Track & Field

Track & Field Tunes Up Before Next Week's MWC Championships

Junior Zack Schaefer took first in the weight throw with a provisional NCAA Championship qualifying mark.<br>

Junior Zack Schaefer took first in the weight throw with a provisional NCAA Championship qualifying mark.

Feb. 20, 2004

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming track and field teams competed in their final meet before the Mountain West Conference Championships Friday hosting the Wyoming Open in the War Memorial Fieldhouse in Laramie. The MWC Track and Field Championships are set for Feb. 26th-28th in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Junior Zack Schaefer highlighted the Cowboys by taking first place in the men's weight throw. Schaefer set new personal best marks in all of his five attempts Friday night, the best being 68' 6". The distance is a provisional NCAA Championship qualifying mark and currently ranks as the sixth best throw in the nation.

Also in the men's weight throw, junior Kyle Herl finished in second place with a NCAA provisional mark of 65' 7 1/4". Herl also took second place in the shot put with another NCAA provisional mark. His distance of 59' 11 3/4" is a personal best mark for the Hays, Kan. native.

Wyoming's multi-event athlete Bret Zowada turned in some great performances on Friday. Zowada took the top spot in the men's high jump, clearing the bar at a season's best height of 6' 6 3/4". Zowada also turned in a career best mark in the pole vault, clearing 12'.

Other Cowboy notables were; Eric Suter taking first place in the 55 meter hurdles (7.8), Dwight Neptune finishing first in the 55 meter dash (6.39) and Jermaine Kelley clocking in at 51.41 in the 400 meter dash for first place.



For the Cowgirls, senior Andrea Batt recorded NCAA provsional distances in both the shot put and weight throw events. In the shot put, Batt's distance of 52' 3/4" placed her first in the field of 14 while her mark of 65' 7 1/4" was good enough for second place and also her second best performance of the year.

For the second time this season, Cowgirl sprinter Kima Wells posted a NCAA provisional time in the 55 meter dash. Wells, a native of Alpine, Wyo., clocked in at 6.88 to finish in first place. Gelsey Polson finished third for Wyoming with a time of 7.29.

Sophomore Shauna Smith tuned up for next week's MWC Championships by taking the No. 1 position in the 55 meter hurdles. Smith finished first with a time of 7.90. UW's Leah Burke finished second with a time of 8.68.

In the women's 200 meter dash freshman Aniis Hopkins and sophomore Christine Michel finished in first and second place, respectively. Hopkins took the top spot with a time of 26.77 while Michel followed in 27.59. Hopkins also won the women's long jump competition with a leap of 17' 11 1/4".

Junior Courtney Schelgel recorded her best mark of the season in the triple jump on Friday night. Schlegel defeated her competition with a jump of 38' 9 1/2".

"Overall I thought tonight was a really good tune-up before next weekend," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "Zack Schaefer had a really good day and I think Kima Wells is on the verge of a major breakthrough at the Mountain West Conference meet and showed that tonight. Now we have some time to rest and get ready for the big show next weekend."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete next weekend at the 2004 Mountain West Conference Track and Field Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. The heptathlon and pentathlon competition starts on Thursday, Feb. 26th and is being hosted by the Air Force Academy.

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