Feb. 19, 2014
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 and Northern Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Classic on the Hager-LeBar Indoor Track in War Memorial Fieldhouse. Field events start at 3 p.m. MT and running events at 4:30 p.m. MT. Fans can follow live updates of the meet through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyoathletics.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls are coming off a weekend where they combined to post 12 new top-10 marks in Wyoming's record books at meets in Albuquerque and Seattle. The UW men posted seven marks, including the second-fastest times in the 800 meters by Harry Fisher and the 60-meter hurdles by Colin Herold. The UW women earned five marks, including the third-fastest 5,000 meters by Holly Page and the third-fastest 800 meters by Kerry White. Wyoming has five athletes who currently place in the top 50 of the national rankings.
"Our whole team won't compete this weekend, but this is still a valuable meet for us to host," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We are trying to fine tune a few things for those who compete. We have a lot of athletes that are very close to hitting that huge mark or having that fast race. This meet just helps us get them one step closer to having that perfect conference performance next weekend at Air Force."
Last Time Out: Fisher's 800 Paces Wyoming Track & Field on Saturday
Graduate student Harry Fisher ran the University of Wyoming's second-fastest indoor 800 meters ever at 1:49.29 to highlight 12 top-10 all-time performances for the Cowboy and Cowgirls track and field programs during last Saturday's Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., and Don Kirby Elite Invite in Albuquerque, N.M.
"It seems like we had kids everywhere, but overall they competed well across the board and we got a lot of top-10 performances," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "That being said, we have a lot of things to clean up before conference in two weeks. Our schedule has progressively become more stressful and challenging, but the kids responded well to this weekend's meets. We had a lot of kids perform their very best, but also a lot of kids that were solid like they have been all year. The goal now is just to get that little bit more out of them in two weeks to reach our goal of top-three finishes at the conference meet."
Fisher paced the Pokes in Albuquerque by running to his third individual 800 title this season with a 1:49.29 to set a personal best by two seconds. His time is the fastest in the Mountain West this season and currently ranks 25th in the NCAA. Fellow graduate student Thomas Atkinson was right behind him in 1:52.15 for eighth overall, which ranks eighth all-time in UW history. Junior Colin Herold and sophomore Scott Carter were equally as impressive in the 60-meter hurdles. Herold posted UW's second-fastest time ever in the event at 8.08 and Carter ran 8.27 for eighth in Cowboy history. Freshman Jordan Charles crossed the line in the 60 meters in 6.92 for 10th on UW's indoor chart.
Senior Candace Wollert finished third in the women's 800 meters in 2:11.39, less than a second off her own school record. Her time was a season best and is the fifth fastest in the MW this season. Freshman Kerry White crossed the line right behind her in fourth at 2:11.80 for another personal-best time, which improves her third all-time mark for UW. Sophomore Kereston Thomas ran 7.64 in the 60 meters and senior Audrey West crossed the line in 7.70.
Senior Mason Finley highlighted Wyoming's performance in Seattle. He claimed his fifth shot put title of the season with a throw of 62-5 to finish first. Senior Garrett Zans ran 8:14.80 for eighth in the 3,000 meters and was less than half a second away from his personal best. Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano finished fifth in the race on the women's side in 9:53.62 to put her fifth all-time in Wyoming history in the event.
Rock Springs senior Ricky Faure, who signed with the Cowboys last week, is now leading the nation in two events. He won last weekend's Simplot Games in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:10.22. The mark broke the meet's previous record of 4:10.58 in 2008 by Luke Puskedra and is currently the fastest indoor mile by a prep athlete in the nation. He also ranks first in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.90.
Top-10 Marks Piling Up
The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined to post 12 new top-10 marks last weekend in Albuquerque and Seattle. The Wyoming men notched seven marks, including the second-fastest 800 meters in school history by Harry Fisher at 1:49.29 and the second-fastest 60-meter hurdles by Colin Herold in 8.08. The Wyoming women earned five marks, including third-fastest 5,000 meters by Holly Page in 17:02.09 and the third-fastest 800 meters by Kerry White in 2:11.80. The current Cowboy roster owns 15 individual marks in Wyoming's all-time top 10, including one school record, while the Cowgirls have 22 individual marks and two school records.
Wyoming Tracksters in National Rankings
Five Cowboys and Cowgirls currently place in the top 50 of four 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, while graduate student Harry Fisher is No. 28 in the 800 meters at 1:49.29. Sophomore Tyler Anderson is 31st in the weight throw with a toss of 65-11. Senior Jenna Mann is the top Cowgirl at 32nd in the pentathlon at 3,784 points. Junior Shreese Daniels is 35th in the weight throw with a mark of 65-7 1/2.Finley's shot and Fisher's 800 both rank first in the Mountain West.
Nine Student-Athletes Join Wyoming on Signing Day
Wyoming head coach Bryan Berryhill announced on Feb. 13 that nine student-athletes signed a National Letter of Intent to compete as Cowboys and Cowgirls beginning in the fall of 2014. UW's 2014 class was 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.
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)
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)
Cowboys and Cowgirls In the Regional Rankings
The Cowboys and Cowgirls continue to be in the top 10 in the most recent USTFCCCA regional polls. The UW men are now ninth after starting the season eighth, while the UW women are 10th and have climbed as high as seventh. 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 travels to the Mountain West Indoor Championships on Feb. 27 through March 1 at the Cadet Field House on the Air Force Academy.