Wyoming Track Aims For Conference Supremacy

Feb. 21, 2012


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There is a lot on the line at the Mountain West Indoor Track Championships, which begin this week in Albuquerque, N.M. The University of Wyoming track and field teams will compete in the three-day event, beginning Thursday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The schedule
Action starts Thursday with the men's heptathlon and women's heptathlon. The Friday slate features a combination of finals and preliminaries, while Saturday's action wraps up at 2:30 p.m. MT with the awards ceremony.

He said it
Wyoming head coach Don Yentes knows he doesn't have the sheer numbers of other programs, but believes his athletes can make an impact.

"For us to be successful, we have to be on our game, totally," Yentes said. "We just don't have the numbers that the other schools do. I want to try to get as many kids All-Conference (honors) as possible.

"Every area that we've got kids in, we can compete very well in the conference. Unfortunately, some areas aren't as deep as others. We'll bus it down there and see what we can do."

Last year
UW has five returning All-Conference selections from last season, including junior Tyler Skinner in the high jump. Senior Ashley Hutchinson was All-MW in the weight throw and Erin Kirby, Lindsey Simmons and Diana Long earned the honor as members of the women's 4-by-400-meter relay team.

Conference ranks
Below are the ranks of Wyoming athletes in the top-20 of their respective events in the MW this season.
60-meter dash: 7. Travis Gunderson; 7. Stephen Michel; 7. Lenyn Leonce
200 dash: 12. Leonce; 18. Michel
800 run: 14. Ken Lane
1 mile: 12. Caleb Her Many Horses; 17. Taylor Kelting
3,000 run: 6. Kelting; 20. Michael Banks
5,000 run: 2. Kelting; 10. Garrett Zans; 13. Tyler Gifford; 15. Ryan Griesbach
60-meter hurdles: 6. Brandon Douglass; 8. Colin Herold; 9. Michael Tasker; 11. Mark Flegel; 15. Aaron Praska; 16. Kyle Sullivan
4-by-400-meter relay: 6. Wyoming
High jump: 5. Tyler Skinner; 10. Sullivan; 19. Douglass
Pole vault: 17. Douglass
Long jump: 3. Leonce; 10. Douglass; 11. Michel; 20. Jaymes Talkington
Triple jump: 6. Michel; 9. Talkington
Shot put: 16. Henry Ferreira; 17. Dalton Sybrant
Weight throw: 2. Joe Plante; 5. Mark Sparks; 6. Sybrant
Heptathlon: 4. Douglass; 12. Sullivan

60-meter dash: 10. Chantel Bernabo; 13. Samantha Kee; 16. Audrey West
200 dash: 8. Lindsey Simmons; 10. Kee; 12. Taylor Gardner; 19. Diana Long
400 dash: 9. Erin Kirby; 14. Candace Wollert; 17. Simmons
800 run: 5. Wollert; 16. Olivia Heaston
1 mile: 19. Andrea Klimowski
3,000 run: 6. Holly Page; 20. Abi Bever
5,000 run: 7. Page; 11. Bever; 19. Emily Swigart
60-meter hurdles: 6. Jenna Mann; 7. Kirby; 13. Maggie Ochsner
4-by-400-meter relay: 4. Wyoming
Triple jump: 15. Emily Moore; 20. Shanae Lawson
Shot put: 5. Ashley Hutchinson; 7. Mollie Dahl; 8. Shreese Daniels
Weight throw: 2. Hutchinson; 7. Daniels; 14. Anna George; 19. Kristen Nielsen

What's at stake
Should Wyoming have an athlete rank among the top-16 performances in the nation at the end of the meet, that athlete could earn a spot at NCAA Nationals on March 9-10 in Boise, Idaho. The NCAA Last-Chance Qualifier is March 3 in Ames, Iowa.