UW Women Face Tough Competition at Kansas State Invite

Jan. 18, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Six Cowgirls placed third or better atthe Kansas State Invitational in Manhattan, Kan. on Saturday. The Cowgirlsonly managed to score 69 team points which put them behind Kansas State with117 and meet champion Nebraska with 137.

Sophomore Shauna Smith and senior Crystal Smith were the only Cowgirls toearn first place honors. Smith ran a 56.6 in the 400 meter dash to take thetop spot while also placing second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of8.83. Senior Crystal Smith took first place in the weight throw, justmissing provisionally qualifying for NCAA's, with her throw of 60' 3 1/4".

In the 800 meter run freshman Tanice Barnett and junior Lee Ann Forbes tooksecond and third place with times of 2:19.88 and 2:23.24 to help theCowgirls. The same format took place in the 3000 meter run for the Cowgirlsas sophomore Jennifer Thompson and freshman Natalie Kean finished second andthird with times of 10:29.79 and 10.36.57. Junior sprinter Kima Wells alsoturned in a strong performance in the 60 meter dash placing third with atime of 7.71.

"We had a very tough meet," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes."Nebraska and Kansas State were loaded up and we were not as loaded as theywere. We did have some nice performances where some kids broke throughtoday. We still need to working and move up. We have a lot of kids who areeither red shirting or don't have indoor eligibility but we still need tokeep improving every week because things are not going to get easier as theseason rolls along."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will next compete at the Western State Invite onJan. 24th and 25th in Colorado Springs, Colo.