UW Track and Field Teams Compete at MWC Championships This Weekend

May 10, 2006


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The University of Wyoming track and field teams are set to compete at the 2006 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships in Provo, Utah, at the Clarence F. Robison Track, this weekend. Last year the Cowgirls finished third, while the Pokes rounded out the weekend in fifth place.

The young Cowgirl team goes into the weekend with four individuals within the top-five in the conference, as well as one relay team. In the sprints and hurdles the UW women are led by sophomores Sharon Larrier and Shaylee Babbitt. Larrier has the fourth fastest 400-meter time in the conference of 54.11, while Babbitt currently holds the third fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles of 13.97. Larrier will also join senior Ingvild Carstens, junior Aniis Hopkins, and sophomore Maricel DaCosta, to make up the Cowgirl 4x400-meter relay team that holds the fourth fastest time in the MWC of 3:47.52. In the 5,000-meters, sophomore Gretchen Fagley's time of 17:05.90 is the fifth best time in the event, just ahead of 17:08.17 held by senior Jennifer Thompson.

As for the field events, the Cowgirls are led by junior Kate Burton in the hammer throw. She holds the second furthest throw in the MWC of 197' 11". Other notables to look for in the field events are senior Marji Bovey and junior Lauri Smith. Bovey will try to prolong her career as a Cowgirl in the shot put and hammer throw, while Smith will look to have a good showing in the pole vault.

The long jump will be one of ten events that Cowboy Phillip Thomas will compete in during the MWC decathlon. (MWC photo)

The Pokes have seven individuals within the top five in their events heading into the weekend. Looking to get his third career MWC Championship in the 800-meters will be senior Jeremiah Johnson. He currently holds the fastest time in the event so far this season of 1:48.84. Senior Brian Knight will look to grab All-MWC honors (top three) as he runs in his last conference championship meet. His time of 14:25.88 is the fourth fastest time in the 5,000-meters thus far. Sophomores Philemon Tanui and Shadrack Too will look to be in contention in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Tanui's time of 8:56.57 ranks third in the MWC, while Too has the fifth fastest time in the event of 9:11.24. Other Cowboys to watch for in the distance events will be sophomore Mark Korir in the 5,000-meters and senior Ragan Driver in the 10,000-meters.

In the hurdle and sprints events, sophomore Michael Arnwine will look to earn All-MWC honors. He has the fifth fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles of 14.45, just ahead of senior Josh Barge's time of 14.50. Another Cowboy to watch is junior Dwight Neptune in the 100-meters. Neptune has been plagued by injuries during the outdoor season, but earned All-MWC honors last year in the event.

Holding it down in the field events for the Pokes will be junior Blake Jackson and freshman Brad Charters. Jackson has recorded the second furthest triple jump to date of 50' 7" and will look to get some more confidence heading into regionals. Charters will look to have a good day in the hammer throw as he enters the meet with the second furthest throw in the MWC of 187' 7". This meet will also give him some more experience before regionals.

The meet is scheduled to begin on Wednesday night with the start of the multi-events, which will then finish up on Thursday. The field events will begin on Friday at 11 am, while the track events well begin at 1 pm.