From Wyoming Athletics
LARAMIE — Six Wyoming athletes represented the program well on the opening day of the NCAA West Preliminary Thursday at the University of Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
Coming in as the No. 18 seed in the west and ranked 31st in the NCAA, senior Joe Plante tied for 17th in the discus throw at 177’-9.”
The distance topped his 2012 mark at the meet and improved three spots in placement after finishing 20th last year. He will compete Friday at 1 p.m. in the hammer throw. Sophomore Paul Thomas fouled his three discus throw attempts and did not place.
Senior Lenyn Leonce had a solid finish in the men’s long jump, finishing 29th at a distance of 23’-10.25.” He came into the meet as the No. 47 seed for the event after not placing at the 2012 preliminary.
In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, junior Taylor Gardner placed 34th in 1:01.02, while senior Diana Long came in 35th in 1:01.08.
Coming in as No. 32 and No. 29 seeds, respectively, the duo achieved sixth- and seventh-place times in their respective heats.
“I’m proud of the effort our athletes have made this year just to be at the preliminary, which is an honor itself,” Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill said. “For our underclassmen here, it is a good experience to prepare for moving forward.
“For our seniors, it’s a good way to go out and I’m proud of what they’ve done for the program throughout their careers.”