Track & Field

Wyoming Track and Field Competes at Tom Benich Classic

Sophomore Ainsley Thaikill ran to first place in the women's 400 meter hurdles.<br>

Sophomore Ainsley Thaikill ran to first place in the women's 400 meter hurdles.

April 3, 2004

GREELEY, Colo. -

The University of Wyoming track and field teams completed their second weekend of the 2004 outdoor season Saturday at the Tom Benich Classic in Greeley, Colo. The meet was hosted by Northern Colorado and featured track and field programs from Air Force, Chadron State College, Colorado, Colorado College, Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming.

Eight Cowgirls notched first place performances on Saturday for UW. Junior Shauna Smith took the top spot in two events. She set a new UW school record in the 200 meter dash with her time of 23.53, while also placing first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.99.

Jessica Fox was the first to cross the finish line in the women's 400 meter dash. She finished a full three seconds in front of the field with a performance of 53.00. Fox also placed second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.07.

Wyoming's Tanice Barnett was the top finisher in the 800 meter run. She finished with a time of 2:17.84 to claim first place. Maggie Diller finished in sixth with a personal best time of 2:25.20.

UW swept the top three spots in the women's 3,000 meter run. Jennifer Thompson lead the field with her time of 10:12.83 to dominate the race. Michelle Kvermo and Natalie Kean placed second and third with times of 10:36.92 and 10:37.70, respectively.

Laramie, Wyo., native Ainsley Thaikill earned a first place finish in the women's 400 meter hurdles. Thaikill finished a full second in front of her competitors with a time of 1:03.16.

Two Cowgirls took home first place honors in their respective field events. Senior Andrea Batt finished with the best distance in the women's hammer throw, 176' 5 1/2", and she also placed second in the shot put with a distance of 48' 9 1/2".

Aniis Hopkins' mark of 17' 8 3/4" was good for a first place finish in the women's long jump. Hopkins also finished eighth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:11.81.

Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson was one of two Cowboys to garner a first place finish on Saturday. Johnson took the top spot in the 1,500 meter run with a personal best time of 3:3.30, a full two seconds in front of the second place finisher Moses Tum of Colorado, 3:55.45.

 

 

The other first place finisher for the Pokes was freshman Devale Johnson, who finished in first place in the men's triple jump. His mark of 43' 9 3/4" took the top spot.

UW's Dominic Baysinger and Matt Hudson finished second and third, respectively, in the 800 meter run. Baysinger's time of 1:56.22 is a personal best mark for the freshman. Hudson's finish, 1:56.49, is the second best time of his career, 1:56.49.

In the men's hammer throw, UW's Zack Schaefer finished in second place with the fourth best throw in school history. His mark of 207' 9" is the best throw of his career and currently ranks as the best distance in the Mountain West Conference.

Other Cowboy notables were Blake Jackson finishing in third place in the long jump with a mark of 23' and Brad Vodicka placing third in the shot put with a distance of 50' 10 1/4".

"I thought we had some nice performances," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "The competition was really spread out, so it was hard to get a good look at everyone today, but I liked what I saw for the most part. We did suffer a couple of minor injuries today, but that is expected."

"Overall, it was a nice, solid meet for our teams, and we made some great improvements from last week."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will be back in action next week when they travel to Ogden, Utah to compete at the Weber State Open on April 10th.

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