Track & Field Heads South to Mountain West Indoor Championships

Feb. 25, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams travel to the 2015 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 16 of the meet's 22 events, highlighted by a personal-best weight throw of 68-1 by senior Shreese Daniels. Junior Tyler Anderson was almost as impressive in the weight throw for the Cowboys, as he tied his personal-best mark of 65-11. The two were named MW Field Athletes of the Week for their performances.

"As a program we want to get to a point where we have two top-three teams at the conference meet every year," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "That being said, we have our work cut out for us this weekend. We've gotten better every week this season, but we need to take a big step to accomplish those goals here. That's what we are going to shoot for, though. We'll go out there and try to get enough points to get both teams in the top three."

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 32 individual MW titles, including one last season with Mason Finley in the shot put. The Cowgirls' top finish at the MW Indoor Championships was second last season, while their highest point total of 101 came in 2002. The Cowgirls have claimed 20 individual MW titles, including Holly Page in the 5,000 meters and Kereston Thomas in the 200 meters last season.

Last Time Out: Daniels and Wyoming Dominate Friday's Home Meet
Senior Shreese Daniels uncorked a personal-best toss of 68-1, the 15th-farthest weight throw in the NCAA this season, to help the Wyoming track and field team's combine to earn 16 victories in 22 events during Friday's Rocky Mountain Classic in War Memorial Fieldhouse.

"I'm going to go back a month ago and say we didn't compete very well then and since we've really worked on competing better," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "I felt like we did that really well two weeks ago, better last week and maybe even a little bit better here. We didn't have our whole team competing, but the athletes that were out there competed very well. When we get to the conference championships, it's about that. It's about how fast you run, far you throw or far you jump for the team."

Daniels' victory in the weight throw was one of nine titles during the meet for the Cowgirls. Her 68-1 keeps her second in school history in the event and is the farthest in the Mountain West this season by more than two feet. Senior Audrey West took first in three events, including a personal-best 18-7 in the long jump, just one inch shy of UW's all-time top 10. She also won the 55 meters in 7.16 and 200 meters in 25.53. Sophomore Mikalah Skates crossed the line first in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.06, while sophomore Megan Welch's personal best 37-11 1/4 won the triple jump.

"Shreese had a couple big throws and that's what was exciting," Berryhill said. "It wasn't just one big throw. She had a couple others that could be right in there for winning a conference title. That's a big breakthrough for her."

Junior Tyler Anderson was almost as impressive in the weight throw for the Cowboys. His tied his personal-best mark of 65-11, good for first in the conference this season and 35th in the NCAA. Sophomore Jordan Charles won the 55 meters in 6.41 and the 55-meter hurdles in 7.34. Sophomore Bobby Wingeleth earned a personal-best 23-6 1/4 for a victory in the long jump.

Daniels and Anderson Earn Mountain West Weekly Honors
Wyoming's Shreese Daniels and Tyler Anderson were named the Mountain West Female and Male Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Tuesday. Daniels won the weekly award for the third time in her career, including twice this season, while Anderson earned the accolade for the first time in his career.

Daniels, a senior from Steilacoom, Wash., won the weight throw at last Friday's Rocky Mountain Classic with a personal-best toss of 68-1. Her mark kept her second in Cowgirl history in the event and currently leads the conference by more than two feet, while ranking 17th in the NCAA. Anderson, a junior from Lovell, Wyo., was nearly as impressive on the men's side of the weight throw. He tied his personal best at 65-11 to lead the conference in the event by more than seven inches. Anderson's throw was just two inches shy of Wyoming's all-time top 10 and currently ranks 37th in the nation.

Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Just one Wyoming student-athlete had an all-time top-10 performance at Friday's Rocky Mountain Classic. Senior Shreese Daniels threw a personal-best 68-1 in the weight throw to stay second in the event in Cowgirl history. The current Cowboy roster owns 20 individual top-10 outdoor marks, including a school-record 7.87 in the 60-meter hurdles by Jordan Charles last season, while the current Cowgirl roster has 21 individual marks, including Holly Page's two school records this season.

Checking the Indoor Rankings
Three Cowboys and Cowgirls currently rank in the NCAA's top 50 of an event. Senior Shreese Daniels is No. 17 in the weight throw after a toss of 68-1 at Friday's Rocky Mountain Classic, while senior Holly Page is No. 32 in the 5,000 meters after running 16:20 at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 13. Junior Tyler Anderson is No. 37 in the weight throw with a 65-11 at the Rocky Mountain Classic. Daniels and Anderson also lead the MW in their events, while sophomore Jordan Charles paces the conference in the 60-meter hurdles with a 7.95 at the Rocky Mountain Classic. In the latest USTFCCCA's team rankings, the Cowgirls stayed 10th in the mountain region, while the Cowboys moved up one spot to 10th. During the 2014 indoor campaign, the Cowboys finished eighth and the Cowgirls were 12th.

Natives of the Equality State
Wyoming's track and field roster of 87 student-athletes features 46 native of the Equality State. UW's football, basketball, wrestling, swimming and diving, soccer, golf and volleyball combine for just 38 Wyomingites. Berryhill's group also has strong ties to the state of Colorado with 16 natives of the Centennial State on the current roster.

Next Up
The Cowboys and Cowgirls that qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships will compete at the national meet on March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark., while the rest of the Wyoming squad will start the outdoor season on March 21 at the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo.