LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams enter a busy stretch of the outdoor season this weekend, as the Cowboys and Cowgirls travel to three meets. The majority of the squads will head to the Utah Spring Classic on Friday in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Weber State Outdoor Open on Saturday in Ogden, Utah, while the UW throwers will compete at the CU Invite on Friday and Saturday in Boulder, Colo. Fans can follow live results through GoWYO.com.
Wyoming continued to take steps in the right direction at last Saturday's Tom Benich Invite in Greeley, Colo., as the men and women combined to win 12 events, including five all-time top-10 marks from the Cowgirls. Ja'la Henderson paced the Wyoming women with personal-best marks to win the 100 meters and long jump. Both also ranked in the top 10 in Cowgirl history. For the Cowboys, freshman Bryce Ailshie won the 800 meters in a personal-best time, while senior Tyler Anderson and sophomore Garrett Lynch placed first in the hammer and shot put, respectively, with the best marks of their careers.
"This weekend should be a great opportunity for our program," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "The weather looks to be cooperative and these meets on back-to-back days gives our kids a chance to mimic the conference meet atmosphere."
Last Time Out: Henderson Notches Two All-Time Performances in Greeley
Freshman Ja'la Henderson tallied two of the University of Wyoming track and field team's five all-time top-10 performances last Saturday at the Tom Benich Classic. Seniors McKenzie Brogan and Catherine Cloetta had the other two, as the Cowgirls won seven events, while the Cowboys were victorious in five events.
"The kids got out there and competed well and took advantage of a nice day," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We haven't had a chance to get outside and practice much, so we needed to get some work in. Ja'la is talented and a hard worker, but really doesn't like to lose. She's doing a great job following up a conference title indoors with a solid start outdoors."
Wyoming competed in sunny and warm conditions for the first time this spring and Henderson took advantage. She won the 100 meters in 11.93, good for 10th in Cowgirl history, and won the long jump in 19-5 1/4, ninth in Cowgirl history. Both marks were personal bests. Brogan improved her time in the 400-meter hurdles to 1:00.60 to win the event on Saturday and stay ninth in Wyoming's all-time top 10. Cloetta moved up to fourth in Cowgirl history in the steeplechase with a winning time of 11:09.36. Junior Cassidy Meade crossed the line first in the 800 meters in 2:11, while sophomore Quinn DeStefano did the same in the 1,500 in 4:39.
Runner-up finishes for the Wyoming women included freshman Emelda Malm-Annan with a personal-best 180-10 in the hammer and senior Madison Seaman in the discus in 154-10. Senior Kereston Thomas placed second in the 100 and 200 meters in 11.97 and 24.36, respectively.
Freshman Bryce Ailshie was the top Cowboy with a personal-best 1:51 to win the 800 meters. Wyoming's male throwers were impressive as well, though. Senior Tyler Anderson was first in the hammer with a personal-best 198-6, while sophomore Garrett Lynch did the same in the shot put after a personal-best 52-9 1/2. Senior Kyle Sullivan won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.89 and junior Alex Pawlak won the steeplechase in 9:34.
Lynch was also second in the discus in 153-6, while freshman Martin Fitzwater finished runner-up in the shot with a throw of 47-10. Senior Mike Seas was second in the 5,000 meters in 15:13. The Cowboys also placed runner-up in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays.
Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
The Cowgirls notched five all-time top-10 performances at the Tom Benich Classic last Saturday. Freshman Ja'la Henderson had two of those all by herself. She ran 11.93 in the 100 meters for 10th in school history and added a jump of 19-5 1/4 for ninth. Senior Catherine Cloetta ran the fourth-fastest steeplechase in 11:09.35, while fellow senior McKenzie Brogan improved her time in the 400-meter hurdles to 1:00.60 to stay ninth in the event. Sophomore Hannah Bertelson cleared 10-2 in the pole vault for 10th in Cowgirl history. The current Cowboy roster owns 13 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming's outdoor history, while the current Cowgirls have 17. UW has 72 entrees between the two programs and the two seasons.
Outdoor National Rankings
Junior Jordan Charles is currently the only Cowboy or Cowgirl to rank in the NCAA's top 50 of an event. His time of 14.07 in the 110-meter hurdles at the Fum McGraw Quadrangular on March 25 is 42nd in the NCAA. No Cowboy or Cowgirl currently leads the Mountain West in an individual event. Teamwise, in the first USTFCCCA outdoor regional rankings the Cowgirls are ranked ninth and the Cowboys are ranked 15th.
Wyoming will compete at Colorado State's Jack Christiansen Invite on April 15-16 in Fort Collins, Colo.