Wyoming Competes at Tom Benich Invite on Saturday

April 2, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams will stay in the Front Range for a third-straight week with Northern Colorado's Tom Benich Invite on Saturday in Greeley, Colo. Field events begin at 9 a.m. MT followed by running events at 10:30 a.m. at Nottingham Field. Two Cowgirls will also represent Wyoming at the Stanford Invite. Senior Holly Page will run the 10,000 meters and sophomore Audra DeStefano the steeplechase late Friday night in Palo Alto, Calif. Fans can follow live results of both meets through GoWYO.com.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls competed at Colorado State's Fum McGraw Quadrangular last Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo. Several student-athletes set season bests and approached personal bests, including all-time top-10 performances from three UW runners and a high jumper. Sophomore Audra DeStefano led a handful of distance kids at the Kit Mayer Memorial last Friday with a Mountain West-best 10:30.59 in the steeplechase, which ranks seventh in the NCAA. She was named the MW Female Track Athlete of the Week for her showing, as a UW runner earned the conference's track accolade for the second week in a row.

"April is probably our hardest phase of training, so it's tough to go out there every week and give your best effort, but as a team we have to continue to progress," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We want to continue to see that progress this weekend. I know it sounds simple but we have to take advantage of the nice weather. It's going to be a great day to compete in Greeley with temperatures rebounding back into the 60s."

Last Time Out: Cowboys and Cowgirls Continue to Show Progress at Fum McGraw
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams continue to show improvement early in the outdoor season at last Saturday's Fum McGraw Quadrangular at Jack Christiansen Track. Both squads competed in warm and windy conditions to beat Colorado and Northern Colorado in the dual-scored competition, but fell to Colorado State.

"I was very happy with the effort both teams gave," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "It was a little more focused than a week ago and it showed. We saw a lot of season bests through each group and a lot of kids were right around their personal bests. More importantly, almost every athlete that competed last week competed and improved. That's what you want to see are athletes getting better every week out."

Sophomore Jordan Charles paced the Cowboys by winning the 400-meter hurdles in 53.03 and placing runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.31. Junior Scott Carter was second in the long jump at 23-0 3/4 and the triple jump as well in 48-4 3/4. Other Cowboys to win events included senior Jason Roascio and freshman Ricky Faure. Roascio crossed the line first in the 200 meters in 22.09, while Faure accomplished the same feat in the 800 meters in an altitude-converted 1:50.22. Junior Lance Loken was second in the 400 meters in 48.78.

Sophomore Kerry White excelled for the Cowgirls with a victory in the 800 meters in 2:14.45 and runner-up finish in the 1,500 meters in 4:33.42. Senior Erin Kirby won the 400-meter hurdles at 1:00.09, while senior Audrey West and junior McKenzie Brogan were second in the 100 and 400 meters, respectively. West crossed the line in 12.16, while Brogan did so in 55.83.

Several UW runners also fared well at Colorado Mine's Kit Mayer Memorial Open on Friday in Golden, Colo. Junior Amos Bowen won the steeplechase in 9:10.70 and sophomore Audra DeStefano did the same on the women's side in 10:30.60. Senior Aaron Derner was fourth in the 10,000 meters in 30:11.79.

DeStefano Tabbed MW Female Track Athlete of the Week
Wyoming's Audra DeStefano was named the Mountain West Female Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The weekly award was the first of her career. A native of Gillette, Wyo., DeStefano won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last Friday's Kit Mayer Memorial Open in Golden, Colo. The sophomore's altitude-converted time of 10:30.59 was first in the conference and the NCAA West Region at the time, while ranking seventh in the NCAA. Her time was just six seconds off her own school record. Wyoming's Ricky Faure, a native of Rock Springs, Wyo., was the MW's Male Track Athlete of the Week the previous week.

Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Four Wyoming student-athletes had all-time top-10 performances at last Saturday's Fum McGraw Quadrangular. Sophomore Kerry White ran the sixth-fastest 1,500 meters in Cowgirl history at 4:33.41, followed by the ninth-fastest time in the event in 4:35.49 by senior Holly Page. Junior Sabina Sandberg notched the sixth-highest mark in the high jump at 5-7 1/4, while junior Catherina Cloetta posted the seventh-fastest steeplechase in 11:32.52. The current Cowboy roster owns 18 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming's outdoor history, while the current Cowgirl roster has 20. The two squads combined for 17 all-time top-10 marks at the MW Indoor Championships and have 81 entrees between the two programs and the two seasons.

Checking the Outdoor Rankings
A total of 11 Cowboys and Cowgirls currently rank in the NCAA's top 50 of an event. Sophomore Audra DeStefano is the top Cowgirl at No. 7 in the steeplechase after a time of 10:30.59 at last Saturday's Fum McGraw Quadrangular, while freshman Ricky Faure is the top Cowboy at No. 10 in the 800 meters after a 1:49.79 at Jerry Quiller Classic on March 21. Wyoming currently leads the Mountain West in four 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.

Next Up
Wyoming will next compete at the New Mexico Quadrangular on April 10 in Albuquerque, N.M.