Wyoming Track & Field Teams Ready For Mountain West Indoor Championships

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (February 19, 2019) – Wyoming’s track & field teams will travel to the Land of Enchantment for the 2019 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by New Mexico in the Albuquerque Convention Center Thursday through Saturday. A number of Cowboys and Cowgirls have made their way near the top of the conference’s performance lists, and they will square off against familiar rivals at this three-day event.

“I think we’re in a good spot,” said head coach Bryan Berryhill. “The kids have been training really hard. I thought we had a really good fall, then we had a break, and I think they’re starting to get back into that form we saw at the end of the fall. They’re excited to get down to Albuquerque and compete.”

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The jumps crew has been a standout group for Wyoming this season, and they hold the top spot in the men’s and women’s long and triple jump in the Mountain West. The Cowgirls are led by senior All-American Ja’la Henderson, who holds the top long jump mark in the conference with a school-record leap of 20 feet, seven inches. Senior Jerayah Davis is second in the league at 19-9. In the triple jump, Henderson has the MW’s best jump at 43-9.75, which is also a school record. Both marks could also be good enough to land Henderson a trip to the NCAA National Championships. For the Cowboys, sophomore William Nolan leads the way in the long jump and triple jump with marks of 24-3.75 and 49-8.5, respectively.

The Wyoming throwers have also had a solid season, and junior Hap Frketich leads the Mountain West in the weight throw with a career-best mark of 64-5.75. He’s joined in the top five of the conference by teammates Kirk Unland and Eric McArthur, who are third and fifth with throws of 63-8.75 and 61-10.5, respectively. For the Cowgirls, senior Emelda Malm-Annan is fifth in the league with a mark of 61-0. That she set at the Bison Team Cup in January.

Wyoming should rack up the team points in the distance races, as multiple all-time top-10 marks have been set this season. On the men’s side, junior Christopher Henry set the school record in the 3,000m race with a time of 8:05.88, while classmate Paul Roberts is fourth on that list with a time of 8:11.56. Senior Michael Downey ran the fifth-fastest mile by a Cowboy at the Colorado Invite, crossing the line in 4:05.71. Roberts also posted the second-fastest 5,000m time in program history at the Husky Classic, as he finished the race in 14:04.12, just ahead of Henry who posted a time of 14:20.42, which is No. 5 on the UW all-time list. For the Cowgirls, Kacey Doner’s mile time of 4:54.74 is No. 5 on the all-time list, and she also ran the seventh-fastest 3,000m race in Cowgirl history, finishing in 9:51.45.

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The sprint crew has put together a solid indoor season, and Jerayah Davis could contend for a pair of conference titles. She’s currently third in the 60m dash with a time of 7.31 and fourth in the 200m with a time of 23.94. Jasmyne Cooper is ranked 13th in the 800m with a time of 2:13.48 that she set at the Texas Tech Shootout. For the Cowboys, senior Jace Marx is ranked seventh in the 60m with a season-best time of 6.92, while Sam Kirkeide is 10th with a mark of 6.98. Marx is also 10th in the 200m with a time of 21.86. In the 400m, Jacob Harthun’s time of 49.25 is ninth in the league. Bryce Ailshie has specialized in the 800m, and his time of 1:51.55 is fifth in the conference this season.

Wyoming will get started on Thursday with the distance medley relays at 4 p.m. (MT). On Friday, action begins at 12:30 p.m. (MT) with the women’s weight throw, while track events start at 1:30 p.m. (MT) with the men’s mile qualifying race. On Saturday, the women’s shot put kicks off the day wat 10 a.m. (MT), and the men’s mile finals begin at 11:40 a.m. (MT). Stay tuned to @wyo_track on twitter for updates throughout the conference meet.

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