Pokes Set to Begin 2017 Outdoor Campaign at Jerry Quiller Classic
LARAMIE, Wyo. – The 2016-17 indoor track & field season has come and gone for the University of Wyoming track & field team, but the work continues outdoors as the Pokes head to Boulder, Colo., for the Jerry Quiller Classic on Saturday. The Cowboys are coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2017 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships, while the Cowgirls are coming off a 10th-place finish. The program earned 11 all-conference awards at the meet, as three athletes (Scott Carter, Bryce Ailshie and Jerayah Davis) each received multiple accolades from the Mountain West for top-three finishes in their respective events.
After collecting Wyoming’s only event win by defending his conference title in the men’s triple jump at the MW indoor championships, Carter returns for his final outdoor season after redshirting the 2016 outdoor campaign. The senior leader will be looking for his first outdoor all-conference award in the triple jump since the 2014 campaign, when he leapt 50 feet, 2.5 inches to take third at the MW outdoor championships. Carter is coming off a brilliant performance at the MW indoor championships in which he earned 23 of the Cowboys’ 60 points by taking first in the triple jump, second in the long jump and fourth in the 60-meter hurdles. Carter’s best outdoor conference finish in the long jump was fifth in 2014, so the senior will attempt to climb into all-conference territory in the event as he did indoors.
After missing qualification to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 110-meter hurdles by just one spot in 2016, fellow senior Jordan Charles will have one final chance to prove himself one of the country’s best in the event in 2017. Charles placed second in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2017 MW indoor championships, running a blazing time of 7.80 seconds. Charles has earned all-conference awards in the 110-meter hurdles in all three of his collegiate seasons but seeks his first conference title in the event in 2017.
Sophomore star Jerayah Davis enters the outdoor season on the heels of two runner-up finishes in the long jump and 60-meter dash at the MW indoor championships. She will attempt to convert her success in track & field’s shortest indoor sprint event to the 100 meters outdoors, where she owns the No. 6 mark in UW history at 11.81 seconds. Fellow sophomore Ja'la Henderson crossed the 20-foot milestone in the long jump for the first time in her career during the indoor season, and will look to do the same outdoors after winning the event four times outdoors during the 2016 campaign. Henderson currently holds the No. 9 mark on the UW all-time list for the outdoor long jump at 19-5.25.
Middle distance duo Ricky Faure and Bryce Ailshie will attempt to continue wreaking havoc on opposing 800-meter runners during the 2017 outdoor season after finishing third (Ailshie) and fourth (Faure) in the event at the 2017 MW indoor championships. Faure redshirted the 2016 outdoor season and will return to the outdoor track for the first time since 2015, when he picked up a conference title in the 800 meters. Faure is also searching for the UW school record in the outdoor 800 meters, as he is currently ranked No. 2 all-time at UW with a time of 1:47.59 while Wesley Maiyo’s time of 1:46.44 from 1975 remains at the top of the list. Ailshie will join him in the quest, as his current personal best in the 800 meters outdoors is 1:50.05. Senior Cowgirl Cassidy Meade is fresh off setting a school record in the 800 meters at the MW indoor championships, and will try for her first all-conference performance in the event outdoors after finishing sixth in the conference standings last season. Meade owns the No. 4 outdoor 800 meters time in program history at 2:09.77.
All seven of the aforementioned athletes will be in the spotlight as the Cowboys and Cowgirls travel to Boulder for the first outdoor meet of the year. Saturday’s action begins at 11 a.m. MT at Potts Field, with the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and a number of field events slated to get the day started. The final scheduled track event is the women’s 4x400-meter relay, which is scheduled to begin at 3:10 p.m. MT. Fans can follow along on Twitter at @wyo_track.