FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (May 30, 2014) – After entering the day with several athletes in promising positions, the University of Wyoming track and field team’s struggled during Friday’s events at the NCAA West Preliminary. No Cowboy or Cowgirl managed to punch their ticket to Eugene during the day.
“It’s adversity and that is part of sports,” UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. “The kids are going to learn from this hopefully. We struggled here today, but we want the kids to get back here a year from now after learning from today and perform better then.”
Graduate student Harry Fisher and senior Taylor Gardner advanced through Thursday’s first round in the 800 meters and 400-meter hurdles, respectively, but both missed the top 12 in their event on Friday by less than a second. Fisher ran the second-fastest time on Thursday, but crossed the line in 1:49 on Friday to finish 15th and miss the top 12 by one tenth of a second. Similarly, Gardner ran 58.70 Friday to finish 18th, just six tenths away from the top 12. Senior Garrett Zans had the 10th-fastest time entering Friday’s steeplechase, but after hitting a barrier early in the race, finished 31st in 9:06.
Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano was the only Wyoming athlete to improve on her seed coming into the day, as she ran 10:31 in the steeplechase to finish 26th. Freshman Jordan Charles clocked 14.49 in the 110-meter hurdles for 40th, while sophomore Kereston Thomas was 44th in the 200 meters at 24.80. Senior Jenna Mann did not finish in the 100-meter hurdles and sophomore Tyler Anderson fouled on all three attempts in the hammer.
Junior Shreese Daniels starts tomorrow’s action at 9 a.m. MT in the hammer, while senior Mason Finley and junior Paul Thomas follow in the discus at 2 p.m. Sophomore Scott Carter competes in the triple jump at 5 p.m., while Wyoming’s 4x100-meter relay of Mann, Thomas, Gardner and senior Katy Hall runs at 5:15 p.m. Sophomore Amos Bowen wraps up UW’s competitors at 7 p.m. in the 5,000 meters.