LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men’s and women’s track and field teams travel to the 2016 Mountain West Indoor Championships this weekend at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Hosted by the Lobos, the meet begins at 11 a.m. MT on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Fans can follow live results and live video through GoWYO.com.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls made their final adjustments for the conference meet by hosting the Rocky Mountain Classic last Friday in War Memorial Fieldhouse. Wyoming combined to win 14 of the meet’s 22 events, highlighted by four all-time top-10 performances, two school records and two facility records. Junior Jordan Charles was the highlight for the Cowboys with a facility-record 7.13 in the 55-meter hurdles, which converted to a 60-meter hurdle time of 7.68 to break his own school record and rank ninth in the NCAA. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis ran 6.84 in the 55 meters to tie a facility record, as her 60-meter time of 7.36 tied her personal best and kept her second in Cowgirl history in the event.
“On the women’s side, it is going to be a close team race between second to sixth and we will fit somewhere in there,” UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. “Hopefully we can get into that top three. We have a lot of youth there that is doing really well now. Where we finish is going to depend on them. On the men’s side, from a team perspective, we have quite a few guys ranked in the top three. Those guys are going to have to come through for us and get those big points. We need to get those first- and second-place finishes.”
History at the MW Indoor Championships
The Cowboys’ top finish at the Mountain West Indoor Championships came in 2000 when they finished second with 142 points, their highest point total ever. The UW men haven’t finished higher than fourth since then. The Cowboys have earned 33 individual MW titles, including one last season with Jordan Charles in the 60-meter hurdles. The Cowgirls’ top finish at the MW Indoor Championships was second in 2014, while their highest point total of 101 came in 2002. The Cowgirls have claimed 21 individual MW titles, including Holly Page in the 3,000 meters last season.
Last Time Out: Charles Sets Facility and School Records at Rocky Mountain Classic
Junior Jordan Charles set facility and school records in the 55-meter hurdles at the Rocky Mountain Classic last Friday afternoon, but he wasn’t the only University of Wyoming track and field student-athlete to shine. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis tied a facility record in the 55 meters on the Hager-LeBar Indoor Track at War Memorial Fieldhouse, while sophomore Day Timberman broke her own school record in the triple jump.
“Our kids love competing here at home,” UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. “We purposely put these meets at home before the conference meet so they can gain some confidence.”
Charles won the 55-meter hurdles with a blazing time of 7.13 to break the previous facility record of 7.23 by Greg Hines of Clemson in 1998. The time converts to a 60-meter hurdles mark of 7.68, which breaks Charles’ own school record of 7.87 he set last season. With the addition of an altitude conversion, Charles time of 7.72 ranks seventh in the NCAA this season.
Five other Cowboys also won events on Friday, including senior Scott Carter with a season-best leap of 51-0 1/4 in the triple jump. The mark was just three inches shy of his personal best. Freshman Kyle Alexander won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 22-6 1/2 to better his previous mark by four inches. Senior Tyler Anderson was first in the weight throw with a toss of 63-4, while sophomore Calum Kepler and junior Alex Pawlak crossed the line first in the 800 meters and mile in 1:57 and 4:22, respectively.
Davis and Timberman paced eight event titles for the Cowgirls. Davis won the 55 meters in 6.84 to tie the facility record by Janay DeLoach in 2005. Her time coverts to 7.36 for 60 meters, which ties her personal best and keeps her second in school history in the event. Timberman furthered her own school record in the triple jump by almost four inches with a leap of 40-2 1/4.
Other victories for the Wyoming women included senior McKenzie Brogan in the 300 meters with a time of 39.75, freshman Ja’la Henderson in the long jump with a mark of 19-6 and freshman Emelda Malm-Annan in the weight throw at 62-3.
Rewriting Wyoming’s All-Time Top 10
Wyoming had four all-time top-10 performances at last Friday’s Rocky Mountain Classic, including two school records and two facility records. Junior Jordan Charles set a facility record in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.13, which converts to 7.68 to break his own school record. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis posted a time of 6.84 in the 55 meters to tie a facility record, while her converted time of 7.36 ties her personal best and keeps her second in Cowgirl history. Sophomore Day Timberman notched a mark of 40-2 1/4 to break her own school record in the triple jump, while sophomore Melina Harris ran the 10th-fastest 60 meters in 7.64. The current Cowboy roster owns 16 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming’s indoor history, while the current Cowgirls have 23, including 15 this season. UW has 64 entrees between the two programs and the two seasons.
Checking the Indoor Rankings
Two Cowboys and two Cowgirls currently rank in the NCAA’s top 50 of an event. Junior Jordan Charles is the top Cowboy at No. 9 in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.72, while senior Scott Carter is No. 38 in the triple jump at 51-0 1/4. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis is the top Cowgirl at No. 32 in the 60 meters in 7.38, while freshman Emelda Malm-Annan is No. 39 in the weight throw with a toss of 64-3 1/4. Wyoming also leads the Mountain West in five individual events, including all four athletes previously mentioned. Teamwise, the most recent USTFCCCA indoor regional rankings have the Cowgirls seventh and the Cowboys ninth in the Mountain.
Natives of the Equality State
Wyoming’s track and field roster of 99 student-athletes features 48 native of the Equality State, more than the combined total of all other sports at UW. Berryhill’s group also has strong ties to the state of Colorado with 21 natives of the Centennial State on the current roster.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls that qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships will compete at the national meet on March 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala., while the rest of the Wyoming squad will start the outdoor season on March 18 at the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo.