Davis and Henderson Earn 3 All-Mountain West Honors; Wyoming Earns 13 Overall
From the desk of Sean O'Sullivan
Wyoming Athletic Department
LARAMIE -- Headlined by Jerayah Davis being named the Mountain West Outdoor Championships Female Outstanding Performer, nine Wyoming track & field athletes earned a total of 13 all-Mountain West honors following the meet. All-MW honors go to athletes and relay teams that finish in the top-three.
Davis and Ja’la Henderson each earned three honors, while Emelda Malm-Annan, Shayla Howell, Jordan Edmonds, Christopher Henry, Eric McArthur, William Nolan and Kirk Unland each picked up one accolade.
Davis had a championship to remember, as she competed in four events and eared a total of 27 points toward the team score. The Casper native won the long jump by just one half of an inch over Henderson with a mark of 20 feet, seven inches, before finishing first in the 100m dash with a time of 11.35 in the finals. Additionally, Davis ran the first leg of the 4x100m dash and helped guide that squad to a second-place finish with a time of 44.86 seconds. These are Davis’ first-career outdoor all-MW honors.
Henderson, Howell and Edmonds were also on that relay team that was just 0.2 seconds off their season-best time of 44.66, which is No. 2 on the all-time top-10 list. For Howell and Edmonds, it is their first-career outdoor all-MW honors.
Henderson is no stranger to earning outdoor all-MW honors, as the three she earned this season bring her career total up to five. Henderson ran the second leg on the 4x100m relay team, and also took second in the long jump and defended her triple jump title from last season. Henderson’s long jump of 20-6.5 is a season-best mark and is No. 2 all-time at UW behind Davis. Then, Henderson won the triple jump as her mark of 42-7.5 easily outclassed the field. She was the only athlete to clear 42 feet in the competition. Notably, she is the first Cowgirl since 2004-05 to earn back-to-back outdoor MW titles in an event.
Unland earned Wyoming’s third event title of the weekend with a first-place finish in the hammer throw. He picked the right time for a career-best toss, as his mark of 205-11 is No. 8 all-time at UW and was seven feet ahead of second place, teammate Eric McArthur. McArthur also had a career-best day with his throw of 198-9. It is Unland’s second-career outdoor honor following his runner-up performance last year, while it is McArthur’s first accolade.
William Nolan also entered the Cowboy all-time top-10 when he made a leap of 49 feet, 10.5 inches in the triple jump. That mark comes in at No. 8 all-time, and it earned him a second-place finish in the event. It is the second-straight all-MW honor for Nolan in the triple jump, and the third honor of his career along with his top-three finish in the long jump last season.
Christopher Henry continued his strong individual season, picking up his third all-MW honor of the year. He finished third in both the 3,000m and 5,000m race during the indoor season. At the outdoor championships, Henry finished second in the 10,000m race with a time of 30:44.60 following an extended lightning delay. It is the first outdoor all-MW honor of his career, and he is the first Cowboy to earn a top-three finish at the conference championships in the 10,000m since Nick Ekel in 2012.
Malm-Annan finished third in the hammer throw with a toss of 195-10. It is her second-career all-MW honor in the hammer throw, as she placed in the top three during the 2017 MW Outdoor Championships. Malm-Annan is also third all-time on the Cowgirl hammer throw top-10 list with a throw of 202-7 earlier this year.
The Wyoming track & field athletes now wait for the participant list for the NCAA West Preliminary. That meet is held Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25, in Sacramento, Calif.