March 30, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -
The sun set on Day Three of the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday, and the University of Wyoming track and field program took away some notable performances.
The 4-by-400-meter relay team was 29th overall, which included senior Lindsey Simmons, junior Diana Long, freshman Audrey West and sophomore Taylor Gardner. The foursome earned a time of 3:47.22 in the event, a season best. Long and West each ran their legs of the race in the 56-second range, marks that Wyoming coach Don Yentes called "outstanding."
The quartet of sophomore Jenna Mann, West, Simmons and senior Chantel Bernabo crossed the line with a time of 48.30 seconds in the 4-by-100-meter relay in 37th overall.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Mann was 45th (14.40) while senior Maggie Ochsner was 65th, 15.0.
The Wyoming 4-by-100-meter relay team was 25th, hitting a mark of 41.96 seconds. In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Brandon Douglass earned a season-best time along with a top-20 finish. Douglass was 19th in a loaded field with a time of 14.60 seconds. Teammate Michael Tasker, a junior, was 40th with a time of 15.32.
"Brandon ran a nice race in the hurdles," Yentes said.
Junior Travis Gunderson was 54th in the 100-meter dash (11.03) while in the high jump, junior Tyler Skinner was 12th, crossing the bar at 6-6 ¾.
The student-athletes competed in front of some of the largest crowds they will see all season.
"It was good to get a little taste of what track and field is like and some exposure for the kids," Yentes said. "They should feel a little bit more at ease when the big meets come rolling in."
Action wraps up Saturday in the Texas Relays, while a large contingent of Wyoming tracksters will compete in the Fum McGraw Quad in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday.