Wyoming to host MWC Track & Field Championships

Wyoming to host 2014 MWC Track & Field Championships: May 14-17

The Cowboys and Cowgirls welcome seven men’s and 11 women’s teams to Memorial 8 Track at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex this week for the meet. Action on Wednesday and Thursday features the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon beginning at noon MT each day. Friday’s events commence at 11 a.m., while Saturday’s final events start at noon with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Fans can follow live results of all four days through GoWYO.com, including live video of Friday and Saturday’s track events.

  Wyoming last hosted the conference outdoor championships in 2009, as the Cowboys finished sixth and the Cowgirls were ninth. Both squads have hopes for much higher finishes this season, though. The Cowgirls were second at March’s MW Indoor Championships, their highest finish ever, and the Cowboys placed fifth with their most points in four years. The teams have continued that success to the outdoor season, including an impressive showing in their last meet, the Cowpoke Open on May 3 at home. Wyoming tallied 10 all-time top-10 marks at the event, while adding school records from Kereston Thomas in the 100 meters and Audra DeStefano in the steeplechase. DeStefano’s time also set a facility record, a feat also accomplished by Mason Finley in the discus. His throw was 13th-best in the world this season.

     “I think this will be a special moment for our program,” UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. “Any time you get to host a conference championship and know you won’t host it again for some time, that makes it special for the student-athletes. We have high expectations for this meet as well. Our goal is always to do better than we did the year before, but we want to perform well in front of our fans too. This will be a tough meet, though. This is probably going to be the most talent at one time on a single track in the history of the state of Wyoming. We hope that brings out our local track and field fans to cheer on their Cowboys and Cowgirls.”