Five Cowboys and Two Cowgirls Earn All-MWC Honors

March 2, 2010


The Mountain West Conference has announced the Indoor Track and Field All-Conference team and five Wyoming Cowboys and two Cowgirls made the list, as the top three in each event at the recent indoor league championships were named to the team.

For the Cowboys, junior Jeremiah James was named to the list in three different events, the long jump, the triple jump and the high jump. He was joined by freshman Lenyn Leonce for his second place finish in the long jump, redshirt freshman Stephen Michel who placed second in the triple jump, sophomore Joe Plante who finished second in the 35lb weight throw and senior Jay Petsch who rounded out the field for the `Pokes with his third place finish in the men's heptathlon.

The Cowgirls named junior Afiya Walker to the list for her championship performance in the 400-meter dash, as well as sophomore Ashley Hutchinson in the 20lb weight throw.

James was awarded his third straight high-point award as well, scoring 26 points for the Cowboys. He added to his conference championship total, winning his seventh and eighth titles in just two and a half years. It was his third straight indoor long jump title and second straight triple jump crown, while being named to the all-conference list five times.

Plante earns his second all-conference award, while for Leonce, Michel and Petsch it was their first awards.

Walker won her first conference championship and first all-conference honor since becoming a Cowgirl. Newcomer, Hutchinson, earned her first award while performing in her first conference championship for the Cowgirls.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls have two team members that have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships meet, to be held in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday and Saturday March 12-13. James is currently ranked 15th in the nation in the triple jump and 29th in the long jump, he is provisionally qualified in both events. While Walker is currently 17th in the 400-meter dash following her performance last weekend at the MWC Championships.