Feb. 27, 2008
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LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It all comes down to this, the Indoor Track and Field Mountain West Conference Championships, held this weekend February 28th through Saturday March 1st, in Colorado Springs, Colo. With three individuals already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships and one automatically qualified, it has the ability to be a very successful weekend for the University of Wyoming track and field teams.
Junior Jake Shanklin, with his 35lb weight throw of 71' 10 1/4", third in the nation, is the lone UW athlete to already automatically qualify for the Championships. Shanklin looks to defend his title from last year when he won the event with a toss of 66' 10 3/4".
Also for the Cowboys, junior Mark Korir has provisionally qualified for the Championships with his second place finish at the Husky Classic earlier this year, when he ran a time of 13:57 in the 5,000-meter, also the fastest in the MWC this season. In last year's MWC Championships, Korir took the title in the 3,000-meter, with a time of 8:19.
Junior Sam Lambert joins Korir and Shanklin as the third Cowboy to qualify provisionally, with his toss of 66' 5 3/4" in the 35lb weight throw.
In last year's MWC Championships the Cowboys came away in fourth place and four individual titles. Returning All-Conference from last year's meet is sophomore jumper John Alderson with his second place finish in the triple jump, and sophomore Keith Brauneis who combined with Korir to take third in the distance medley relay.
For the Cowgirls, senior Kate Burton has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 20lb weight throw at the Air Force Invite earlier this month, with her toss of 63' 6 1/4". Burton currently owns the longest throw in the conference this season.
In last year's Championships, the Cowgirls placed fifth and return one member who qualified for All-Conference. Junior Shaylee Babbitt looks to improve on her second place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, she presently owns the top time in the MWC in that event.
Along with Babbitt, senior Sharon Larrier leads the MWC in the 400m with her time she ran at the Husky Classic, 54.84.