UW Track Team Competes at Kansas State Invitational

January 9, 1999


The University of Wyoming mens and womens track teams competed in the Kansas State Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Both teams wound up third in the three-team event. Along with Wyoming, also competing were Kansas State and Oklahoma.

In the mens competition, Oklahoma won the event with 116 points, ahead of Kansas State with 105 and Wyoming with 94. Kansas State was the champion on the womens side with 157 points. Trailing the Wildcats were Oklahoma with 95 points and Wyoming with 76 points.

On the mens side, senior Kevin Mannon won the weight throw with a throw of 69 feet. Fellow Cowboy Derek Woodskee finished second in the weight throw with a toss of 66 feet-5 3/4 inches.

Wyomings Mervin Swaby won the long jump at the event with a jump of 22 feet-eight inches. Teammate Quincy Howe finished second behind Swaby with a mark of 22 feet-seven inches.

Additional individual champions for the Cowboys were Joe Hall in the one-mile run and Greg Schabron in the 3000-meter run. Hall finished the mile in 4:16, four seconds ahead of Brandon Jessop of Kansas State. Schabron ran the 3000 meters in 8:44, two second ahead of Jimmy Martinez of Oklahoma.

The Cowgirls had two individual champions. Darby Goodspeed won the 400-meter dash with a time of :57.37. Tamara Hawkins was the other Wyoming champion. Hawkins won the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, eight inches. Robin Lyons of Wyoming finished second in both the shot put and weight throw.

"On the mens side, overall I was very impressed with our effort. Our program has come a long ways in one year. Kansas State has one of the best programs year in and year out, along with Oklahoma it was some good competition for us. We competed well in all areas and had a real balanced team effort. Im real happy and this puts us in a good position for next weeks meet.

"For our women, we were very close. We battled them the whole way, and I remain very optimistic. Robin Lyons showed us that she is going to be a force at the NCAA Championships. I was real impressed with the way our women are progressing. The rebuilding process will take more that one year, but we are headed in the right direction."

The next action for the Wyoming track and field team will be on Jan. 16, when the War Memorial Fieldhouse serves as host to the Wyoming Invitational.