Oct. 17, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The 2003 Homecoming Weekend at the University of Wyoming will include a number of home Athletic Department events.
The home events will begin on Friday, Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m. with the Annual "Car Push Challenge". The "Car Push" is a competition featuring members of various UW athletic teams, student-organizations, faculty and staff groups and Laramie civic groups. The competition involves pushing a compact car or truck up the southwest stadium ramp in War Memorial Stadium. The fastest team to the top wins. There are five divisions -- male student division, female student division, coed division, faculty and staff division and general public division. To enter the event, contact the University of Wyoming Strength and Conditioning staff at 766-5585. Everyone is invited to come out and watch the competition.
At 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon, the UW men's and women's swimming teams will hold their annual Brown and Gold Intrasquad Meet at Corbett Pool on the UW campus. Head swim coach Tom Johnson invites fans to come out and see this year's squad compete against each another in a full complement of swimming and diving events.
"I have been very pleased with the effort of both our teams in practice," said Johnson. "We have been much faster than we were at this time last season."
Junior Scott Usher has already set a new Corbett Pool record for the 100 breaststroke this year. Usher posted a time of 56.37 in the Cowpoke Pentathlon on Oct. 10.
On Saturday, Oct. 18 both the men's and women's basketball teams will hold their first practices in preparation for the 2003-04 season. Both practices are open to the public.
The Cowgirl Basketball squad will practice from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Arena-Auditorium on the UW campus. The Cowboys will practice from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m., also in the Double A..
First year women's head coach Joe Legerski welcomes back two starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad that finished 18-12 overall, 7-7 in the Mountain West Conference and earned a bid into the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
"I'm anxious to get started with practice and look forward to putting together this basketball program," said Legerski. "The challenge for this team will be for the players to adjust to the level of competition in Division I college basketball."
The Cowgirls' will open up the 2003-04 regular season with one of two exhibition games against Adams State, on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Double A. They will open the regular season on the road in Denver, Colo., Nov. 22 at 4:00 p.m. as they face the University of Denver Pioneers.
The Cowboy Basketball team will tip off their first practice of the year at noon this Saturday. Steve McClain is entering his sixth season as head coach of the Cowboys. A year ago, Wyoming posted a 21-11 record, and advanced to the Second Round of the National Invitation Tournament. It was Wyoming's fourth postseason appearance in the five years Coach McClain has led the program. Eight lettermen and three starters return for the Cowboys. Wyoming will be a veteran team, with 10 of the 14 squad members being juniors and seniors. Coach McClain has indicated that the 2003-04 Cowboy squad may return to the up-tempo style that defined his first couple of teams at Wyoming.
"I think every team in the country is excited about the first day you can get on the floor," said McClain. "But I've always said it doesn't do any good to be excited the first day if you can't be excited in March. That is the attitude I think our team has, is that we are preparing everyday to earn a spot in postseason play again this year.
"I'm looking forward to the start of practice to see both a number of new players in our program, as well as a good group of returning veterans. I'm anxious to see how they interact with one another and how they mold together into a team."
The Cowboys will play their first exhibition game of the 2003-04 season on Saturday, Nov. 1 against EA Sports. That game will be a doubleheader with the Wyoming-Colorado State football game in Laramie. The game times for both games will be determined after the Mountain West Conference television partners determine television games for the Nov. 1 weekend.
From 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, fans who have not yet purchased season tickets for men's basketball games are invited to participate in a Select-A-Seat promotion. Available seats will be marked with cards and balloons and UW Athletic Ticket Office personnel will be on hand to help fans reserve season tickets for the 2003-04 Cowboy Basketball season.
At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Wyoming-Brigham Young football game will kick off for the 70th meeting between the two Rocky Mountain-area rivals. With gameday temperatures predicted in the low 70s, it is hoped that Cowboy fans will turn out in large numbers for a rivalry that has been among the best in college football through the years.
Wyoming is coming off a win at Utah State last Saturday by a score of 48-21. The 29-point victory was the largest by a Cowboy football team since the 1997 season when UW defeated Hawaii 35-6 in Honolulu.
First-year Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn is excited about the way the Pokes are playing entering this week's game.
"I know that this rivalry has a long and rich history," said Glenn. "It is a rivalry that means a lot to the people of Wyoming and a lot to our players and coaches. We hope the Poke nation turns out in force Saturday to support our team in what is a big game for our team as we get back into conference play."
The final athletic event of the Homecoming weekend will see the Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team host Mountain West Conference foe Air Force on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the UW Soccer Stadium. Wyoming is off to its best start in school history. UW enters this weekend with a perfect 2-0 conference mark, and an overall record of 7-6. Wyoming has won its last three matches of the season -- the longest winning streak in the program's history. The Cowgirls play at New Mexico on Friday, Oct. 17 before traveling home to host Air Force on Sunday.
Fifth-year head soccer coach Anne Moore had this to say about the Cowgirls' start. "The overall team effort and excitement is just amazing," said Moore after a 3-1 home victory over San Diego State on Oct. 12. "After all of the times we have come so close in the past couple of years, it is really nice to be on the winning end. It is just a wonderful feeling to be 2-0- after the first week of conference play."
Tickets to all UW athletic events can be purchased through the UW Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 922-9461 or (307) 766-4850.