Track and Field Hosts Cowpoke Open on Friday

April 28, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams will make their final adjustments for the conference outdoor meet by hosting the Cowpoke Open on Friday at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. Several Front Range teams will descend on Memorial 8 Track to compete in running events beginning at 10 a.m. MT and field events starting at 11 a.m. MT. Fans can follow live results through GoWYO.com.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls were at several meets last weekend. The majority of the squads competed at the Jack Christiansen Invite in Fort Collins, Colo., while a group of hurdlers and jumpers went to the Triton Invite in San Diego, Calif. Junior Lance Loken posted a personal-best 48.04 in the 400 meters to move up to eighth in Cowboy history in the event, but he was the only UW athlete with an all-time top-10 performance over the weekend.

"Our kids love competing on our home track," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We hosted the conference outdoor meet last May and had many seasonal bests, so we're excited to get back on our track. Just as important, this is our last chance to compete before the conference meet. This is our last chance to hit those marks or times we've been striving for."

Last Time Out: Several Athletes Set Personal Bests for Wyoming Last Saturday
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams combined for several personal bests last Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Invite in Fort Collins, Colo., and the Triton Invite in San Diego, Calif.

"I think when you look at this weekend as a whole it was solid, but we need to get better before our home meet," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We looked a little flat after having a weekend off. The kids were trying, but we didn't see the results we'd like to. We are getting to that part of the season where we need to perform better."

Junior Lance Loken was the only UW student-athlete to record an all-time top-10 performance on the day, as his personal-best 48.04 in the 400 meters placed him third at CSU and moved him to eighth in Cowboy history in the event. Fellow junior Dylan Morin ran a personal-best 3:52 in the 1,500 meters for third, while senior Kyle Sullivan and redshirt freshman Isaac Kiefer notched personal bests in the 110-meter hurdles and 800 meters, respectively. Sullivan ran 14.75 for fifth and Kiefer ran 1:55 for the same place. Senior Paul Thomas threw a season-best 178-7 in the discus for third, while junior Tyler Anderson was fourth in the hammer at 191-3.

Sophomore Mikalah Skates, senior Holly Page and sophomore Kerry White earned event victories for the Cowgirls. Skates crossed the line first in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.11, while White did the same in the 800 meters in 2:10 and Page in the 1,500 meters in 4:35. Sophomore Megan Brunette ran a personal-best 17:29 in the 5,000 meters for second, while senior Devon England was right behind in third in a personal-best 17:35. Freshman Heidi Pfoor rounded out UW's personal bests with a time of 1:04 in the 400-meter hurdles. Senior Audrey West was runner-up in the long jump in 18-9 3/4, while senior Shreese Daniels and freshman Hannah Carr were fourth in the hammer and discus, respectively. Daniels threw 184-11 to 149-6 for Carr in the discus.

At the Triton Invite, senior Erin Kirby was runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.32 and sophomore Jordan Charles ran a season-best 14.17 in the 110-meter hurdles for fifth. Junior Scott Carter posted a season-best 49-3 3/4 in the triple jump for third place.

What is a Cowpoke?
While the terms Cowboy and Cowgirl are plenty familiar to Wyoming fans, the word Cowpoke may not be. The dictionary defines Cowpoke as a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback. The word first originated in the 1880's.

Checking the Outdoor Rankings
Five 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 the Stanford Invite on April 3. Graduate student Harry Fisher is the top Cowboy at No. 24 in the 800 meters with a time of 1:48 at the Colorado Invite on April 11. Sophomore Jordan Charles is the only Cowboy or Cowgirl to lead the Mountain West, as his time of 14.17 last Saturday in the 110-meter hurdles is first in the conference. In the latest USTFCCCA outdoor regional team rankings the Wyoming men are 10th in the mountain region, while the Wyoming women are 12th. The Cowboys finished the 2014 outdoor campaign ranked 10th in the mountain region, while the Cowgirls were 11th.

Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
Just one Wyoming student-athlete had an all-time top-10 performance last weekend. Junior Lance Loken ran the eighth-fastest 400 meters in Cowboy history at 48.04 at CSU's Jack Christiansen Invite last Saturday. The current Cowboy roster owns 20 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming's outdoor history, while the current Cowgirl roster has 21. The two squads combined for 17 all-time top-10 marks at the MW Indoor Championships and have 86 entrees between the two programs and the two seasons.

The Middle-Distance Cowboys
Wyoming's 4x800-meter relay had a disappointing showing at last Friday's Drake Relays with a seventh-place finish, but the quartet still is one of the best in Cowboy history. Graduate student Harry Fisher's 1:48.34 this season ranks second in UW history, second in the Mountain West and 24th in the NCAA, while freshman Ricky Faure's 1:48.83 is fourth in UW history, fifth in the MW and 41st in the NCAA. Graduate student Thomas Atkinson's 1:49.11 is sixth in UW history, sixth in the MW and 50th in the NCAA.

Next Up
Wyoming competes at the 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Championships on May 13-16 in San Diego, Calif.