GILLETTE, Wyo. (Jan. 31, 2014) – The University of Wyoming men’s and women’s track and field teams won 21 of 28 events during Friday’s Powder River Dual to beat Montana State for both titles in the Campbell County Recreation Center. The Cowboys claimed an 89-61 win with 11 event victories, while the Cowgirls earned first in 10 events for an 86-64 win.
“I thought it was a total team effort today,” UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. “On paper it should have been a lot closer, but we went in with a lot of fight and won a lot more events than I thought we would. There weren’t really any holes out there for us today. We had a lot of mental errors and things we didn’t do well last weekend, so to see them bounce back and put forth that kind of effort today says a lot about where they are mentally.”
Sophomore Tyler Anderson improved his personal best by winning the weight throw in 65-11. The mark is more than a foot better than his performance last weekend and moved him into 21st in the nation in the event. Graduate student Harry Fisher ran his first race in brown and gold and won the 800 meters in 1:51.54 to place fourth on UW’s all-time indoor charts, while junior Aaron Derner and senior Garrett Zans earned top-10 marks in the 3,000 meters. Derner ran a personal-best 8:14.38 for fourth all-time and Zans improved his personal best as well with an 8:14.50 for fifth. Junior Kyle Sullivan was the only Cowboy to win two events during the dual, as he took home the title in high jump at 6-2 3/4 and cleared a personal-best 12-11 1/2 to win the pole vault.
Sophomore Kereston Thomas, senior Jenna Mann and junior Shreese Daniels paced the Cowgirls with two event titles each. Thomas won the 60 meters in 7.61 and the 200 meters in 24.59, while Mann placed first in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.58 and the long jump at 18-7. Daniels threw 46-7 1/4 in the shot put and 62-8 3/4 in the weight throw to win both events. Junior Holly Page and redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano went one and two in the 3,000 meters and ran the top two times in the Mountain West this season. Page crossed the line in 9:49.02, just one second off her personal best, while DeStefano finished in a personal-best 9:54.58 for sixth on UW’s all-time list. Freshman Kerry White competed in her first collegiate meet and finished second in the 800 meters in 2:13.38 for sixth all-time in Cowgirl history.
Wyoming will send squads to the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., and the Don Kirby Collegiate in Albuquerque, N.M., next weekend.
–UW Sports Information Office