Track Off to a Good Start to the Outdoor Season
March 22, 2013
GREELEY, Colo. - Seeking a strong start to the 2013 outdoor season, the Wyoming track and field teams handled the responsibility well as several athletes broke personal marks Friday afternoon at the Tom Benich Invitational in Greeley, Colo.
Senior Joe Plante had a great meet with a first-place discus throw of 186'-8," currently the fifth-best distance in the nation for the event. Plante owns UW's fourth-best all-time discus throw of 188'-1" from 2010. Sophomore Paul Thomas also performed well with a second-place mark of 180'-3," a personal best and presently the 11th-best in the country as well as UW's No. 7 all-time distance. His previous best was a 174'-7" from last season, which was UW's ninth-best mark.
"The discus throwers had a great opening performance led by Joe who won with the second-best throw of his career," said Wyoming associate head coach Paul Barrett. "Paul hit a big personal record for second place and is now No. 7 on the UW all-time list."
Lenyn Leonce placed first in the long jump with a distance of 23'-6.75," while freshman Scott Carter came in third in the triple jump with a distance of 46'-2.50." The 100-meter hurdles event was well-represented with Wyoming sprinters as Colin Herold finished second in 14.63 seconds while teammate Jacob Edwards placed third in 14.86. Herold also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles while Edwards came in fifth at 55.66.
In the 100-meter dash, senior Stephen Michel came in third in 10.97 seconds, while freshman Harrison Einspahr placed fourth in 11.15. Einspahr also competed in the 200-meter with a fourth-place mark of 22.50, while Michael Tasker finished 10th in 23.04.
For the Cowgirls, freshman Kereston Thomas came in first place in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, sprinting the 100-meter in 12.09 and racing to a 24.32 in the 200-meter, UW's eighth-best all-time mark as she moved ahead of Afiya Walker's 24.39 from 2010.
In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Jenna Mann, coming off a breakout indoor season, placed first in the event in 14.08 seconds, UW's No. 10 all-time mark as she passed Tomeca Brown's time of 14.13 from 2000.
Freshman McKenzie Brogan competed in the 400-meter dash, placing first in 59.23 seconds in her first collegiate outdoor race. In the 800-meter run, Olivia Heaston and Natalie Hurst achieved respective second- and third-place times as Heaston earned a 2:19.58 while Hurst ran a 2:23.92.
Wyoming travels to Fort Collins, Colo., next weekend for the Fum McGraw Triangular on Saturday, March 30. Select individuals will compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., slated for next Friday and Saturday, March 29-30.