May 14, 2011
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Cowgirl Erin Kirby represented the Wyoming track and volleyball teams in style this past weekend at the Mountain West Conference Track and Field Championships in Fort Collins, Colo. Kirby, who is on scholarship with the volleyball team and went out for track this spring, came away with a conference title in the 400-meter hurdles.
Kirby's performance was a big surprise during the final day of the conference championship meet. Kirby won the 400-meter hurdles with the second-best time in Wyoming history, clocking in with a time of 59.39 seconds. This was the first weekend that Kirby had run the event in collegiate competition, and she became only the second freshman in MWC history to win the event. San Diego State's Kristen Olafsdottier (2006) is the only other student-athlete to win the title in her first year.
Kirby's day wasn't done with the 400-meter hurdles, though, as she performed well in three other events. The women's 4-by-100-meter relay team of Katy Hall, Chantel Bernabo, Kirby and Afiya Walker was fourth with a time of 46.32. Kirby also was seventh in the 100-meter hurdles, 14.33. To cap off the meet, the 4-by-400-meter relay team of Kirby, Simmons, Candace Wollert and Walker was second with a time of 3:39.69, which is the No. 5 all-time mark in school history.
Kirby redshirted for the Cowgirl volleyball team this past fall.