Track and Field Teams Fall to Purdue

January 25, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track and field teams both fell to Purdue Saturday, January 23, at the Cowboy/Cowgirl Classic held at the War Memorial Fieldhouse.

The Cowboys scored 71 team points, compared to 80 for the Boilermakers. On the womens side, Purdue won 97-50.

Wyoming was once again led by its throwers. Kevin Mannon, Robin Lyons and Jason Gervais all collected individual championships. Mannon won the 35-pound weight throw with a mark of 70' 10 3/4". The Pokes finished 1-2-3 in the weight throw, with Derek Woodskee and Gervais finishing second and third.

Lyons won the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 68' 2 1/4". With that throw, Lyons now has the best throw in the country this season. With her lead, that means that Wyoming has the national leader in both the 20-pound weight throw and 35-pound weight throw in Lyons and Mannon.

Transfer Jason Gervais won the shot put with a throw of 57' 10 1/4". He made the mark with his last throw, moving from third to first. Wyoming finished 1-2 in the shot put, with Gervais and Mannon the top throwers.

In the mens pole vault, Gregg Sawyer continued to impress with a mark of 15' 9" in winning the event. Coming off of some sickness, Mervin Swaby won the long jump with a jump of 24' 8 ", just missing a provisional qualification.

Wyoming also had some excellent performances in the running events as Shane Rasby won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.94 and Darby Goodspeed won the 400-meter dash at 57.21. Buffalo, Wyo., native Joe Hall remained unbeaten in the 3000-meter run when he won the race in a time of 8:59.80.

"I was really pleased with effort of both teams," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head cross country and track and field coach said. "The men lost a real tough battle with Purdue. We had a tough week with a number of kids coming down with the flu. We were able to get Mervin Swaby back in the long jump, which he won, but he was unable to go in the 55-meters. Dave Roberts hip is still hampering him, so he wasnt able to run the way he normally does. Those two things were probably the difference.

"We had some great individual performances," said Judge. "Swaby and Quincy Howe both performed well. The throwers, I felt like, were the group that dominated for us. Kevin Mannon had another outstanding performance, with Gervais and Woodskee both throwing personal bests. Joe Hall remained consistent for us, and maybe we can get him in a hot race and get him qualified.

"Robin Lyons had an excellent performance," said Judge. "Hogan from Purdue finished fourth in the nation last year. So that was a real good matchup between those two. Darby Goodspeed won the 400 in impressive fashion, and we look for her to develop even more."

The next action for Wyoming will be next Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Air Force Classic. It will be a six-team, scored event.