The Wyoming Indoor Track & Field teams dominated the Robert Shine Invitational Friday night at the War Memorial Field House in Laramie, in their final match before the Mountain West Conference Championships.
Other teams competing in the event were the Air Force Falcons and Colorado State Rams, both are MWC foes.
Wyoming was led by defending MWC long and triple jump champion Jeremiah James, as he posted the 11th best triple jump in nation to win the event. His leap of 16.00m is the second longest triple jump in War Memorial Field House history behind current jumps coach and UW Track & Field Hall of Famer Quincy Howe (16.15m). James has already qualified for the NCAA Championships.
It feels really good, James said. I thought it wasnt that far because I really wasnt feeling the intensity, but Im very pleased with my jump.
Jennifer Schmitz won the 55-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 8.05 to beat out teammate Katy Halls time of 8.26.
It feels good, Ive been sick this whole week and I didnt practice pretty much at all this week, Schmitz said. It felt good to have a good race, especially before conference.
Other Cowgirl winners were Chantel Bernabo in the 55-meter dash (7.26), Gretchen McCormick in the 400-meter dash (1:03.46), Taylor Gardner, Olivia Heaston, Erica Anderson, and McCormick in the 4x400-meter relay (4:02.36), Johnna Jeffries in the high jump (1.70m), and Erin Urbanoski in the long jump (5.59m).
The other leaders for the Cowboys consisted of Stephen Michel in the 55-meter dash (6.31), Keith Brauneis in the 200-meter dash (22.82), Ken Lane in the 600-yard run (1:16.62), Brandon Douglass in the 55-meter hurdles (7.62), Mark Flegel, Jason Easley, Andy McKen, and Lane in the 4x400-meter relay (3:36.77), Tyler Skinner in the high jump (2.08m), and Lenyn Leonce in the long jump (7.20m).
Overall UW head Track & Field coach Don Yentes was pleased with his teams efforts.
We had some really nice performances today, said Yentes. Jeremiah James, his jump is the 11th best in the country, and thats pretty salty, that was excellent. Stephen Michel had a great meet, Jennifer Schmitz ran a P.R. in the 55-hurdles, Mario Harris ran a nice job, his first time hed ever ran the 55 (meter dash), and Brandon Douglass and Michael Tasker did nice jobs in the hurdles. Hopefully it will be a starting point for next week. This is a team thats young and weve gotten better every week. If they can just keep going and trust their training, I think we can mix it up a little better in the conference meet next week.
The Air Force men were led by Justin Manchester in the 400-meter dash (50.95), and Rob Simmons in the pole vault (5.05m), while the women victors were Phaelen French in the 600-yard run (1:31.51), Kimber Shealy (holds the War Memorial Field House pole vault record at 4.25m) won the pole vault with a throw of 4.05m, and Sara Neubauer won the shot put and weight throw with distances of 16.13m and 18.75m.
Tyson Williams of Colorado State won the mens shot put with a toss of 17.31m.
Wyoming will now prepare for the MWC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 25–27 in Albuquerque, N.M, on the campus of the University of New Mexico.