Cowboys and Cowgirls Continue Outdoor Season in Colorado
April 3, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the second time in as many weeks, the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams will head south to the state of Colorado for a meet. The Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete in Northern Colorado's Tom Benich Invitational on Friday in Greeley and on Saturday in Fort Collins. Competition on Friday starts at 2 p.m. MT at Nottingham Field, while the hammer and discus will be Saturday at 10 a.m. MT at Jack Christiansen Track. Junior Holly Page will be the lone Wyoming representative at the Stanford Invitational, as she runs the 5,000 meters on Friday at 12:18 p.m. MT. Fans can follow live updates through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyoathletics.
The majority of the Cowboys and Cowgirls started their outdoor season with a strong showing at last Saturday's Fum McGraw Quadrangular in Fort Collins, while a contingent of six Wyoming student-athletes competed in the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic from Thursday to Saturday. The UW men and women combined to notch seven new top-10 marks over the weekend, as junior Kyle Sullivan won the decathlon with 6,772 points for seventh all-time and redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano was runner-up in the steeplechase in 10:59.68 for third all-time. Sophomore Kereston Thomas was Wyoming's only athlete with multiple event wins, as she finished first in the 100 and 200 meters.
"When you look at our progression throughout the season, last weekend was a great starting point for us," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "There wasn't one eye-popping performance, but overall as a team we carried that momentum from a great finish to the indoor season to the outdoor season. Now we have to get better each and every week and how we do that is in our training plan. The next two weeks are probably some of the heavier training loads of the year, before we reduce to prepare for some big meets and the conference meet."
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"We had some very good starting marks across the board" UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "You don't come out in the first meet very often and get the number of top-10 marks we did, but to do that in the first go-round is impressive. Kereston picked up right where she left off during indoors, and Zans and DeStefano ran good steeple times early in the morning when it was pretty cold out. Gardner's time in a very tough event was pretty good for the first outdoor meet as well."
Thomas took home titles in the 100 meters in 11.84 and the 200 meters in 24.26, as both marks were less than a second away from her personal bests. Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano took second in the steeplechase in 10:59.68, which ranks third in UW history, while junior Julie Popish cleared 10-8 in the pole vault for seventh in Cowgirl history. Other event winners for Wyoming included freshman Mikalah Skates in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.61 and freshman Megan Brunette in the 5,000 meters in 18:00.14. Senior Taylor Gardner claimed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.07, while fellow senior Candace Wollert finished the same in 800 meters in 2:11.89. Freshman Megan Welch was third as well in the triple jump with a leap of 36-5 1/2.
For the Cowboys, senior Mason Finley was second in the discus with a toss of 184-10, good for seventh in Wyoming history, while junior Paul Thomas was third at 179-5. Senior Garrett Zans won the steeplechase in 8:57.73 and sophomore Amos Bowen was third in the event at 9:40.01. Sophomore Scott Carter earned a personal best in the triple jump in 47-5 1/4 for second. Graduate student Thomas Atkinson claimed runner-up honors in the 800 meters in 1:53.41, while junior Aaron Derner also crossed the line second in the 5,000 meters in 14:38.57, less than a second away from his personal best. Sophomore Dylan Morin was third in the 5,000 meters at 14:50.91. Freshman Bobby Wingeleth was third in the long jump in 20-11 1/4. Wyoming also concluded action at the UC Riverside Spring Classic on Saturday, as freshman Jordan Charles finished third in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.49, good for seventh in Cowboy history, and senior Audrey West was third in the long jump at 19-3 1/4 for ninth in UW history.
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