The Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls are competing at the 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships near Fresno, CA.

Competition began Wednesday and Thursday with the decathlon and heptathlon. The 10,000 meters will be run Thursday evening for both the men and women. The bulk of the action takes place Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, CA.

Wyoming head coach Bryan Berryhill knows they’ve had their challenges in training and competition because of the weather this spring, but admits they’ve got to be ready.

“We have to go out there and compete. That is the expectation. We set up the whole year for this meet.”

The Cowboys are facing six other men’s teams, while the Cowgirls are competing against ten other women’s squads.

Senior Tyler Anderson, in the hammer throw, and junior Jordan Charles, in the 110-meter hurdles, are the only UW student-athletes that lead their event in the MW. The Cowgirls are led by senior McKenzie Brogan, in the 400-meter hurdles, and junior Audra DeStefano, in the 1,500 meters, who are ranked second in the conference in their events, respectively.

Wyoming’s only defending conference champion, Ricky Faure in the 800 meters, is redshirting this season.

A year ago, the Cowboys came in fifth place, while the Cowgirls took eighth.

Wyoming student-athletes must finish among the top 48 of their event based on times or marks in order to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary meet May 26-28.