UW Track and Field Teams Begin 2003 Indoor Season

Jan. 12, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men's andwomen's track teams competed in their first meet of the 2003 Indoor seasonat the All-Comers Track Meet Saturday on the campus of the Air ForceAcadamey in Colorado Springs, Colo. UW had 17 athletes place third position orhigher in their respective events. The meet was a non-scoring team event.

Four Cowgirls took first place in their events. Sophomore Jessica Fox wonthe 400-meter dash with a time of 53.97, the time was good enough toprovisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships. In her first race as aCowgirl, sophomore Tanice Barnett claimed the top spot in the 800-meter runwith a time of 2:23.78, which tops the team's top time in the event lastseason. Returning All-American Andrea Batt handled the competition onSaturday winning both the shot put (49' 3 1/2") and the weight throw (56' 33/4"). In the pole vault three Cowgirls managed to find themselves in afour-way tie for first place. Freshman Kaela Thayer, junior StephanieAnderson and junior Jody Sanborn all shared the top spot by clearing the barat 10' 6".

Other Cowgirls that handed in great performances were freshman Kaylyn Doylefinishing second in the shot put (43' 11 1/4"), freshman Mellissa Vallejosplacing second in the weight throw (55' 2 3/4"), junior Kima Wells takingthird place in the 60-meter dash (7.70), senior Kelly Ann Charles, runningunattached, finishing third in the 60-meter hurdles (8.85) and junior ChaunaJohnson clearing 5' 3" to claim third place in the high jump.

Two Cowboys took home top spots as freshman Jeremiah Johnson ran a 1:54.01in the 800-meter run to take first place and returning All-American triplejumper Quincy Howe recorded a first place mark of 52' 6" jumping unattached.In the weight throw three Cowboys finished in the top four; senior JohnGriffith took second (59' 9 3/4"), sophomore Zach Schaefer finished third(59' 1 1/2") and senior Dan Williams claimed fourth (58' 8 1/2"). OtherCowboys that had solid marks on the day were freshman Jeremiah Thompson whofinished third in the 800-meter run (1:56.70) and senior Mervin Swaby withan unattached second place finish in the long jump (23' 8").

"It was a pretty good opening meet for us," said UW head track and fieldcoach Don Yentes following Saturday's meet. "We had some very solidperformances and we are all very pleased. It looks as though our teams aregoing to have some very big upsides this season. Some kids are just nowgetting used to running indoors and good things are going to starthappening. Overall, we are very excited and we just have to keep it going."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls return to action on Jan. 17th when they travel toManhattan, Kan. for the Kansas State Invite.