UW Track Set To Open Indoor Season At Home

Nov. 30, 2011


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The 2011-12 Wyoming track season will get under way Friday as UW hosts the Power Meet. The meet traditionally serves as the season-opening event for the indoor track season. Action begins at 6 p.m. as Wyoming welcomes Northern Colorado into the War Memorial Fieldhouse.

What it means
The Power Meet is the first of two events in two weeks for the Cowboys and Cowgirls. After the Power Meet, the teams will travel to the Blue & Silver Open in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Dec. 9.

It's an opportunity for the Wyoming's student-athletes to begin the season on a high note. The Wyoming coaching staff will have about half of the roster available for competition for various reasons.

"The ones who will actually run, we're looking for good performances," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said. "We've been training for three months, so we're hoping that somebody does something. We're trying to get some things done, this week and next weekend down at Air Force.

"We want to try to make some steps forward. It won't be the end-all of anything, but we want to run better than we ran last year and throw better than last year. I'd say we've had a really good training season this fall. The kids have made some big strides, but they don't give too many awards for practice."

Facility upgrades
Friday's meet will be the first track event in the recently renovated Fieldhouse, which features a new track and infield surface. The upgrades began in July 2011 and cost about $350,000.

The schedule
Field events
6 p.m.: Weight throw, long jump, high jump
6:30 p.m.: Pole vault
After weight throw: Shot put
After long jump: Triple jump

Track events
7:30 p.m.: 55-meter hurdle prelims
7:45 p.m.: 55-meter dash prelims
8 p.m.: 600-yard run
8:15 p.m.: 400-meter dash
8:30 p.m.: 55-meter hurdle finals
8:45 p.m.: 55-meter dash finals
9 p.m.: 200-meter dash
9:15 p.m.: 4-by-400-meter relay