The University of Wyoming men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams began the 2018-19 season Friday at home with the Power Meet.
And the season started with a new school record.
In all, UW won 14 events against Northern Colorado.
UW senior All-American Ja’la Henderson set the record in the long jump with a top leap of 20 feet, 7 inches, breaking a 38-year-old school record by Patricia Miller set in 1980. Miller’s old record was 20-5.
Freshman Shayla Howell placed second behind Henderson with a jump of 19-3 1/2 in her first collegiate meet. The Cowboys also placed first and second in the men’s long jump as sophomore William Nolan tied the 10th-best mark in school history with a jump of 24-3 3/4 to win the event ahead of freshman Pete Mead’s leap of 22-3.
Henderson later won the triple jump in 41-9 1/4 with teammate Aumni Ashby second at 40-10 1/4.
Nolan won the men’s triple in 49-8 1/2.
In the pole vault, Ana George placed first for the Cowgirls by clearing a height of 10-11 3/4, which ties the fifth-best mark in school history and the best since Lauri Smith cleared 11-8 1/2 in 2006.
The Cowgirls swept the podium in the women’s weight throw, as sophomore Addison Henry placed first with a personal-best throw of 54-1, junior transfer Anna Gillis took second at 49-7 3/4 and freshman Cosette Stellern took third at 48-10.
Junior Hap Frketich recorded a personal-best mark of 64-3 to place first in the weight throw for the Cowboys while sophomore Kirk Unland and junior transfer Eric McArthur took second and third, respectively, with throws of 61-8 1/2 and 56-6 3/4.
Henry won the shot put in 43-9 1/2. On the men’s side, junior transfer Colton Paller finished first at 50-11 with Frketich second with a personal-best throw of 38-11.5.
In the men’s high jump, Mead was first by clearing 6-4 3/4 in his first collegiate meet.
The Cowgirls also performed well on the track, winning three out of four events. Senior Jerayah Davis won the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.79 seconds.
In the 200 dash, senior Jordan Edmonds edged Northern Colorado’s Oliva Whitaker by .01 seconds, finishing first in 25.62.
Freshman Jasmyne Cooper easily won the 600 run in 1:36.77.
The Cowboys went 1-2 in the 55 dash with juniors Jace Marx and Sam Kirkeide finishing in 6.42 and 6.45, respectively.
The UW men beat the Bears 49-40 while the Cowgirls won 72-27.