May 12, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships came to an end Saturday, and after four days of action, the University of Wyoming teams came away with All-Conference performances from 10 individuals and one relay team.
The Wyoming men finished sixth out of six teams with 96 points, while the UW women finished eighth out of eight squads with 63 points. The 63 points was the most points scored at the championships by the UW women since 2005.
Air Force captured the men's team title with 189.5 points, followed by Boise State (159), New Mexico (140), TCU (127) and Colorado State with 100.5 points.
TCU earned the top spot in the women's team standings with 147 points, and Colorado State was second with 135 points. Third place went to UNLV (130), fourth was San Diego State (103.5), followed by Boise State (83), Air Force (79) and New Mexico was seventh, 76.5.
In the shot put Saturday, junior Mollie Dahl was fifth with a throw of 48-11.50; while senior Ashley Hutchinson was sixth, 48-10.25. Hutchinson's mark was good enough to crack the all-time top-10 list, as she now sits in seventh. Junior Anna George brought home two points for the Cowgirls when she placed seventh in the javelin throw, hitting a mark of 131-5.
"The gals did a great job competing and represented Wyoming very well," UW throws coach Paul Barrett said.
The quartet of Audrey West, Samantha Kee, Erin Kirby and Chantel Bernabo was fourth in the 4-by-100-meter relay with a time of 46.52.
Sophomore Jenna Mann was seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.24, while sophomore Candace Wollert earned All-Conference honors with her third-place performance in the 800-meter run. Wollert earned an altitude-converted time of 2:08.61.
The Cowgirls scored 14 points in the 400-meter hurdles with the performances of sophomores Erin Kirby and Taylor Gardner and junior Diana Long. Kirby grabbed her second All-Conference honor in the event after taking first last year. She finished second with a time of 59.87, while Gardner was fifth (1:00.60) and Long was seventh, 1:01.74.
Freshman Samantha Kee was seventh in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line with a time of 24.89. Freshman Holly Page added two more points when she crossed the line in seventh in the 5,000-meter run with an altitude-converted time of 17:08.21.Sophomore Emily Moore just missed out on scoring, coming in ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 38-8.75.
The 4-by-400-meter relay team of freshman Audrey West, senior Lindsey Simmons, Kee and Kirby finished third with a time of 3:42.70, good for eighth place in Wyoming history.
"Our kids competed their brains out," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said. "The women's group really competed hard. The 4-by-100 team ran well and the 4-by-400 team ran really well.
"The girls in the 400 hurdles did a great job. Candace and Erin put themselves on the bubble for the NCAA West preliminary round with their All-Conference performances. Ashley and Mollie got some nice points in the shot, and Anna George was seventh in the javelin."
In the javelin, junior Henry Ferreira was the MW runner up with a mark of 203-6. That toss was a personal best and fourth in Wyoming history. Ferreira did that despite struggling with an arm injury that has forced him out of action over the last few weeks.
"Henry stepped up huge," Barrett said of Ferreira's notable performance.
The 4-by-100-meter relay team of Travis Gunderson, Jason Roascio, Stephen Michel and Lenyn Leonce was fourth, 41.07. That is No. 10 in UW history.
Senior Taylor Kelting was seventh in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:53.00, while junior Brandon Douglass finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.45.
Senior Jeremiah James was third in the men's triple jump with a season-best leap of 51-3.50. Teammate Jaymes Talkington, a junior, was seventh with a mark of 47-2.25. Aaron Praska, a junior, finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (55.15).
Four Pokes scored in the 5,000-meter run, including senior Greg Miller (second), senior Nick Ekel (fifth), senior Taylor Kelting (seventh) and sophomore Garrett Zans, who was eighth.
The Cowboys finished their day crossing the line in sixth place in the 4-by-400-meter relay with a time of 3:21.45. That team was comprised of Roascio, sophomore Colin Herold, Praska and Michel.
"On the men's side, we scored 96 points. I thought our guys, for as small as a team as we had, did a heck of a job," Yentes said. "Jerry was all-conference in the triple, and Talkington scored some points. The men in the 5,000 did great and busted their hump.
"We had a few ups and downs, but that's as hard as we've competed in a long time. They got after it, and I'm pleased with their efforts."
The Cowboys and Cowgirls now will wait to see how their times and marks measure up with the rest of the region to determine if they qualify for the NCAA West preliminary round, which will be May 24-26 in Austin, Texas.