LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams compete close to home this weekend, as the Cowboys and Cowgirls travel to Colorado State's Fum McGraw Quadrangular on Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo. Wyoming squares off with the host Rams, Northern Colorado and Colorado at Jack Christiansen Track with running and field events beginning at 10 a.m. MT.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls opened the outdoor portion of the 2014-15 campaign at Colorado's Jerry Quiller Classic last weekend. Wyoming had to skip the meet last year due to inclement weather, but competed in 70-degree temperatures this year. Both UW squads took advantage of the early start to the season by posting solid marks, including all-time top-10 performances from freshman Ricky Faure in the 800 meters and sophomore Megan Brunette in the 10,000 meters. Faure ran the ninth-fastest outdoor time in the event in Cowboy history, while Brunette notched the eighth-fastest time in Cowgirl history. Faure was named MW Male Track Athlete of the Week by the conference office for his efforts.
"Looking at the forecast, it looks like another great day," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We want to see the kids take a step forward from a competition standpoint. Being in a heavy training phase, it is hit or miss whether you are going to get a performance that you really want, so we just want to see them go out there and be more competitive than they were last week. Hopefully that result will be a better mark."
Last Time Out: Wyoming Track & Field Sets Solid Marks in Outdoor Opener
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams opened the outdoor portion of their 2014-15 campaign with a solid showing during last Saturday's Jerry Quiller Classic. Freshman Ricky Faure and sophomore Megan Brunette ran top-10 times in UW history, while the majority of the Cowboys and Cowgirls got a chance to compete in 70-degree weather.
"We are in the hardest training phase of our season right now, so when you look through the results you don't see anything too impressive, but our kids went out there and took advantage of nice weather and got a competition in," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Our kids competed well after training hard the last few weeks and we can't always get outside during this time of year in this region, so it was a good start to the outdoor season."
After notching the Cowboys' fourth-fastest 800 meters during the indoor season, Faure started the outdoor season on the right foot by winning the event last Saturday in an altitude-converted time of 1:49.76, which ranks ninth in UW history. Junior Amos Bowen, sophomore Jordan Charles and junior Scott Carter also won events for the Cowboys. Bowen was first in the steeplechase in 9:16, Charles in the 400-meter hurdles at 53.46 and Carter in the triple jump at 48-3 1/4. Charles was also runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.47, while Carter was third in the long jump at 22-11 1/4. For the throws crew, junior Tyler Anderson threw 195-10 in the hammer for third, while senior Paul Thomas notched a toss of 174-2 for second in the discus.
Brunette paced the Cowgirls with a runner-up finish in the 10,000 meters in 37:13.86, good for eighth in UW history in the event. Sophomore Kerry White, senior Erin Kirby, freshman Hannah Carr and senior Audrey West took top honors in events for the Cowgirls. White crossed the line first in the 800 meters in 2:12, Kirby in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02, Carr in the discus with a toss of 151-9 and West in the long jump with a leap of 17-8. West also placed second in the 100 meters in 12.38. Other highlights for the throws crew included senior Shreese Daniels finishing runner-up in the hammer at 180-0 and freshman Madison Seaman third in the discus at 143-10. Sophomore Mikalah Skates was second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.46, while freshman Heidi Pfoor was third in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:04. Junior McKenzie Brogan ran 57.10 in the 400 meters for third.
Faure Earns MW Male Track Athlete of the Week
Wyoming's Ricky Faure was named the Mountain West Male Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The weekly award was the first of the freshman's career.
A native of Rock Springs, Wyo., Faure won the 800 meters in his outdoor debut at last Saturday's Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo. His altitude-converted time of 1:49.79 ranked ninth in Cowboy outdoor history in the event and currently is first in the Mountain West and fifth in the NCAA this season. Faure also helped Wyoming's 4x400-meter relay to second in 3:16 on Saturday. He ran the fourth-fastest indoor 800 meters in Wyoming history this winter in 1:50.01 at the MW Championships on Feb. 28.
Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Two Wyoming student-athletes had all-time top-10 performances at last Saturday's Jerry Quiller Classic. Sophomore Megan Brunette ran the eighth-fastest 10,000 meters in Cowgirl history at 37:13.86, while freshman Ricky Faure ran the ninth-fastest 800 meters in Cowboy history at 1:49.79. The current Cowboy roster owns 18 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming's outdoor history, while the current Cowgirl roster has the same amount. The two squads combined for 17 all-time top-10 marks at the Mountain West Indoor Championships and have 81 entrees between the two programs and the two seasons.
Checking the Outdoor Rankings
A total of 13 Cowboys and Cowgirls currently rank in the NCAA's top 50 of an event after the first weekend of outdoor meets. Sophomore Megan Brunette is the top Cowgirl at No. 6 in the 10,000 meters after a time of 37:13.86 at last Saturday's Jerry Quiller Classic, while freshman Ricky Faure is the top Cowboy at No. 5 in the 800 meters after a 1:49.79 at the same meet. Wyoming currently leads the Mountain West in nine different events. The first USTFCCCA outdoor regional team rankings come out on April 8. The Cowboys finished the 2014 outdoor campaign ranked 10th in the mountain region, while the Cowgirls were 11th.
Track & Field Earns Nine All-MW Honors During Indoor Season
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams collected nine All-Mountain West honors when the league office announced the all-conference indoor teams on March 3. Nine honors were the same amount the Cowboys and Cowgirls won last season. All-conference selections were awarded to the top-three finishers in each event at the MW Indoor Championships.
Senior Holly Page highlighted the honorees with her third and fourth All-MW awards. She won the 3,000 meters in 9:26 to break her own school record in the event by 10 seconds and was runner-up in the 5,000 meters in 16:28, just eight seconds off her own school record. Sophomore Jordan Charles claimed his third all-conference honor with a title in the 60-meter hurdles. His winning time of 7.90 was just three hundredths of a second shy of his own school record and was the third-fastest time in the history of the MW conference meet.
Junior Scott Carter earned his second All-MW accolade with a third-place finish in the long jump after a personal-best leap of 23-4. Senior Colin Herold, junior Tyler Anderson and freshman Ricky Faure earned a nod for All-MW for the first time in their careers. Herold ran a personal-best 7.95 to finish runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles, Anderson was two inches shy of his personal best in the weight throw with a toss of 65-9 for second and Faure ran 1:50 in the 800 meters for third.
Head coach Bryan Berryhill has guided 26 Cowboys and Cowgirls to All-MW indoor honors during his three seasons at the helm for Wyoming.
Wyoming will send a contingent to the Stanford Invite on April 4 in Palo Alto, Calif., while the rest of the squads will compete at Northern Colorado's Tom Benich Invite on the same day in Greeley, Colo.