Cowboys and Cowgirls Host Rocky Mountain Classic on Friday
Feb. 19, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams look to make final adjustments for the conference championships on Friday when they host Air Force and Northern Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Classic on the Hager-LeBar Indoor Track in War Memorial Fieldhouse. Field events start at 3 p.m. MT and running events at 4:30 p.m. MT. Fans can follow live updates of the meet through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyoathletics.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls are coming off a weekend where they combined to post 12 new top-10 marks in Wyoming's record books at meets in Albuquerque and Seattle. The UW men posted seven marks, including the second-fastest times in the 800 meters by Harry Fisher and the 60-meter hurdles by Colin Herold. The UW women earned five marks, including the third-fastest 5,000 meters by Holly Page and the third-fastest 800 meters by Kerry White. Wyoming has five athletes who currently place in the top 50 of the national rankings.
"Our whole team won't compete this weekend, but this is still a valuable meet for us to host," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "We are trying to fine tune a few things for those who compete. We have a lot of athletes that are very close to hitting that huge mark or having that fast race. This meet just helps us get them one step closer to having that perfect conference performance next weekend at Air Force."
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"It seems like we had kids everywhere, but overall they competed well across the board and we got a lot of top-10 performances," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "That being said, we have a lot of things to clean up before conference in two weeks. Our schedule has progressively become more stressful and challenging, but the kids responded well to this weekend's meets. We had a lot of kids perform their very best, but also a lot of kids that were solid like they have been all year. The goal now is just to get that little bit more out of them in two weeks to reach our goal of top-three finishes at the conference meet."
Fisher paced the Pokes in Albuquerque by running to his third individual 800 title this season with a 1:49.29 to set a personal best by two seconds. His time is the fastest in the Mountain West this season and currently ranks 25th in the NCAA. Fellow graduate student Thomas Atkinson was right behind him in 1:52.15 for eighth overall, which ranks eighth all-time in UW history. Junior Colin Herold and sophomore Scott Carter were equally as impressive in the 60-meter hurdles. Herold posted UW's second-fastest time ever in the event at 8.08 and Carter ran 8.27 for eighth in Cowboy history. Freshman Jordan Charles crossed the line in the 60 meters in 6.92 for 10th on UW's indoor chart.
Senior Candace Wollert finished third in the women's 800 meters in 2:11.39, less than a second off her own school record. Her time was a season best and is the fifth fastest in the MW this season. Freshman Kerry White crossed the line right behind her in fourth at 2:11.80 for another personal-best time, which improves her third all-time mark for UW. Sophomore Kereston Thomas ran 7.64 in the 60 meters and senior Audrey West crossed the line in 7.70.
Senior Mason Finley highlighted Wyoming's performance in Seattle. He claimed his fifth shot put title of the season with a throw of 62-5 to finish first. Senior Garrett Zans ran 8:14.80 for eighth in the 3,000 meters and was less than half a second away from his personal best. Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano finished fifth in the race on the women's side in 9:53.62 to put her fifth all-time in Wyoming history in the event.
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