Record Setting Day for Henderson and Wyoming Track & Field
From the Desk of Nate Lake
GREELEY – Cowgirl junior Ja’la Henderson recorded a jump of 43 feet, a half inch in the women's triple jump at the Tom Benich Invitational Saturday, winning the event by more than four feet, and breaking the school record Tomeca Brown in 1999.
Fellow junior Jordan Edmonds set a school top 10 mark in the 200 meters and the Unland brothers dominated thehammer throw in a meet that saw Wyoming win 11 events.
“Ja’la (Henderson) had another great day,” UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. “Overall, it was a solid day for both teams. It was a cool and breezy day but the team didn’t let that get in the way of competing with great effort and focus. Our goal now is to get better every week and take advantage of every opportunity we get to compete.”
Henderson’s leap of 43-0.5 broke Brown's record of 41 feet, 2 1/4 inches.
Henderson, a native of Dayton, Ohio, native now holds UW triple jump records indoor and outdoor, and ranks No. 2 on the UW all-time lists for both long jumps. She currently leads the Mountain West in the triple jump by well over a foot, and is also the conference leader in the long jump. Henderson’s triple jump is good for fifth in the national ranks so far this outdoor season.
Edmonds’ time of 24.02 seconds in the women’s 200 meters makes her the No. 9 performer in UW history. Edmonds was the top collegiate performer in the event on Saturday. She also battled through a headwind to take third place in the women’s 100 meters with a time of 12.01. Fellow sprinter Melina Harris took second in the women’s 400 meters, clocking 57.12. The Cowboys’ 4x100-meter relay team had a good day as well, taking second place with a time of 41.32.
In the men’s long jump, senior Caleb Seeton notched another victory for UW with an outdoor personal best of 23-3.25, while fellow senior Bobby Wingeleth was third at 21-11.5. Freshman William Nolan conducted business as usual in the men’s triple jump, winning the event with a mark of 48-1.75.
UW’s throws bros, Damon and Kirk Unland, dominated the men’s hammer throw with a 1-2 finish. Damon threw 196 feet even for the victory, while Kirk posted a personal best at 188-5 for second place. On the women’s side, Emelda Malm-Annan placed fourth at 186-8. The Cowgirls had a strong showing in the discus, as Hannah Carr was second with a toss of 153-9 while Addison Henry placed fourth at 143-11.
Junior Ricky Faure led a trio of UW middle distance runners in the men’s 800 meters on Saturday, winning the event with a conference-leading, altitude-adjusted time of 1:49.79. Fellow junior Bryce Ailshie was third with an adjusted time of 1:50.86, while senior Calum Kepler was sixth at 1:53.04. Ailshie currently ranks third in the MW, while Kepler is right behind him in fourth. Senior Kerry White led the Pokes in the women’s 800, clocking an adjusted time of 2:14.73 to take fifth.
Wyoming was victorious in both the men’s and women’s 1,500 meters, as sophomore Daniel Hintz took the top spot on the men’s side while senior Lauren Hamilton won the women’s race. Hintz clocked an altitude-adjusted time of 3:49.51, currently good for third in the MW, while Hamilton’s adjusted time was 4:34.51. Sophomore Michael Downey was runner-up to Hintz in the men’s race, checking in with an adjusted time of 3:51.73. UW had three of the top five in the women’s race, as Emily Person placed third and Solana Quistorff took fifth with respective adjusted times of 4:40.25 and 4:43.83. The times were personal bests for Hintz, Downey and Person.
The Brown and Gold had yet another sweep in the 5,000 meters, as redshirt freshman Christopher Henry won the men’s competition while sophomore Ashley Bock cruised to victory on the women’s side. Henry clocked an altitude-adjusted time of 14:41.89 in the first outdoor 5,000 meters of his career, while Bock’s adjusted time of 17:28.58 was a personal best. Both Pokes won their respective races by more than 15 seconds.
Wyoming added a sweep of the 3,000-meter steeplechase for good measure, with redshirt freshman Harry Ewing taking the win in the men’s race while sophomore Kacey Doner won the women’s race. Ewing clocked an altitude-adjusted time of 9:07.42 while winning the race by more than 10 seconds, while Doner claimed her victory with an adjusted time of 11:12.11.
Ariana Williams placed third in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.37, while Heidi Pfoor clocked a personal record of 1:01.84 for second place in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Freshman McCade Johnson took fourth in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, posting a time of 54.45.