in a personal-best 9:39.51, just three seconds away from the school record, to place 13th in the race. Junior Amos Bowen had a career best in the men's race at 8:17.64 to rank seventh in Cowboy history and finish 26th in the race.
At Adams State's NCAA Qualifier in Alamosa, Colo., senior Aaron Derner won the 5,000 meters in 14:46, while junior Mike Seas was fifth in 15:29. Redshirt freshman Garrett Westlake was ninth in the mile at 4:26.
Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Eight Wyoming student-athletes had all-time top-10 performances last weekend at meets in Albuquerque, N.M. and Ames, Iowa. Senior Holly Page set her second school record this indoor season with a time of 16:20 in the 5,000 meters, while sophomores Kerry White and Audra DeStefano ran the second-fastest 800 and 3,000 meters, respectively. Junior McKenzie Brogan notched the No. 9 time in Cowgirl history in the 400 meters. For the Cowboys, freshman Ricky Faure posted the fifth-fastest 800 meters, while graduate student Thomas Atkinson was No. 6 in the same event. Junior Amos Bowen notched the seventh-fastest 3,000 meters and fellow junior Dylan Morin the eight-fastest 5,000 meters. The current Cowboy roster owns 20 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 two school records this season.
Checking the Indoor Rankings
Just two Cowgirls currently ranks in the NCAA's top 50 of an event. Senior Shreese Daniels is No. 31 in the weight throw with a toss of 65-0 1/2 at last weekend's Don Kirby Invite, while senior Holly Page is No. 32 in the 5,000 meters after running 16:20 at last weekend's Iowa State Classic. Sophomore Jordan Charles is the only Wyoming student-athlete to lead the Mountain West, as his 8.05 in the 60-meter hurdles is the fastest in the conference this season. In the latest USTFCCCA's team rankings, the Cowgirls stayed 10th in the mountain region, while the Cowboys dropped one spot to 11th. During the 2014 indoor campaign, the Cowboys finished eighth and the Cowgirls were 12th.
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 on Feb. 10. The weekly award was the first of her career. White, a sophomore from Te Aroha, New Zealand, won the 800 meters at the Air Force Team Challenge in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 6. Her altitude-converted time of 2:11.76 was a personal best at the time 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.
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.
Wyoming starts the 2015 Mountain West Indoor Championships on Feb. 26 in Albuquerque, N.M.