The 2018-19 University of Wyoming athletics season has just about come to a close with a few track and field athletes still prepping to compete in the NCAA Championships in Austin. That makes it an appropriate time to grade each one of UW’s 13 sports from this past year.

First, let’s start off with the fall sports season.

 

Football

Finished third in Mountain Division (6-6 overall, 4-4 MWC)

Aside from a day here and a day there, the Pokes didn’t even show up for class during the first half of the semester. To Wyoming’s credit, it did its due diligence in the second half of the semester, figured out what was plaguing it — mainly its quarterback position — aced a couple tests and did just enough on the final to scrounge together a .500 season.

The ole slack and rally will garner the Cowboys as average a grade as there is, a C+. The plus because the turnaround, winning their last four games, was impressive and gives the Pokes momentum for the 2019-20 season.

 

Volleyball

Finished third in MWC (20-11, 12-6)

Another solid year for the team that goes to class, does its assignments, makes steady improvements and learns something. The Cowgirls scored an early ace, pun intended, in a victory over ranked Colorado during the nonconference portion of the schedule.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the mid-semester lull where the Cowgirls missed a few classes for a sickness and perhaps an, “I don’t really feel like going to class today” mentality. After that bout which saw Wyoming lose five of seven, it didn’t lose consecutive games the rest of the season, and challenged for top class honors with just a few assignments left.

The Cowgirls sixth consecutive top-four finish in the conference is further proof of a student that continues to plug along splendidly with As and Bs. Let’s give the Cowgirls a B+ to keep ‘em hungry and humble moving forward.

 

Women’s soccer

Shared MWC title (12-4-4, 7-2-2)

The Cowgirls team is the one that came home from junior year of fall semester and handed a transcript to her mother, revealing to her, for the first time, that her child had achieved straight As. For the first time in program history, UW shared the MWC regular-season title and tied the school record with 12 victories on the season.

The final didn’t go as planned, as the Cowgirls bowed out in the semifinals of the conference tournament, but the performance is worthy of an A- with just a little room for postseason improvement.

 

Women’s cross-country

Finished eighth at MWC Championships

The Cowgirls went through the motions for the first month, showing up for every class, racking up those attendance points, before a breakthrough. They set the curve at the Roadrunner Invite, besting the competition.

That was the highlight, the rest of the semester was a lot like the first half, just OK and nothing noteworthy. Let’s give them a C.

 

Men’s cross-country

Finished fourth at MWC Championships

The Cowboys either set the curve or were in the top-10 percentile at every major turn this semester.

Paul Roberts spearheaded the group project, winning the individual MWC title.

The Pokes ascended to as high as 13th in the country in the USTFCCCA top 25, and the team qualified for its first National Championship competition in 32 years. Easy call here, A+.

Next week, we’ll compile the scores for the winter sports teams, and hand out some more grades.

 

Pokes Notes

Four University of Wyoming track and field athletes advanced to the NCAA Championships. Jerayah Davis (long jump and 100-meter dash), Ja’la Henderson (triple jump) and the 400-meter relay team — of Davis, Henderson, Shayla Howell and Jordan Edmonds — all punched their ticket and will head to Austin, Texas, June 5-8.