Cowboy Track & Field Team Places Third at Kansas State Invite

Jan. 17, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Three Cowboys took home first placefinishes at the Kansas State Invitational in Manhattan, Kan. on Friday. TheCowboys placed third as a team with 118 points. The Nebraska Cornhuskerstook the meet team title which featured two other Big 12 teams; Kansas Stateand Oklahoma State.

Senior long jumper Mervin Swaby took the top spot with a jump of 23' 71/4". Swaby also placed third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.00.Senior Dan Williams grabbed a first place finish in the shot put with athrow of 52' 8 1/4", and took second in the weight throw with a 61' 6 1/4"mark. Freshman Jeremiah Johnson, for the second straight week, took the topspot in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.22. Other Cowboy notables weresophomore Brad Vodika who accomplished a personal record and a second placefinish in the shot put with a throw of 52' 4 1/2", and sophomore Matt Hudsonwho also set a personal record in the mile, running a 4:19.36 for a fifthplace finish.

"Our team is made up of guys who are either real experience or guys whohave very little experience," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentesfollowing the meet. "We really are a work in progress. We made some goodstrides today even though you might not see that in the final results. Wehung with some good Big 12 teams today and I am pleased because we keepimproving."

The Cowboys suffered an unfortunate turn of events as freshman thrower TygLong had to be rushed to the hospital in Manhattan due to complications tohis appendix. According to coach Yentes, Long got out of surgery around 8p.m. and is doing fine.

The Wyoming women will compete Saturday at the Kansas State Invitational atAhearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan, Kan., in their second meet of the season.