LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams face two high-level meets this weekend at the New Mexico Quadrangular on Friday in Albuquerque, N.M. and the Colorado Invite on Saturday in Boulder, Colo. Events start at 8 a.m. MT on Friday at UNM Track & Field Stadium and 11 a.m. on Saturday at Potts Field. Fans can follow live results of both meets through GoWYO.com.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls continued to take advantage of nice weather this spring along the Front Range at last weekend's Tom Benich Invite in Greeley, Colo. Wyoming notched five all-time top-10 showings, including the second-best high jump in Cowgirl history by junior Sabina Sandberg, while senior Holly Page broke a 33-year old school record in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif.
"The group we are taking down to Albuquerque will have a chance to compete against two of the best teams in the Mountain West in New Mexico and Air Force," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Then it worked out with the schedule that we could get back to Denver at a decent hour so we'll compete the next day in Boulder. It'll give us a chance to simulate the conference championships where you have to compete on back-to-back days, especially in the running events. It's hard to do that during the regular season, so we have to take advantage of that opportunity and continue to push our kids a little while we are training hard."
Last Time Out: Page's School Record Highlights Wyoming's Solid Weekend
Senior Holly Page broke a 33-year old school record to highlight five all-time top-10 performances for the University of Wyoming track and field teams last weekend. The majority of the Cowboys and Cowgirls competed at Northern Colorado's Tom Benich Invite last Saturday, while Page's performance came at the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif.
"I think you if you look at the performances, we got better again," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Our kids are taking advantage of the nice weather and that is what we are asking them to do. Even though this was a smaller meet, they went out there and had that competitive spirit. I like what I'm seeing right now."
Sent to the elite meet in search of a school record in the 10,000 meters, Page ran at nearly midnight Mountain Time last Friday and did not disappoint. Her time of 33:49.66 placed her fifth in her section and smashed Brenda Graham-Gray's previous record of 34:34.62 run in 1982. Page's time is her personal best by over a minute, is the fastest in the Mountain West this season and would rank first in the NCAA entering this weekend. She also set two school records during the indoor season. Sophomore Audra DeStefano ran the steeplechase at the meet and finished 11th in her section at 10:41 after getting stepped on in the first kilometer.
"During the indoor season I said a lot that Holly was proving she was one of the best Cowgirl distance runners ever, but I think this proves she is the best," Berryhill said. "What a race for her in her senior season to run a PR by a minute for another school record. She proved she is the best female distance runner in the history of Wyoming."
Three other Cowgirls had historic showings last Saturday at the Tom Benich. Junior Sabina Sandberg cleared a personal-best 5-8 3/4 in the high jump to finish second in the event and move into a second-place tie in Wyoming history. Her mark is third in the MW this season and 31st in the NCAA. Sophomore Kerry White won the 800 meters in a personal-best 2:08.54. The time keeps her third in Cowgirl history in the event, but ranks first in the MW and 12th in the NCAA. Junior Catherine Cloetta's personal-best 11:21.85 in the steeplechase moved her up to sixth in Cowgirl history.
Senior Devon England won the 5,000 meters in 17:55 and was followed by sophomore Megan Brunette at 18:04. Senior Erin Kirby was runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.58, while senior Audrey West was third in the long jump at 18-8 1/2 and senior Shreese Daniels earned the same finish in the hammer with a toss of 189-2. Kirby and West were also members of Wyoming's winning 4x400-meter relay at 3:45.
The Cowboys' 4x400-meter relay at the Tom Benich won the event in 3:11.92 to place third in Wyoming history and second in the MW this season. Junior Amos Bowen won the steeplechase in a personal-best 9:07 to rank first in the conference and 13th in the NCAA, while senior Garrett Zans was second in the race at 9:21. Sophomore Jordan Charles won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.46 and ran 53.76 for third in the 400-meter hurdles. Graduate student Thomas Atkinson was a member of UW's 4x400 relay and crossed the line first in the 800 meters in 1:50, followed by freshman Ricky Faure in 1:51. Freshman Jesse Gray won the 1,500 meters in 4:10, while redshirt freshman Michael Kesy accomplished the same in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:37. Senior Kyle Sullivan topped the field in the javelin with a toss of 144-11.
Page Best Distance Cowgirl Ever?
After she broke a 33-year old school record last weekend, head coach Bryan Berryhill said senior Holly Page has cemented herself as the best Cowgirl distance runner ever. She has certainly built a case for herself. Page's school record in the 10,000 meters last Friday was her third in 2014-15 after she set records in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters during the indoor season. She has a chance to break the school record in the 5,000 meters during the outdoor season as well and currently ranks in Wyoming's all-time top 10 in six different events between the two seasons. She also owns UW school records in the 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 meters in cross country and became the sixth Cowgirl ever to run at the national meet last fall.
Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Four Wyoming student-athletes and a relay had all-time top-10 performances last weekend. Senior Holly Page paced four top-10 marks for the Cowgirls with a time of 33:49.66 in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invite to break a 33-year old school record. Sophomore Kerry White ran the third-fastest 800 meters in UW history in 2:08.53, while junior Catherine Cloetta's 11:21.77 in the steeplechase moved her up to sixth in the event. Junior Sabina Sandberg continued to climb in the high jump with a leap of 5-8 3/4 to tie for second in Cowgirl history. The Cowboys ran the third-fastest 4x400-meter relay in school history at 3:11.92. 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
Six Cowboys and Cowgirls currently rank in the NCAA's top 50 of an event. Senior Holly Page is the top Cowgirl at No. 20 in the 10,000 meters after a school-record 33:49 at last Friday's Stanford Invite. Freshman Ricky Faure is the only Cowboy in the top 50 at No. 36 in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49 at the Jerry Quiller Classic on March 21. Sophomores Audra DeStefano and Jordan Charles have the top times in the Mountain West in the steeplechase and 110-meter hurdles, respectively. In the first USTFCCCA outdoor regional team rankings both Wyoming squads are 12th in the mountain region. The Cowboys finished the 2014 outdoor campaign ranked 10th in the mountain region, while the Cowgirls were 11th.
Wyoming heads to the West Coast next weekend to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays and the Beach Invite in California.