Cowgirls Take Second, Cowboys Fourth At Jack Christiansen Invite

April 24, 2004

Ft. Collins, Colo.-- The University of Wyoming trackand field program sent two depleted squads to the cold and windy JackChristiansen Invite, Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo. The Cowgirls,without four key members who competed at the Drake Relays, took animpressive second place with 129 team points. Colorado State took thewomen's team title with 226 points.

The Cowboys ended the meet in fourth place with 72 points, behindCSU, 203 points, Air Force, 128 points and Colorado, 104 points.

Several Cowgirls finished in the top three of their respective eventson Saturday. Sophomore transfer Ainsley Thraikill, from Laramie, Wyo.,finished in first place in the women's 400 meter hurdles with a timeof 1:02.70, her second best time of the season. She also placed thirdin the 100 meter hurdles, clocking in at 14.89 seconds.

Sophomore Tanice Barnett, from St. Catherine, Jamaica, posted thesecond best time in the women's 800 meter run with a season besttime of 2:11.86. CSU's Katie Yemm took the top spot with a time of2:10.52.

Wyoming took the second and third place spots in the women's polevault. Sophomore Lauri Smith, a native of Springcreek, Nev., cleared acareer high 11' 3/4" to finish in second place, while seniorStephanie Anderson, a Cheyenne, Wyo., native, also cleared 11'3/4", but she do it in more attempts and placed third.

Senior Andrea Batt, from Six Mile, Mont., took home third placehonors in the women's discuss throw. Her distance of 162' 7" isa season best performance, and is an NCAA Regional qualifying mark.Batt also finished fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 177'11", also a season's best distance and a NCAA Regionalperformance.

Other great performances for the Cowgirls included JanineBraithwaite's third place finish in the long jump (16' 7 3/4")and junior Mellisa Vallejos' fifth place finish in the hammer throwwith a career best mark of 173' 5".

Cowboy sprinter Dwight Neptune continued to show his improvement thisweekend. The freshman from Gaspirillo, Trinidad, finished second inthe men's 100 meter dash with a time of 10.93.

In the 1,500 meter run, sophomore Matt Hudson, a native of SignalMountain, Tenn., posted an impressive time for the second straightmeet. He took the runner-up spot with a time of 3:55.02, his secondbest time of the season.

Three Cowboys posted career best times in the 400 meter dash.Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson, from Laramie, Wyo., finished fourth with apersonal best time of 47.98. Robert Harris, a sophomore from St. Ann,Jamaica, placed fifth with a career time of 48.24, and freshmanDominic Baysinger, a native of Rock Springs, Wyo., also finished withpersonal best time, 48.71, to finish in sixth.

The Cowgirls and Cowboys will be back in action next weekend, May1st, when the travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the LoboInvitational.