Howell, Mersal claim MW titles in long jump
* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of Wyoming Track & Field Teams competed in the first full day of competition at the 2022 Mountain West Indoor Championships hosted by the University of New Mexico on Friday with the Cowboys ending the day in third place as a team.
Shayla Howell and Kareem Mersal headline a quartet of Cowboys and Cowgirls to score big in the Long Jump at the Championships.
Howell notched the top spot in the women’s event with a mark of 21-4.75 which improves her No. 1 all-time Indoor Long Jump mark at UW. Howell set that standard just two weekends ago.
Mersal matched her first-place finish on the men’s side with a mark of 23-11.35 to lead the field. Having sparingly competed this season the sophomore Mersal led the Cowboys to a one-two finish alongside Hunter Brown who took second with his mark of 23-5.5.
Sadie McMullen also put points on board for the Pokes as the sophomore went 19-4 to move up five spots on the UW all-time top 10 list to No. 4.
In continuation from day one of Thursday, Sage Coventry and Bryson Engebretsen had the final three events of the Heptathlon. Coventry was sitting in second place following a strong first day. After the event was wrapped up he fell to fifth overall but his 5085 points move him up the UW all-time top 10 list to No. 4 all time.
In order of events, Coventry went 7.31 in the 60M, 22-4.25 in the Long Jump, 42-3.25 in the Shot Put, 6-8 in the High Jump, 8.62 in the 60M Hurdles, 11-11.75 in the Pole Vault, and 2:56.78 in the 1000M. Engebretsen put a point on the board for the Cowboys by finishing up the event in 8th place.
More team points on the board in the Weight Throw for the Cowboys and Cowgirls as Daniel Carrillo, Mikey DeRock and Mary Carbee all placed top eight for Wyoming. Carrillo went 54-10 to finish in 6th while DeRock and Carbee both placed eighth with throws of 49-9 and 57-11 respectively.
The only events on the track to run finals on Friday was the 5,000M. Kylie Simshauser’s converted time ranks No. 4 all time at UW. Simshauser finished the final in 15th place pacing the Cowgirls.
Besides the 5000M, events on the track today was a day for prelims and qualifying before finals take the final day on Saturday.
Seven Cowboys and Cowgirls will be representing the Brown and Gold in their respective events on the final day of competition. Jaymison Cox went 48.74 in the 400M, Howell ran a 7.50 in the 60M, Wyatt Moore went 6.95 on the men’s side of the 60M, Joseph Rodgers ran 1:52.35 in the 800M, Katelyn Mitchem (5:02.43) and Kaylee Kearse (5:03.20) both qualified for the women’s Mile while Oisin O Gailin qualified for the men’s Mile at 4:10.79.
After the end of day one the Cowboys sit in third place overall with 31 total team points with the Cowgirls in sixth overall with 15 team points.
In addition to the finals being ran on the track, Saturday will also see the Pokes competing in the Shot Put, Triple Jump, Pole Vault and High Jump.
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