ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (February 22, 2019) – The Wyoming track & field teams produced a pair of conference champions and advanced 10 Pokes to Saturday’s championship races during an eventful day at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Ja’la Henderson won the women’s long jump, and Hap Frketich won the men’s weight throw.
“It was a great day with two conference champions and lots of qualifiers coming back for tomorrow’s finals,” said head coach Bryan Berryhill. “We had big days in the finals of the weight throw, long jump and 5k. Hap has been very consistent all year, and to win a conference title with a PR throw is very impressive. Ja’la had to win the long jump final on her final attempt, which shows how tough of a competitor she is.”
Henderson picked up Wyoming’s first event win on the day, as her final attempt at the long jump moved her from fourth to first in the standings. Her final leap of 19 feet, 11.5 inches was good for first place, as she reclaimed the long jump crown she earned in 2016, but couldn’t defend last season. Jerayah Davis, who was busy on Thursday, placed fourth in the same event with a jump of 19-4.25.
Frketich’s second throw of the competition was strong enough to keep the field at bay for the next four rounds, and the No. 1 ranked weight thrower in the conference lived up to the hype. His throw of 66-2.50 is a personal best, and comes in at No. 10 on the UW all-time lists. Kirk Unland finished just behind Frketich, placing second with a toss of 63-8.75. Eric McArthur also earned points for the Cowboys, finishing seventh with a mark of 56-11.25.
Emelda Malm-Annan earned points for the Cowgirls in the weight throw, as she placed fifth with a heave of 60-3.75. In the men’s long jump, William Nolan placed fourth with a jump of 23-5.25 to earn five points for the Pokes.
In the 5,000m race, Christopher Henry and Paul Roberts finished third and fourth with altitude-adjusted times of 14:41.29 and 14:41.48, respectively, to earn a total of 11 points in the team standings.
In qualifying action on the track, Davis advanced in both the 60m and 200m dashes with times of 7.32 and 24.01, respectively. Jasmyne Cooper posted the second-fastest 800m time in Cowgirl history, qualifying for the finals with an altitude-adjusted time of 2:10.29. Her time was second among all qualifiers, after coming into the meet ranked 13th in the conference
On the men’s side, Jace Marx joined Davis in qualifying for both the 60m and 200m, as his times of 6.94 and 21.78 moved him into Saturday’s championship races. The 60m hurdles race was extremely fast, as Brandon McGuire and McCade Johnson both posted all-time UW top-10 times to advance. McGuire finished in 8.15 to place fourth with the No. 6 time in Cowboy history, while Johnson placed sixth with a time of 8.25, No. 9 on the all-time list.
Jacob Harthun advanced to Saturday’s 400m finals with a time of 49.94, while Bryce Ailshie will race in the 800m championship after advancing out of the preliminaries with a time of 8:53.94.
Michael Downey finished third in the men’s mile qualifying race, clocking in at 4:12.60. He will race in Saturday’s final at in the first track event of the day at 11:40 a.m.
The final day of the Mountain West Championships begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the women’s shot put, and track events start at 11:40 a.m. with the men’s mile. Stay tuned to @wyo_track on twitter for updates.
MOUNTAIN WEST INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
Albuquerque Convention Center
Cowgirl Results (800m and above converted for altitude)
60m (prelims): 3. Jerayah Davis, 7.32 (Q); 15. Jordan Edmonds, 7.77
200m (prelims): 6. Jerayah Davis, 24.01 (q); 16. Jordan Edmonds, 24.92
800m (prelims): 4. Jasmyne Cooper, 2:10.29 (Q)
Mile (prelims): 15. Zia Macdermid, 5:01.29; 16. Solana Quistorff, 5:03.58; 20. Emily Person, 5:16.66
5,000m (finals): 19. Addi Iken, 17:58.51; 21. Kaylee Bentley, 18:08.71
Long Jump (finals): 1. Ja’la Henderson, 19-11.5; 4. Jerayah Davis, 19-4.25; 11. Shayla Howell, 18-0.5; Aumni Ashby, 16-8.5
Weight Throw (finals): 5. Emelda Malm-Annan, 60-3.75; 14. Addison Henry, 52-11.00
Cowboy Results (800m and above converted for altitude)
60m (prelims): 6. Jace Marx, 6.94 (q); 13. Sam Kirkeide, 7.10
60m Hurdles (prelims): 4. Brandon McGuire, 8.15 (q); 6. McCade Johnson, 8.25 (q)
200m (prelims): 6. Jace Marx, 21.78 (q); 9. Roman Smith, 22.20
400m (prelims): 8. Jacob Harthun, 49.94 (q); 11. Tyler Dahl, 50.12
800m (prelims): 6. Bryce Ailshie, 1:53.94 (q); 15. Phillip Thomas, 1:58.96
Mile (prelims): 3. Michael Downey, 4:12.60 (Q)
5,000m (finals): 3. Christopher Henry, 14:41.29; 4. Paul Roberts, 14:41.48; 14. Jerald Taylor, 15:05.09
Long Jump (finals): 4. William Nolan, 23-5.25; 13. Reece Shannon, 21-5.50
High Jump (finals): 9. Pete Mead, 6-3.25
Weight Throw (finals): 1. Hap Frketich, 66-2.50; 2. Kirk Unland, 63-8.75; 7. Eric McArthur, 56-11.25
Q – automatic qualifier
q – qualifier