April 9, 2014
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 Invite on Saturday in Ogden, Utah, while the UW throwers will compete at the CU Invite on Saturday in Boulder, Colo. Schedules for each meet can be found in the links above. Fans can follow live updates through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyoathletics.
Wyoming continued to take steps in the right direction at last weekend's Tom Benich Invite in Greeley, Colo., as the men and women combined to win eight events and set seven new top-10 marks. Senior Jenna Mann notched the top performance by a Cowgirl with wins in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump. For the Cowboys, sophomore Scott Carter won the triple jump and freshman Jordan Charles was third in the 110-meter hurdles, as all three notched marks that were personal bests, qualified for UW's top 10 and rank in the nation's top 50.
"The Utah meets will get us in a new environment and see some different competition," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "This is an in-between weekend for us where we want our athletes to get everything ironed out, so we can go to Mt. SAC and get some qualifying marks for the national meet. Aside from the conference meet, Mt. SAC is probably our best chance to get kids some quality marks that give them a chance to make it to the NCAA meet."
Last Time Out: Mann Highlights Wyoming's Friday with Two Historic Performances
Senior Jenna Mann posted personal bests and top-10 performances in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump to pace the University of Wyoming track and field teams at the Tom Benich Invitational last Friday in Greeley, Colo. The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined to win eight events at the meet.
"You can really say this meet was the same as last weekend," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "There wasn't really a whole lot of eye-popping performances, but more all-around solid marks. Our kids came out again and competed. I saw a lot of focus out there and that was what we really wanted to see. Our group that competed was better than a week ago and that is what we want at this point of the season."
Mann crossed the finish the line in the hurdles in career-best 13.58 to move up to fourth in Wyoming history in the event. The time currently leads the Mountain West and ranks 24th in the NCAA. She followed with another career performance in the long jump at 19-6 1/4, which is good for sixth in UW history, third in the MW and 44th in the nation. Junior Holly Page, Wyoming's lone representative at the Stanford Invitational, finished eighth in her heat of the 5,000 meters in a personal-best 16:39.22. The 15-second personal best is the fourth-fastest time in school history and the fastest in the MW this season by a minute, while ranking 19th in the NCAA. Sophomore Kereston Thomas won the 100 meters in Greeley in 11.93, while freshman Cassidy Meade crossed the line first in the 800 meters in a personal-best 2:16.41. Junior Julia Popish's 10-10 in the pole vault was also a personal best and kept her seventh in Cowgirl history in the event.
Sophomore Scott Carter unleashed a leap of 49-5 to win the triple jump and PR by nearly two feet. His mark ranks 10th in UW history, first in the MW this season and 31st in the nation. Freshman Jordan Charles notched a personal-best 14.22 for third in the 110-meter hurdles, as his time is sixth in Wyoming history and currently second in the MW. Graduate student Harry Fisher made his outdoor debut for Wyoming at 1:51.15 in the 800 meters, less than a second away from the Cowboy top 10. Sophomore Dylan Morin was runner-up in the 1,500 meters in 4:00.16. On Saturday, junior Paul Thomas won the discus with a season-best mark of 180-9, which ranks third in the Mountain West and 35th in the NCAA.
Outdoor Individual and Team Rankings
Seven Cowboys and Cowgirls rank in the NCAA's top 50 of five events. Seniors Garrett Zans and Mason Finley are the top Cowboys at 26th in the steeplechase and discus, respectively. Zans ran 8:57.73 at the Fum McGraw on March 29, while Finley tossed the discus 184-10 at the same meet. Senior Jenna Mann is the top Cowgirl at No. 32 in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.58 at last weekend's Tom Benich. Wyoming leads the MW in five outdoor events currently.
In the first USTFCCCA outdoor team polls, the Cowboys and Cowgirls are both 11th in the mountain region. In the indoor polls, the Cowboys finished eighth and the Cowgirls were 12th.
Top-10 Marks Continue to Fall Outdoors
The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined for seven new top-10 marks last weekend, including the sixth-fastest 110-meter hurdles by freshman Jordan Charles in 14.22 and the fourth-fastest 100-meter hurdles by senior Jenna Mann in 13.58. The current Cowboy roster owns 10 individual top-10 outdoor marks, while the current Cowgirl roster has 21 individual marks. The Wyoming men and women set 29 new top-10 marks during the indoor season.
Wyoming Preparing to Host MW Outdoor Championships
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will host the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 14-17 at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie. It will be the third time Wyoming has hosted a MW Championship in the 15-year history of the conference, after the 2009 outdoor track and field championships and the 2010 cross country championships. In 2009, the Cowboys finished sixth and the Cowgirls were ninth.
Wyoming competes at three meets in California next weekend, including the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.