Wyoming Track and Field Shines at Cougar Invite
April 1, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming track and field team was in Provo, Utah on Friday competing at the Cougar Invite. On a beautiful, sunny day, sophomore Amanda Hopper and freshman Sharon Larrier qualified for the NCAA Regional meet in the 400 meters. The Cowgirl 4x100 meter relay team also qualified for regionals.
The Cowgirls captured six event titles on Friday including a first place finish in the 4x100 meter relay. The team consisting of seniors Shauna Smith and Jessica Fox, Hopper, and Shaylee Babbitt ran a time of 45.63. This time places them third all-time in Wyoming history.
Smith and Fox also took home four individual titles between the two of them. Smith won both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles with times of 13.55 and 57.39. Fox ran away with the title in the 200 meters with a time of 24.24 and also won the 100 meters with a time of 11.98. Hopper and Larrier both tied for the 400 meter title when they crossed the line with a time of 54.45. This time ranks as the fourth best time in Wyoming history.
Several Cowgirls posted personal records in their individual events. Junior Adewunmi Abudu and freshman Shaylee Babbit ran personal bests in the 200 meters with times of 25.05 and 25.09, good enough for third and fourth place finishes. Abudu also placed third in the 100 meters with a time of 12.29. Junior Courtney Schlegel also had a personal best when she soared 39' 5-1/2" in the triple jump and a second place finish.
The Cowgirls displayed how strong and deep they were in the distance events of Friday. In the 5000 meters, Wyoming placed four women in the top-five. Senior Jennifer Thompson led the team with a second place finish and a time of 17:38.36. Thompson was followed by freshman Gladys Jerotich (17:50.33), junior Michelle Kvernmo (17:52.66), and senior Natalie Kean (18:03.65) to round out the top-five. Senior Tanice Barnett also finished third in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:38.00.
Junior Marji Bovey also had a solid day with a third place finish in the shot put with a distance of 43' 5-1/4" and fifth in the hammer throw going 161' 2". Freshman Danielle Rawlings put herself third all-time in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 12:28.49.
The Cowboys had a solid day as well with eleven top-five finishers. Leading the way was senior Kyle Herl who came away with two personal records in both the hammer throw and the discus. In the hammer throw he placed second with a toss of 204' and his throw of 163' 11" in the discus was good enough for fifth. Sophomore Tyg Long took a second place home in the shot put when he threw 55' 7". Sophomore Tom Hall also finished third in the high jump when he leaped 6' 6-3/4".
The Cowboys would do the rest of their damage on the track. The men's 4x400 meter relay team consisting of juniors Robert Harris, Jermaine Kelly, sophomore Dominic Baysinger, and freshman Michael Arnwine would run the fifth best time in school's history of 3:12.82 and a second place finish. Harris also ended up fourth in the open 400 meters with a time of 48.34 just edging out Kelly at 48.35. Sophomore Dwight Neptune placed fifth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.01 while sopohmore Adam Kelly came in fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 22.22. Junior Ragan Driver ran a personal best in the 5000 meters of 15:34.56 just behind junior Brian Knight who ran it in 15:14.35 and a third place finish.
"It was a great meet for us," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "The kids stepped up and did a heck of a job. Today's performance was a far cry from the indoor season and I am very pleased with the team's performance."
Wyoming track and field also sent five athletes to Greeley Colo. today to compete at the UNC Muli-Event Invite. Junior Eric Suter led the way for the Cowboys as he placed seventh of 15 competitors and sophomore teammate Phillip Thomas finished tenth.
The Wyoming track and field teams will get the rest of the weekend off before they travel to Boulder, Colo. next weekend for the Colorado Invite on April 9th at 10 a.m.