Pokes in third place heading into final day of MW Championships
CLOVIS, Calif. — The University of Wyoming Track & Field teams took to Veterans Memorial Stadium for day two of the 2021 Mountain West Outdoor Championships on Friday.
Four Cowboys placed in the top three of their respective events while a total of 11 student-athletes earned points for Wyoming.
Heading in to the third and final day of competition the Cowboys sit in third place with 50 team points, just two and half away from the second place Air Force Falcons.
“Overall it was a good day with several top 3 finishes and all-time top 10 marks at UW. It was a typical championship day with some ups and downs throughout,” said UW head coach Bryan Berryhill. “The good news is we ended the day with some high scoring events so hopefully we can carry that momentum into tomorrow.”
The first points on the board for the Cowboys came by way of Kareem Mersal and Alec Richardson in the Long Jump. Mersal took second place in the event with a mark of 23-3.25 to earn eight points for the Cowboys, while Richardson went 23-1.75 to set a personal best and gain five points for the squad.
Hap Frketich posted another eight points for the Cowboys as the Cowboy senior took second place in the Hammer Throw with a mark of 195-3. Frketich has been consistent all season for the Pokes in the event.
Kirk Unland did not place in the event. Unland, the reigning Mountain West champ and No. 6 on the UW All-Time Top 10 List in the event, did not get a mark in due to fouls.
In the final two events of the day on the men’s side the Cowboys earned 22 team points as Albert Steiner took second in the Steeplechase, Colton Paller third in the Shot Put, Daniel Carrillo fourth in the Shot Put and Seth Bruxvoort sixth in the Steeplechase. Steiner took silver with his time of 8:57.12 and Paller picked up the bronze with his throw of 52-8.25.
Addison Henry and Pete Mead placed fifth and earned four team points for the Cowboys and Cowgirls in their respective events.
Henry went 49-0.25 in the Shot Put to move up to No. 6 on the UW All-Time Top-10 Event List with Mead going 6-7 in the High Jump. Anna Gillis placed seventh in the Hammer Throw with a mark of 188-0 earning two points for the Cowgirls.
Jasmyne Cooper headlines the Cowboys and Cowgirls who qualified for Saturday’s finals on the track with her time of 2:08.27 as she moved up to No. 3 on the UW All-Time Top-10 List with her time. Caige McComb qualified in sixth for Saturday’s final in the 110M Hurdles with his time of 14.87.
Sage Coventry and Bryson Engebretsen finished up the final five events of the Decathlon after getting started on Thursday. Coventry finished sixth with 6426 points with Engebretsen came in ninth with 6389 points. Coventry earned three points for his effort in the multi event.
Long Jump | 2. Kareem Mersal 23-3.25, 4. Alec Richardson 23-1.75 (PR)
Hammer | 2. Hap Frketich 195-3, Foul. Kirk Unland
Steeplechase | 2. Albert Steiner 8:57.12, 6. Seth Bruxvoort 9:04.87, 12. Philip Henry 9:32.70
Shot Put | 3. Colton Paller 52-8.25, 4. Daniel Carrillo 52-8.25
High Jump | 5. Pete Mead 6-7, 10. Samuel Schneider 6-5
110M Hurdles | 6. Caige McComb 14.87 (Qualified)
Shot Put | 5. Addison Henry 49-0.25 (No. 6 All-Time UW), 10. Mateya Mobley 43-10.75 (PR), 11. Jordan Christensen 43-3.75, 14. Cosette Stellern 42-4.75
Hammer | 7. Anna Gillis 188-0, 9. Mary Carbee 181-11, 13. Addison Henry 165-3
Steeplechase | 8. Katelyn Mitchem 10:45.95
800M | 7. Jasmyne Cooper 2:08.27 (No. 3 All-Time UW) (Qualified)
400M Hurdles | 16. Marie Doherty 1:05.13
1500M | 20. Kaylee Kearse 4:44.44, 21. Michelle Renner 4:44.45
Sage Coventry | 6. 6426 points
110M Hurdles | 9. 16.55 — Discus | 4. 119-4 | Pole Vault | 10. Sage Coventry 10-10 — Javelin | 4. 157-9 — 1500M | 10. 4:59.40
Bryson Engebretsen | 9. 6389
110M Hurdles | 8. 16.51 — Discus | 10. 107-7 — Pole Vault | 4. 13-9.25 — Javelin | 9. 127-2 — 1500M | 5. 4:41.25
The final day of the meet gets started on Saturday with Frketich, Unland and. Coventry in the Javelin at 11AM (PDT) with the first events on the track slated for 5PM with the men’s 4x100 Relay.
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* University of Wyoming press release