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Carter’s Repeat, Two UW Records Headline Final Day of MW Championships
Carter’s Repeat, Two UW Records Headline Final Day of MW Championships

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Wyoming senior Scott Carter successfully defended his conference crown in the men's triple jump while senior Cassidy Meade and the men's 4x400-meter relay team established new program records as the University of Wyoming track & field team wrapped up competition at the 2017 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday. The Cowboys finished the team competition in fifth place with 60 points, while the Cowgirls finished 10th overall with 36 team points.  

Carter finished the meet with 23 of Wyoming's 60 points, inspiring head coach Bryan Berryhill to acknowledge what he has meant to the Brown and Gold for the last four seasons. "Scott's been a big contributor for this program his whole career, so for him to go out today and win the triple jump title is pretty special," Berryhill said. "He's a special athlete, and we appreciate everything he's done for us over his career."

Carter's mark of 50 feet, 8.25 inches was good enough for his second consecutive MW indoor title in the men's triple jump, as the senior triumphed over Colorado State's Preston Williams by three inches. Carter showed his incredible versatility by taking fourth in the men's 60-meter hurdles as well, posting a personal record of 7.95 seconds that is tied for third on the UW all-time list for the event. Senior teammate Jordan Charles earned all-MW honors in the event, taking second place with a time of 7.80.

Sophomore Jerayah Davis followed her runner-up performance in the women's long jump with a runner-up finish in the women's 60 meters, clocking a time of 7.30 in the finals. Freshman Jackson Wood was another point-scorer in the sprints for the Brown and Gold, taking eighth in the men's 400 meters with a time of 48.70.

The Cowboys' 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Jace Marx, Kevin Blackett, Wood and Bryce Ailshie earned all-conference honors by finishing third in the event, breaking a 17-year old school record with a time of 3:13.46. The previous record of 3:13.74 was set in 2000. Ailshie earned individual all-MW honors with a third-place finish in the 800 meters, clocking an adjusted time of 1:49.57 that ranks fourth on the UW all-time list. Ricky Faure finished right behind Ailshie, posting an adjusted time of 1:50.27 for fourth place.

"They went out there and competed," Berryhill said of the men's 4x400-meter relay team. "To be at the end of the meet and have that much energy, for them to go out there a little bit tired and get the school record, that says a lot about who they are."

Senior Cassidy Meade established a new University of Wyoming record in the women's 800 meters, clocking an adjusted time of 2:09.77 to break Candace Wollert's previous record of 2:10.52. Meade finished fifth overall, while Kerry White added another point for the Cowgirls by taking eighth.

"Cassidy's a great kid," Berryhill said. "She's gotten better and better each year. Right before the race, I said 'hey, let's go get the school record,' and she said 'well, it's my last chance.' So that was pretty neat." 

In the women's 3,000-meter run, Megan Brunette posted a personal record with an adjusted time of 9:50.27, good for No. 5 on the UW all-time list. 

Day Timberman and Allegra Carson went 7-8 in the women's triple jump, finishing with marks of 38-2 and 37-10.75, respectively. Along with Carter's win, Kyle Alexander added a point for the Cowboys with a mark of 45-5.25 for eighth place in the men's triple jump. Freshman Anissa Warner earned a share of seventh place in the high jump, adding a point for the Cowgirls with a mark of 5-4.25. 

Martin Fitzwater's toss of 53-0.25 in the shot put contributed a point for the Cowboys as the sophomore took eighth place. 

The Cowboys' fifth place finish was identical to their 2016 indoor finish. Colorado State captured both the men's and women's team titles, scoring 183 points on the men's side and 102.5 on the women's side. 

Any qualifying Wyoming athletes will head to College Station, Texas for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 10-11. The Wyoming track & field team will begin its outdoor season on March 17-18 in Boulder, Colo., at the Jerry Quiller Classic. 
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