LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams will make their final adjustments for the conference outdoor championships by squaring off with Colorado State on Friday in Fort Collins, Colo. Events in the dual-format meet begin at Jack Christiansen Track at 11 a.m. MT.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls have had a rough time with snowy weather along the Front Range this spring. Wyoming's lone home meet of the outdoor season was canceled last Friday, as was the Rams' Jack Christiansen Invite on April 15-16. The last weekend Wyoming had a full squad competing was April 8-9, nearly a month ago. Head coach Bryan Berryhill was able to have two throwers at Boise State's Border Clash last Friday, though. Senior Tyler Anderson made the most of the meet with a throw of 201-11 in the hammer for ninth in Cowboy history and first in the Mountain West this season.
"It's not common for us to compete our entire squad the week before the Mountain West meet, but some of the kids haven't competed for over three weeks," Berryhill said. "We need to use this dual to get prepared for next week's conference meet. We need to get that edge and that confidence back that sometimes you lose when you don't compete. We see it in practice during the week, but it's another thing to see it in competition."
Last Time Out: Throwers Excel at Boise State's Border Clash
Two University of Wyoming throwers performed well last Friday at Boise State's Border Clash.
Senior Tyler Anderson topped a field of 24 in the men's hammer throw with a personal-best toss of 201-11. The mark improved upon his previous best by over three feet and ranks first in the Mountain West this season. It also moved him into ninth in Cowboy history in the event.
Freshman Emelda Malm-Annan threw a personal-best 183-9 to place third among the 39 female competitors in the hammer throw. She also improved her previous best by three feet and set a UW freshman record according to associate head coach Paul Barrett. The mark was just 11 inches shy of the Cowgirls' all-time top 10 in the event and ranks fifth in the MW this season.
Cloetta Honored as Finalist for Top UW Award
A graduating Cowgirl student-athlete was honored with one of the University of Wyoming's top accolades last Friday. Senior track and field athlete Catherine Cloetta was named a finalist for the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award. The honor, established in 1964, annually recognizes the outstanding graduating woman at UW for exhibiting the finest leadership, academic integrity and citizenship qualities. A native of Jackson, Wyo., Cloetta has been a member of the Wyoming track and field and cross country programs the last three seasons. On the track she broke into the Cowgirls' all-time top 10 in the steeplechase last season and this season ran the fourth-fastest time in program history with a personal-best 11:00.77 on April 9. In the classroom, Cloetta has been named a MW Scholar Athlete twice. She will earn degrees in physiology and chemistry this May.
Rewriting Wyoming's All-Time Top 10
The Cowboys and Cowgirls notched one all-time top-10 performance at the Boise State Border Clash last weekend. Senior Tyler Anderson posted the No. 9 mark in Cowboy history with a toss of 201-11. He and junior Jordan Charles are currently the only Wyoming student-athletes to lead the Mountain West in an individual event. The current Cowboy roster owns 14 individual top-10 marks in Wyoming's outdoor history, while the current Cowgirls have 19, including 11 this year. UW has 75 entrees between the two programs and the two seasons.
Outdoor National Rankings
One Cowboy and one Cowgirl currently rank in the NCAA's top 50 of an event. Junior Jordan Charles is the Cowboy at No. 27 in the 110-meter hurdles after running 13.83 at the Weber State Open on April 9. He also ranks No. 37 in the 400-meter hurdles after a time of 51.49 at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge on April 23. Junior Audra DeStefano is the Cowgirl at No. 27 in the steeplechase. She ran 10:11.64 at the same meet as Charles. Charles in the 110 hurdles and senior Tyler Anderson in the hammer are currently the only Wyoming student-athletes to lead the Mountain West in an individual event. Teamwise, in the most recent USTFCCCA outdoor mountain region rankings the Cowgirls are 11th and the Cowboys 15th.
Wyoming competes at the 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Championships on May 11-14 in Fresno, Calif.