COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Wyoming's Erin Kirby has been named the Mountain West Female Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The weekly award is the first of her track and field career, but second overall in 2014-15 after she was named the MW's volleyball player of the week on Oct. 20.
A native of Evanston, Wyo., Kirby won the 400-meter hurdles at two meets last weekend. She ran a personal-best 58.93 on Friday to win the event at the New Mexico Quadrangular in Albuquerque, N.M. Her time was the third fastest in Cowgirl history, while currently leading the MW and ranking 23rd in the NCAA. She followed with a time of 58.96 on Saturday to win the event at the Colorado Invite in Boulder, Colo.
Wyoming's three weekly honorees during the outdoor track and field season have all hailed from the Equality State. Kirby joins Audra DeStefano (Gillette) and Ricky Faure (Rock Springs) in earning the conference's track athlete of the week. Kirby is the first Wyoming student-athlete to earn weekly honors in two different sports since Jesseca Cross accomplished the feat in 1997-98. Cross, a native of Powell, Wyo., was named the WAC women's basketball player of the week on Feb. 10, 1997 and Trackwire's National Athlete of the Week on Jan. 23, 1998. Cross was a forward in basketball and thrower in track and field.
Wyoming will send five throwers to the Cal State L.A. Twilight Open on Thursday, while the rest of the Cowboys and Cowgirls return to action at the Jack Christiansen Invite on April 24-25 in Fort Collins, Colo.