FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The University of Wyoming track & field team had a solid day in all event areas at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday, winning six events as senior Jordan Charles took home victories in both the men’s 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles competitions.
The Cowboys’ 4×400-meter relay team of Bryce Ailshie, Ricky Faure, Kevin Blackett and Jace Marx provided one of the day’s major highlights for Wyoming, contributing the No. 4 time on the UW all-time list for the event and taking top honors on Saturday at 3:11.81. The Cowboys took third out of five teams in the men’s Division I team standings at 101.5 points, while the Cowgirls were third of four Division I women’s teams with 127 points.
Charles clocked 10.77 seconds in the 100 meters to win the event while Jace Marx was third at 10.80. Charles won the 110-meter hurdles by four-tenths of a second in 14.09. In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Mikalah Skates clocked in at 14.32 for a third-place finish. The Cowgirls’ 4×400-meter relay team clocked in with a season-best time of 3:51.74, taking second.
Meanwhile, Sam Kirkeide was the runner-up in the men’s 200 meters at 21.79. The Cowboys’ 4×100-meter relay team of Blackett, Charles, Kirkeide and Marx also took top honors, crossing the finish line with a time of 41.14.
Kerry White was victorious in the 800 meters for the Cowgirls, posting a raw time of 2:11.18, while Calbi Ausmann and Emily Person went 3-4 at 2:17.38 and 2:17.41, respectively. Solana Quistorff was the second-place finisher in the women’s 1,500 meters, clocking in at 4:47.48. Calum Kepler was third in the men’s 800 meters, posting a raw time of 1:53.19.
Ja’la Henderson was another event winner for the Cowgirls, taking first in the long jump with a mark of 18 feet, 10.75 inches. Jerayah Davis followed Henderson, taking second at 18-8.5. On the men’s side of the long jump, Bobby Wingeleth took runner-up honors at 22-8.5. In the women’s triple jump, Allegra Carson leapt 38-0.75 for third place.
Emelda Malm-Annan continued her consistent season with a second-place finish in the women’s hammer throw, tossing 190-11. On the men’s side of the event, Damon Unland took third place with a toss of 186-1. He also finished third in the men’s discus, throwing 165-4, while Garrett Lynch placed fourth at 163-2. Hannah Carr was the runner-up in the women’s discus, throwing 146-3, while also taking third in the shot put at 43-1.75. In the men’s javelin throw, Hap Frketich took second place with a toss of 191-2, just short of a season best.
“I thought it was a solid day,” said head coach Bryan Berryhill on Saturday following the meet. “The energy was there. We saw a lot of solid performances across the board in all event areas. I think we took another step forward to being a better team before the conference championships.”
Wyoming Cancels 7220 Invite
With snow in the forecast for Friday, the University of Wyoming track & field program has canceled the 7220 Invite, head coach Bryan Berryhill announced Wednesday.
Wyoming was scheduled to host a number of regional teams for its lone home outdoor meet of the season, but expected snow and cold temperatures forced a cancellation. After a difficult 2016 outdoor season with multiple meet cancellations across the Front Range due to inclement weather, this will be the first weather cancellation for the Pokes during the 2017 outdoor campaign.
Wyoming is next scheduled to compete in a dual meet at Colorado State on Friday, May 5 before heading to the 2017 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Logan, Utah on May 10-13.
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