UW Track and Field Heads to MWC Championships

Feb. 25, 2009


For the eighth time in 10 years the Air Force Academy will be the site of the Indoor Mountain West Conference Track and Field Championships which will begin this Thursday and run through Saturday, Feb. 26-28.

The meet will begin with the women's pentathlon and men's heptathlon, Thursday at 11 a.m. The Wyoming Cowgirls and Cowboys will enter sophomore Britney Jackson and junior Jay Petsch into the multi-events. In Jackson's first year at the multi's she already owns the third-best score in UW history with her 3,186 points she scored earlier this season. As for Petsch he also owns the third best score in UW history and fifth best this season in the MWC with 4,961 points.

Friday will be the conclusion of the men's heptathlon and the track and field events will begin at 1 p.m. with the women's weight throw and women's 5,000-meter run kicking it off. Friday will mainly be qualifying for most of the track events with a few of the field event finals taking place.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls have a combined 14 athletes in the top-five in the conference thus far this season. They also enter the MWC Championships with three individuals leading their respective events.

First is senior Jake Shanklin, who leads the conference in the 35lb weight throw and currently holds the fifth-best throw in the nation. Shanklin is the two-time men's weight throw champion and 2008 Outstanding Performance Award recipient. He has already automatically qualified for the 2009 NCAA Championships, where he ended his 2008 campaign with his 11th place finish.

The second leading individual for the `Pokes is sophomore Jeremiah James in the long jump. James has dominated this event ever since arriving on campus as he is the returning MWC Champion and the 2008 High Point beneficiary, with his 21 points scored for the Cowboys.

The final leader comes from a Cowgirl thrower in sophomore Amanda Aimone. She leads the conference with her toss of 60' 0.5" which is good for 10th all-time in Cowgirl history.

"This weekend will be great experience for our young men's and women's teams," said head coach Don Yentes. "We have a couple athletes that are on the edge of qualifying and it would be nice to get some more into the NCAA Championships this season."

Live results can be found at www.themwc.com.