UW Track and Field to Host Robert Shine Invitational

Feb. 19, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Meet Information/Schedule

This Friday, Feb. 20, the University of Wyoming track and field teams will host the Robert Shine Invitational against Colorado State and Air Force in the War Memorial Fieldhouse.

The meet will begin at 4:30 p.m. with field events.

The standouts to look for on the men's side will be Wyoming 35lb weight thrower, Jake Shanklin and jumper Jeremiah James. Shanklin, who will be competing in his last meet at the War Memorial Fieldhouse, is currently fifth in the nation and has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with a throw of 71' 0.5". He will go up against Colorado State's NCAA provisional qualifier, Alex Godell who owns a throw of 65' 5" this season. James will be heavily watched for his eighth-straight win in the long jump. James has won his last seven long jump events that he has competed in for Wyoming and will also be competing in the triple jump this meet.

On the women's side, Wyoming freshman Kelly Gray faces tough competition against Air Force's shot put thrower Sara Neubaur who is provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship with a throw of 49' 11.25". Even more difficult is Colorado State's Missy Faubus who is also nationally ranked and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with a throw of 50' 8".

In addition to this meet's key standouts, look forward to the return of three time All-American runner Mark Korir. He will be making his first indoor track appearance of the season in the one-mile run. Korir has been out the entire indoor season due to injury.

Head coach Don Yentes said, "We are looking to build a little confidence and get a little better technically in some events heading into the conference meet next weekend."

This will be Wyoming's last meet before heading to the Mountain West Conference Championship next Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28, in Colorado Springs, Colo., hosted by the Air Force Academy.

The Shine Invitational is named after Laramie local Dr. Robert Shine who gave the money for Wyoming's current indoor track.

"Dr. Robert Shine has been a great ambassador for University of Wyoming Track and Field over the years," said Yentes.