UW Track Team Makes Big Impression in 7220 Invite
LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming track & field team recorded a eight UW all-time top 10 marks and a host of personal best performances Friday in the 7220 Invite at the Memorial 8 Track at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
“It’s always good to compete here at home,” UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said following the meet. “The weather was as nice as it gets for a track meet. It was very conducive to good performances, which we saw in the field events and on the track today. We’re two weeks away from conference, and this is where you want to see your kids competing their best and you want to see them grow with their confidence. Today is going to boost their confidence going into the conference championships. I thought we saw a lot of good things across the board.”
The Cowboys owned the men’s 1,500 meters on Friday, as sophomore Daniel Hintz and junior Michael Downey posted the No. 2 and No. 3 times on the UW all-time list for the event. Hintz’s converted time of 3 minutes, 43.20 seconds was less than three tenths of a second short of the UW record set in 1969. Hintz won the race, while Downey checked in at 3:43.95 for a massive PR and second place. The times are currently No. 4 and No. 5 in the Mountain West rankings. In the women’s 1,500 meters, junior Emily Person took fourth place with the No. 6 time on the UW all-time list, a converted 4:27.28.
Junior Bryce Ailshie won the men’s 800 meters with another UW all-time top 10 performance. His converted time of 1:49.25 makes him the seventh-ranked outdoor 800 runner in Cowboy history, while his time ranks third in the conference standings just ahead of Ricky Faure. Senior Kerry White won the women’s 800 meters on Friday, clocking an adjusted 2:09.97.
The UW sprints crew had a great day on Friday as well. The women’s 4x100-meter relay squad clocked a time of 45.73 seconds, good for the No. 6 time on the UW all-time list. Junior Jordan Edmonds also cracked the UW all-time top 10 in the women’s 400 meters, crossing the finish line in 55.20 seconds to become the No. 7 sprinter in Cowgirl history for the event. Junior Jerayah Davis won the women’s 100 meters in a season-best 11.55, while Edmonds won the women’s 200 meters with a time of 24.13.
Junior Jackson Wood dominated the men’s 400 meters, moving from No. 9 to No. 4 on the UW all-time list with a time of 47.14. Fellow junior Jace Marx won the men’s 100 meters in 10.60, while he was runner-up in the men’s 200 meters and nearly missed a PR at 21.37 seconds.
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, junior Ariana Williams cracked the UW all-time top 10 with a big PR at 13.97 seconds for the win. She is now ranked ninth in Cowgirl history for the event. Senior Heidi Pfoor continued the onslaught of program top 10 marks, recording a time of 1:00.51 in the women’s 400-meter hurdles to finish second with the No. 10 time on the UW all-time list.
Freshman William Nolan recorded two wins in the lateral jumps events, posting an outdoor PR of 23-10.75 for the win in the long jump and finishing atop the leader board in the triple jump at 47-3.5. Junior Ja’la Henderson did the same on the women’s side, winning the women’s long jump with a mark of 19-2.75 while she was tops in the triple jump at 41-8. Davis posted an outdoor PR in the women’s long jump, taking second at 19-0.5.
The UW throws bros were at it again in the men’s hammer throw. Senior and conference leader Damon Unland posted a personal record for the second straight weekend, reaching across the 200-foot barrier for the first time in his career to win the event at 200-7. His younger brother, redshirt freshman Kirk Unland, was second with a PR of 194 feet even. Sophomore Hap Frketich finished third with a PR of 181-10, while he also won the men’s javelin with a toss of 187-11.