UW Track And Field Hosts Wyoming Open

Jan. 21, 2000


Two War Memorial Fieldhouserecords were broken and the University of Wyoming track and field teamgathered two more NCAA Indoor Championships qualifiers at the WyomingOpen.

Sophomore Marie Le Jour and freshman Naomi Elliott each provisionallyqualified in the women's 20-pound weight throw. Elliott had a throw of59' 4 3/4" and Le Jour marked 59' 1 1/2". Le Jour also improved herprovisional mark in the shot put with an effort of 50' 8 1/4".

After the Wyoming Open, the Cowboys and Cowgirls now have nine NCAAqualifiers in twelve events.

Jesseca Cross and Kevin Mannon, both graduate assistants in the Wyomingprogram, each broke War Memorial Fieldhouse records. Cross threw theshot put 60' 6", breaking the old record of 58' 1 3/4" by ValaytaAlthouse of UCLA. Mannon threw the 35-pound weight 75' 1 3/4", breakingthe previous record of 74' 8 1/4", a mark he shared with current CowboyDerek Woodske.

"This was a meet designed to give local athletes an opportunity tocompete," said Larry Judge, head track and field coach. "With some ofthe performances we had, this meet was definitely a high-caliber meet.We want to continue to promote track in Laramie and the whole state ofWyoming.

"Elliott and Le Jour each qualified in the 20-pound weight," saidJudge. "Those two opened up real well in December and I felt like theywere do for a good throw. We're real excited they could get on theprovisional list, and hopefully they can move up tomorrow.

"Obviously Marie had a very good double," said Judge. "She isperforming very well as a sophomore. Marie is going to be a force forus at the Mountain West Conference Championships, and hopefully she'llbe a participant at the NCAA Championships.

"To date, Mannon's throw in the 35-pound weight is the best in theUnited States, it was definitely a world-class throw by Kevin," saidJudge. "In the women's shot put, Jesseca Cross broke the Fieldhouserecord and she also currently holds the best mark in the United States."

Wyoming will be back in action on Saturday when it hosts theCowboy/Cowgirl Classic, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Colorado State and AirForce will be in town for the three-way, scored meet.