Seniors Step Up In Shine Invitational
Feb. 17, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
"We got a lot of things done today," Wyoming head coach Don Yentes said. "It's not easy doing things on top of the hill in track and field. Our kids have made some strides - we had 16 personal-bests or season-bests. That's far better than where we were three weeks ago. It's coming."
The two biggest highlights of the night came in the men's and women's weight throws, as the UW throwers stepped up.
Two seniors won the events, as Joe Plante and Ashley Hutchinson took the crowns in their respective events. Plante's toss of 66 feet, 1 inch, was 10th on UW's all-time list and was 21st in the nation as of Friday night. Hutchinson's toss was impressive as well, hitting 65-4 ¾, good for second in UW history. That mark also is 22nd in the nation and fifth in Mountain West history.
"It was great to see Ashley and Joe step up as seniors in their last appearance in the War Memorial Fieldhouse and throw big personal records," Wyoming throws coach Paul Barrett said. "They are both peaking right now and making a run to qualify for the NCAA Championships."
Another notable achievement was Air Force's Cale Simmons setting the new Hager-LeBar Indoor Track record in the pole vault, with a mark of 17-10 ½. That bettered the previous mark by nearly 10 inches.
Chantel Bernabo was second in the 55-meter dash, 7.21; and Samantha Kee was third, 7.24. Kee's time was a personal-best. Andrea Klimowski was first in the 600-yard run, 1:32.14; and Jessica Lemaster was just behind, 1:32.55. Lindsey Simmons finished first in the 200-meter dash, 25.44; and Taylor Gardner was second, 25.65.
Up next, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete in the Mountain West Indoor Championships, which begin Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M.