Jan. 8, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming trackand field teams competed at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kan.,and has some real success as various records were broken.
Senior Robin Lyons broke her own school record in the women's 20-poundweight throw with an effort of 69' 3". The old record was 68' 8". Thatthrow also breaks the Canadian National record and was the third-bestthrow in history.
Graduate assistant Jesseca Cross had an outstanding day. Cross threwthe shot put 62' 10 3/4". That throw is the best in the United Statesright now, and should help in Cross' effort to make the Olympic team.In the weight throw, Cross had a personal best mark of 73' 3 1/4".
Assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe broke her own world record in the 20-poundweight. Ellerbe's mark of 75' 8" further solidifies her standing as oneof the elite throwers in the world.
On the men's side, thrower Derek Woodske returned from an injury tohave the top collegiate throw in the 35-pound weight throw with a markof 67' 2". That mark provisionally qualifies Woodske for the NCAAIndoor Championships.
The Cowboys were shorthanded as standout Jason Gervais was unable tocompete due to travel difficulties from his native Canada.
Newcomer Seth Billy won the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 50.06.Cody Millemon was third (50.35) and Karal Davis was fourth (50.52).
Carlington Duncan won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.88. Duncanwill be strong in the hurdles for the Pokes as well.
Freshman Jennifer Vessa won the women's one-mile run with a time of5:21.32. In the same event, Stephanie Hanks was seventh (5:34.83).
Adelaide Harper won the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 25.41. Harperhad the best time in a field of 18 runners.
"This meet really let us work off some rust from the break," said LarryJudge, University of Wyoming head track and field coach. "This isreally a wake-up call for us and we'll improve over the next two weeks.
"Robin had a great year last year, and she has really started this yearoff very well. She was due for a throw like this and will be acontender for an NCAA championship. Jesseca Cross and Dawn Ellerbe hassome great performances as well.
"Derek Woodske and Jason Hammond both competed really well. WithoutGervais and Mervin Swaby, two of our top athletes, we still had somestrong performances."
Wyoming's next action is Jan. 13 at the Air Force Alumni in ColoradoSprings, Colo.