Wyoming Track and Field Looking To Make Noise at MWC Indoor Championships

Feb. 23, 2005


The Wyoming Track and Field teams will head down to Colorado Springs this weekend for the 2005 Indoor Mountain West Conference Championships. Both teams will be looking to improve on last years fourth place finishes.

The Cowgirls are led by the two senior All-Americans in Shauna Smith and Jessica Fox. Smith will be looking to defend her title in the 60 meter hurdles as she currently has the best time in the conference and the 28th best in the nation, 8.42. The Cowgirls hold the top three fastest times so far this season in the MWC in the 400 meter dash.Smith will try to earn her first title while holding the best time in this event and presently ranks 17th in the nation at 53.64. Just ahead of teammates Fox (53.70), who has the 19th best time in the nation, and Amanda Hopper (54.82). Fox is the defending conference champion in the 200 meters and also currently holds the fastest time this year, 24.32. She also has the fourth best time in the 60 meter dash (7.59). Senior Tanice Barnett will look to better her third place performance in the 800 meters from last years MWC Championships and freshman Gladys Jerotich has a chance to contribute in the 3,000 meters with the fourth best time this year at 9:58.57. The Cowgirl relay teams also rank among the best in the conference heading into this weekend. The 4x400 meter relay team recorded the best time in the conference so far this year with a time of 3:40.85, which is ten seconds better than the next best time. The distance medley relay team currently holds the second best time of 12:08.30, only three seconds behind Utah.

The Cowboys are led by their field event athletes in Blake Jackson, and returning All-Americans Zack Schaefer and Kyle Herl. Herl will be defending his title in the 35 pound weight throw from last year when he finished just ahead of Schaefer. This season they have switched places with Schaefer having the second best throw in the conference of 67' 10-3/4" and Herl ranks fourth with a throw of 66' 1-1/2".Both of these throws also currently fly as the 11th and 18th best in the nation. Jackson finished second last year in the triple jump and currently holds the second best jump of the year of 52' 2-3/4".This distance marks as the sixth best jump in the nation. He also has recorded the furthest long jump in the conference this year of 23'11-1/4". Returning All-American Jeremiah Johnson will try to defend his title in the 800 meters, but will have to hold off teammate Jeremy Thompson who currently has the second best time in the conference this year of 1:51.95. Both of the men's relay teams will look to contribute with each of them holding the third best times in the conference.

The MWC Championships will begin on Thursday with the multi-events and end on Saturday. Results will be posted on the MWC website, www.themwc.com.