Wyoming Fares Well at Air Force Invite

Jan. 24, 2004


Three University of Wyomingtrack and field athletes qualified for the NCAA Indoor ChampionshipsSaturday at the Air Force Invite in Colorado Springs, Colo. Cowgirls AndreaBatt, Jessica Fox and Shauna Smith all delivered top notch performances forWyoming.

Batt, a senior from Hudson, Mont., placed first in both the shot put andweight throw events posting marks of 53' 4 1/4" and 64' 10 1/2".Both marks provisionally qualify her for the NCAA's in the events.Batt's first place finishes marks the second consecutive week she hastaken home first place honors in both the shot put and weight throw.

Junior Jessica Fox raced to a first place finish in the 400 meter dashwith a time of 52.88. The time set a new Air Force Fieldhouse record alongwith breaking her previous Mountain West Conference and UW school record of53.02, set last year. Fox's time also automatically places her in the2004 NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

Shauna Smith proved that she is one of the best hurdlers in the MWCSaturday placing first in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.33. Hertime breaks her old UW record in the event and provisionally qualifies herfor the NCAA's.

Several other Cowgirls turned in great performances on Saturday. SeniorKima Wells took first place in the 60 meter dash, crossing the finish linewith the second fastest time of her career - 7.54. Freshman Amanda Hopperset a new personal record in the 200 meter dash with her time of 24.95,which also took first place in the event. Senior Kelly Ann Charles notcheda second place finish in the 60 meter hurdles with a 8.58 performance andalso took fourth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.81. SophomoreEmerald Reid notched a second place finish in the 3,000 meter run with hertime of 10:59.53.

The Cowgirls also raced their way to a provisional qualifying mark in the4x440 yard relay. The sprint squad of Amanda Hopper, Jessica Fox, ShaunaSmith and Kima Wells crossed the finish line in 3:41.25, setting a new UWrecord. The team is the first relay team in school history to provisionallyqualify for the NCAA Championships.

"Our girls came to compete," said UW head track and field coach DonYentes. "It was a heck of a meet. Our sprinters were outstanding and wehad performances in almost every event that were great. I am very excitedabout where these girls are heading."

The Cowboys also had successes on Saturday. Sophomore Jeremiah Johnsontook the top spot in the 800 meter run, crossing the finish line in1:53.43. Junior Jeremey Thompson finished fifth in the event with a time of1:56.42.

Cowboys Ragen Driver and Jason Delaney proved to be too much for theircompetition in the 3,000 meter run. They finished first and second in therace with times of 9:15.13 and 9:18.87, respectively.

In the throwing events two Cowboys picked up second place finishes. Juniortransfer Kyle Herl finished second best in the shot put with a mark of59' 8 1/4", while junior Zack Schaefer finished in second place in theweight throw with his performance of 62' 2 1/2".

Sophomore Blake Jackson saved his best for last in the triple jump.Jackson took third place in the event with his last and final jump of 48'10 3/4".

"Our guys are a young group," added Yentes. "They are very close togetting over the hump and emerging as a very good team. I was pleased withhow they performed today, but we are just not all the way there yet."

The Cowgirls and Cowboys will compete again next weekend, Jan. 31st, whenthe host the Robert Shine Invite in the War Memorial Fieldhouse in Laramie,Wyo.