Schaefer And Barnett Win Big At Husker Invite
Feb. 16, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Sophomore's Zach Schaefer and Tanice Barnett both took first place in their respective events for Wyoming Track and Field at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday. Schaefer's throw of 61' 1/4" took the crown in the weight throw while Barnett's time of 2:13.53 was good for first place in the 800 meters.
"We had some nice performances today," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "We had a lot of athletes set personal records in their events and that is great to see just weeks before the conference meet."
Wyoming athletes that set personal records were senior Lee Ann Forbes in the 800 meters (2:19.14), freshman Brian Knight in the 3,000 meters (8:30.98), sophomore Jennifer Thompson in the 800 meters (10:15.98) sophomore Natalie Kean in the 3,000 meters (10:19.02), and freshman Robert Harris in the 400 meter dash (49.69).
The Cowgirls set a new school record in the 4x400 meter relay. The tandem
of Ingvild Carstens, Shauna Smith, Kima Wells and Jessica Fox broke the
previous record by half a second with a time of 3:47.11. Wells also took
third place in the 200 meter dash (25.08) and fourth place in the 60 meter
dash (7.64). Other Cowgirls that turned in quality performances were junior
Crystal Smith who took second in the weight throw (61' 1.5"), freshman
Melissa Vallejos' fourth place performance in the weight throw (56'.5"), and
junior Andrea Batt who earned a second place finish in the shot put (50'
The Cowboys were led by the throw crew as four athletes earned team points on the day. Senior John Griffith finished right behind Schaefer in the weight throw finishing second (58' 7.25"). Senior Dan Williams and sophomore Brad Vodicka finished sixth and seventh in the shot put with marks of 54' 5.25" and 53' 9" respectively.
Senior Mervin Swaby's mark of 23' 7.5" in the long jump was good enough for second place for the Pokes. Swaby also finished sixth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.94. Other Cowboy notables were freshman Blake Jackson's fourth place finish in the triple jump (45' 1"), and sophomore Matt Hudson who finished seventh in the mile run (4:15.34).
"We need to get focussed for the conference meet in two weeks," added Yentes. "We made some nice strides today, but we need everyone to step it up if we want to finish the indoor season strong."
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will next compete at the Wyoming Open on Feb. 21st in Laramie, Wyo., in the War Memorial Fieldhouse.