Weather Forces Changes To Front Range Championships

April 28, 2011


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Mother Nature has her own ideas when it comes to the Wyoming track and field program, as the possibility of inclement weather has forced the Wyoming track and field program to move its scheduled outdoor track meet to another date and location.

UW will serve as the host institution for the Front Range Championships, presented by McAlister's Deli, on Sunday in Fort Collins, Colo. The meet originally was scheduled for Saturday in Laramie, but forecasts of temperatures in the 30s and snowfall prompted meet organizers to alter their plans to ensure safer conditions for the student-athletes. The forecast for Fort Collins on Sunday calls for a high of 51 degrees and partly cloudy conditions.

The championships will feature Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State and Northern Colorado and Wyoming. The action will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday with the field events, while track events will begin at 11:40 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. In last season's Front Range Championship, hosted by CSU, both the Cowboys and Cowgirls finished third.

But the location of the meet is of little import to Wyoming coach Don Yentes. He said his team prepares for every meet in the same manner, even as the student-athletes prepare for final academic exams in the coming week.

"We've already figured out how we're going to use the kids to do the best as a team," Yentes said. "Our women's team has a chance to be battling for a championship there. That'd be nice. They've got their work cut out for them. We've got a few kids who've got to do a lot of good things and still not freak out about having a final (exam) Monday."

The Cowboys have struggled with injuries this season, but they still have a chance to achieve their preseason goals.

"We're just trying to get as many guys as we can to the first round of (NCAA) nationals," Yentes said. "That's our goal, from here until the outdoor conference meet. If a kid can do great in one event and that can get him to the outdoor nationals and good in two events, we're just going to go with great in one. We want to give him the opportunity to represent this university at the national level."