Track & Field's Charles Set to Make History at NCAA Meet

March 9, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Jordan Charles has a chance to do something no male hurdler at the University of Wyoming has ever done. Become an All-American. The Cowboy junior will seek to accomplish that feat when he competes in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor track and field Championships this weekend in Birmingham, Ala. Semifinals of the event will run on Friday at 5:10 p.m. MT, while the top eight individuals will advance to Saturday's final at 3:25 p.m. Fans can follow live results and live video through GoWYO.com, while live updates will be available through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyo_track. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

A native of Aurora, Colo., Charles enters the meet ranked 12th in the event after running an altitude- and track-converted time of 7.72 seconds at Wyoming's Rocky Mountain Classic on Feb. 19 in War Memorial Fieldhouse. The mark bettered Charles' own school of 7.87 and, before being converted, broke the 18-year-old facility record of 7.23 by Greg Hines of Clemson in 1998. Most recently, Charles finished runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.89 at the Mountain West Indoor Championships on Feb. 27. He also placed seventh in the 200 meters after running 21.53 in the prelims, the sixth-fastest time in Cowboy history.

"It's always great to see athletes reach their potential," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Jordan hasn't reached his full potential yet, but he is getting there and this is the next step in that process. The first step was winning a conference title last year and the natural progression was to try and make the NCAA meet this season. Now the goal is to make the final and earn All-America honors."

History at the NCAA Indoor Championships
The Cowboys have claimed a total of 29 All-America accolades at the NCAA Indoor Championships, including 16 during the Mountain West era. The most recent Cowboy to earn All-American was Mason Finley in the shot put with a 10th-place finish in 2014, while the last in a track event was Mark Korir in the 5,000 meters with a fourth-place finish in 2008. Wyoming has never had a male All-American in a hurdle event at the indoor or outdoor NCAA Championships.

Last Time Out: Carter's Title in Triple Jump Concludes MW Meet for Wyoming
Senior Scott Carter concluded the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships for the University of Wyoming with a title in the triple jump on Feb. 27. The Cowboys and Cowgirls both finished fifth in the team race with 70 and 59 points, respectively, and tallied 18 all-time top-10 performances during the three-day meet and won five total events.

"I thought our kids performed well," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "I liked the passion they competed with. We just came up a few points short of the top three, which is where we want to be. The women were there most of the meet, but just fell out at the end. Our young kinds and a lot of freshmen stepped up. We have to continue to build that depth. We have a handful of kids that can get first, second and third, but we have to get more kids so we can stay in the team race that last day."

Carter notched a personal-best 51-8 1/2 to finish first in the triple jump and move up to fifth in Wyoming history in the event. He earned the Cowboys' 35th individual MW indoor title and won the event indoors an eighth time for Wyoming in the 17-year history of the conference. Carter also ran a personal-best 8.05 in the 60-meter hurdles to place fourth on Saturday and stay fourth in Cowboy history. Junior Jordan Charles was runner-up in the event in 7.89 after winning the race last year and was seventh in the 200 meters in 21.72. Sophomore Ricky Faure was third in the 800 meters at 1:50.91, while senior Aaron Derner was seventh in the 3,000 meters in 8:17.25. Wyoming's 4x400-meter relay ran 3:16.71 for eighth in Cowboy history.

Air Force won the men's team title with 142 points to edge Utah State by one points. Colorado State was third with 138 points, followed by New Mexico at 101 and the Cowboys.

Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis finished runner-up in the 60 meters in 7.37, the same time she ran in Friday's prelims and still just one thousandth of a second off her personal best. Sophomore Lauren Hamilton ran a personal-best 4:47.24 to place sixth on Saturday and stay second in Cowgirl history. Her time was less than a second away from Wyoming's school record. Fellow sophomore Day Timberman claimed fifth in the triple jump in 39-8, while freshman Allegra Carson was sixth in a personal-best 39-7 3/4, good for third in Cowgirl history. Senior Sabina Sandberg was seventh in the high jump at 5-7 3/4, while fellow senior McKenzie Brogan placed the same in the 400 meters in 55.15. Junior Cassidy Meade was eighth in the 800 meters in 2:15. Junior Megan Brunette placed 15th in the 3,000 meters, but did cross the line in 9:50.33 to move up to sixth in Cowgirl history in the event. Wyoming's 4x400-meter relay ran 3:45.45 for fifth on Saturday and fifth all-time.

Colorado State was first in the team race with 115 points, followed by San Diego State with 105, Boise State 71.5, New Mexico 65 and the Cowgirls at 59.

Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Wyoming had a whopping 18 all-time top-10 performances at the MW Indoor championships on Feb. 25-27. The top performance for the Cowgirls was a school-record time of 11:21.19 in the distance medley relay by junior Cassidy Meade, junior Audra DeStefano, sophomore Lauren Hamilton and sophomore Kim Robertson. The time broke the program's previous best by over 30 seconds. For the Cowboys, senior Aaron Derner ran the fourth-fastest 5,000 meters in school history with a time of 14:21.54. The current Cowboy roster owns 17 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming's indoor history, while the current Cowgirls have 25, including 19 this season. UW has 67 entrees between the two programs and the two seasons.

Track & Field Earns 13 All-MW Honors
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams collected 13 All-Mountain West honors when the league office announced the all-conference teams on March 1. The 13 honors are the most the Cowboys and Cowgirls have won indoors since 15 in 2008. All-conference selections were awarded to the top-three finishers in each event at last weekend's MW Indoor Championships.

Junior Audra DeStefano highlighted the eight honors for the Cowgirls with her fourth and fifth All-MW awards. She was a member of Wyoming's distance medley relay that finished third and ran 11:31.66 to break the school record by 25 seconds, while individually she placed third in the 5,000 meters in a personal-best 16:35.84 to move up to second in UW history. Sophomore Kim Robertson was also a member of the DMR to earn her second all-conference accolade, while junior Cassidy Meade and sophomore Lauren Hamilton earned their first nod for All-MW as members of the relay. Freshmen Emelda Malm-Annan and Ja'la Henderson won events to nab their first all-conference awards. Malm-Annan topped the field in the weight throw with a toss of 62-10 1/2, while Henderson was first in the long jump with a leap of 19-4 3/4. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis was runner-up in the 60 meters for All-MW.

Senior Scott Carter garnered two of the five accolades for the Cowboys for the third and fourth of his career. He notched a personal-best 51-8 1/2 to win the triple jump and move up to fifth in Wyoming history in the event, while also placing third in the long jump at 23-10 3/4. Junior Jordan Charles was runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.89 for his fourth All-MW accolade. Senior Tyler Anderson and sophomore Ricky Faure both earned All-MW for the third time. Anderson won the weight throw in 63-6 1/4 and Faure was third in the 800 at 1:50.91.

Head coach Bryan Berryhill has guided the Cowboys and Cowgirls to 37 All-MW indoor honors during his four seasons at the helm for Wyoming.

The Final Indoor Rankings
Two Cowboys and two Cowgirls ranked in the final NCAA's top 50 of an event. Junior Jordan Charles was the top Cowboy at No. 12 in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.72, while senior Scott Carter was No. 34 in the triple jump at 51-8 3/4. Redshirt freshman Jerayah Davis was the top Cowgirl at No. 43 in the 60 meters in 7.38, while freshman Emelda Malm-Annan was No. 46 in the weight throw with a toss of 64-3 1/4. Wyoming also lead the Mountain West in four individual events, including all four athletes previously mentioned. Teamwise, the final USTFCCCA indoor regional rankings had the Cowgirls seventh and the Cowboys ninth in the Mountain.

Next Up
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will start the outdoor season on March 18 at the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo.