Wyoming Track to Host Cowpoke Open on Friday

May 1, 2013

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - After a spectacular Jack Christiansen Invitational over the weekend in Fort Collins, the Wyoming track and field teams return home to host the Cowpoke Open on Friday, May 3, at 1 p.m. at the Memorial 8 Track at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.

The Pokes will host Colorado State and Northern Colorado in its final meet before the Mountain West Outdoor Championships, slated for May 8-11 in Las Vegas.

"All of us will compete a limited amount of athletes this week to get ready for conference, but it's another opportunity to earn personal records and NCAA qualifying marks," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "We're starting to hit our peak as evidenced over the weekend. The competition will be strong, so I think we'll see great things."

The women's hammer throw will kick off the meet at 1 p.m. and will run simultaneously with the shot put, long jump and high jump. The pole vault, triple jump and discus throws will ensue at approximately 1:30 p.m. and run simultaneously.

The track events will also start at 1 p.m. with the 4x100 relays and be followed by the 100-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash. The meet will conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m. after the 200-meter dashes.

Last week at the Jack Christiansen Invitational

Wyoming is coming off its strongest outdoor meet of the season last weekend at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.

Freshman Kereston Thomas broke the all-time Wyoming 100-meter dash record with an 11.68 for second place at the meet, beating Kima Wells' time of 11.70 from the 2004 season. Mollie Dahl threw a shot put 51'-2.25" to earn UW's No. 3 all-time best distance for the event, beating her former best of 49'-7." Her mark currently stands as the Mountain West's top distance and 49th-best in the country.

In the men's 110-meter hurdles, three athletes earned UW Top 10 times led by senior Brandon Douglass, who placed fourth in 13.97 seconds, breaking his previous best of 14.29 to move from fifth to fourth on the UW list. Sophomore Colin Herold came in fifth in 14.41 seconds, beating his personal best of 14.58 to move from eighth to sixth on the UW list. Jacob Edwards ran a 14.74 for 11th place, topping his former best of 14.85 and achieving the No. 10 spot on UW's all-time list for the event.

The men's 100-meter dash also had a strong day as senior Stephen Michel tied his personal-best time of 10.59, the seventh best time in school history, and Lenyn Leonce earned a 10.61 which lands him at No. 8 on UW's list.

Jenna Mann beat her personal-best time of 13.82 in the 100-meter hurdles with a first-place 13.64 Saturday, moving from sixth to fifth on UW's list. Fellow junior Sam Kee ran a 55.77 in the 400-meter dash, beating her former best of 56.14 for the No. 9 spot in Wyoming history for the event.

In the women's 4x100 relay, Audrey West, Kee, Taylor Gardner and Thomas came in first place in 46.12, the eighth-best time in school history. Junior Andrea Klimowski earned Wyoming's fifth best all-time 3,000-meter steeplechase time with an 11.23.59 for third place, topping her previous best of 12:02.36.

Cowpoke Open Schedule of Events
Field Events:
1:00 ... (W) ... Hammer - (M) Hammer to follow
1:00 ... (M) ... Shot Put - (W) Shot Put to follow
1:00 ... (W) ... Long Jump
1:00 ... (M) ... Long Jump
1:00 ... (W) ... High Jump - (M) High Jump to follow
1:30 ... (W) ... Pole Vault - (M) Pole Vault to follow
(W) ... Triple Jump - to follow Women's LJ
(M) ... Triple Jump - to follow Men's LJ
(W) ... Discus - to follow Men's Hammer
(M) ... Discus - to follow Women's Discus

Track Events:
1:00 ... (W) ... 4x100m Relay
1:05 ... (M) ... 4x100m Relay
1:15 ... (W) ... 100m Hurdles
1:25 ... (M) ... 110m Hurdles
1:35 ... (W) ... 400m
1:45 ... (M) ... 400m
1:55 ... (W) ... 100m
2:05 ... (M) ... 100m
2:15 ... (W) ... 800m
2:25 ... (M) ... 800m
2:35 ... (W) ... 400m Hurdles
2:45 ... (M) ... 400m Hurdles
2:55 ... (W) ... 200m
3:00 ... (M) ... 200m