From the desk of Sean O'Sullivan
Wyoming Athletic Department
CLOVIS, Calif. – Jerayah Davis claimed the women's long jump, and Kirk Uland won the men's hammer throw to set the pace for the Wyoming track and field teams on the third day of the Mountain West Championships. Davis and Uland were both favorites, who lived up to the billing.
Wyoming also advancied eight athletes into the Saturday finals in their events.
“It was a great day for both teams today,” said head coach Bryan Berryhill. “We competed very well, and I’m optimistic we will carry today’s momentum into tomorrow’s competition. I’m very proud of the team’s effort today.”
Heading into the final day, the Cowboys sdfd third with 44 points, while the Cowgirls were fifth with 28 points.
Davis and teammate Ja’la Henderson went neck and neck during the long jump competition, and in the fifth round, Henderson took the lead over Davis. However, on the final jump of the day, Davis moved past Henderson by one centimeter to take the conference title. Davis’ final mark of 20 feet, 7 inches edged Henderson’s leap of 20-6.5. The Cowgirls earned 18 team points by finishing with the top two.
“The women’s long jump was a great competition with Jerayah and Ja’la trading the lead,” Berryhill said. “Jerayah had a great series today with all six jumps over six meters, and she won her first conference title.”
Not to be outdone, Unland and the rest of men’s hammer throwers scored 23 points. Unland won the event with a personal-best throw of 205 feet, 11 inches. That mark is No. 8 on the Wyoming all-time list. Finishing in second place, Eric McArthur also set a new PR with a throw of 198-9. Hap Frketich placed fourth with a throw of 190-6 to round out the Cowboy domination in the event.
“The men’s hammer was a great event for us with Kirk, Eric and Hap all throwing very well,” Berryhill said. “To see Kirk win the title with a personal best was awesome, and it shows how focused and determined he was today.”
The men’s long jump was another high point, with three Cowboys scoring during the day. Alec Richardson took fourth with a leap of 23-1.25, while William Nolan took sixth with a mark of 22-9.75. Reece Shannon rounded out the Poke scorers as he finished eighth with a personal-best jump of 22-3.75.
The Cowgirl throwers also contributed to the team scores, as Emelda Malm-Annan added six points with a third-place finish in the hammer throw with a mark of 195-10. Addison Henry scored two points in the shot put, finishing seventh with a throw of 43-5.25.
In the field for the Cowboys, Colton Paller and Pete Mead each scored a point. Paller placed eighth in the shot put, throwing 49 feet, 2.5 inches. Mead finished eighth in the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 5 inches.
Wyoming had an equally strong day on the track, led by Davis advancing to the finals of the 100-meter and 200m dashes. She had the best 100m qualifying time at 11.34 seconds, while her 200m time of 23.71 was fourth. Jordan Edmonds will join Davis in the 200m finals as he placed eighth in 24.61.
Jasmyne Cooper ran the fifth-fastest 800m time in Cowgirl history at 2:09.90 to reach tomorrow’s finals. Lastly, Kacey Doner scored two points in the steeplechase, finishing seventh in 10:19.86, strengthening her hold on the No. 2 time in Cowgirl history. Katelyn Mitchem finished 10th, but ran a solid race in a loaded steeplechase field, as her time of 10:30.18 is No. 3 in the Cowgirl record books.
For the Cowboys, Bryce Ailshie made the cut during the 800m prelims, finishing ninth in 1:53.16, and he’ll race in tomorrow’s finals.
McCade Johnson had an excellent day hurdling, as he advanced to the finals in both the 110m and 400m hurdle races. His 110m hurdle time of 14.99 is a PR and was good for seventh in the prelims, while his 400m hurdles time of 53.96 was fifth in the prelims. Brandon McGuire will join Johnson in the 400m hurdles finals, as he finished ninth in 54.85.
Rounding out the day, Harry Ewing finished seventh in the steeplechase to earn two more points for the Pokes, as he crossed the line in 9:13.72.
Mountain West Championships conclude Saturday with field events beginning at 3 p.m. (MT) with the men’s discus, and track events start at 6 p.m. (MT) with the men’s 4x100m relay.