Jan. 26, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Senior Kelly Ann Charles, juniorSeth Billy and freshman Shauna Smith set new University of WyomingAll-Time school records in their respective events at the Air ForceInvitational Track Meet in Colorado Springs, Colo, highlighting asuccessful two days of competition for UW.
Smith broke her own school record in the women's 400-meter dash whichshe previously set last weekend with a time of 54.63. Smith's timeprovisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships, making her thesixth UW athlete to provisionally qualify this season. Billy raced to atime of 47.91 in the men's 400-meter dash, breaking Chris Welsh's recordof 48.05 set in 1995. Due to an illness Smith didn't compete in thefinals of the 400 while Billy placed in a tie for fourth. Charles set anew record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.55 on way to hersecond-place finish.
In the overall team standings the Cowgirls placed third out of 13 teamswith 95 total points behind women's champion Fresno State (126) andrunner-up Colorado (102.50.) The Wyoming men placed fifth out of 12teams with 75 points. CU won the men's title with 103 points followedby Air Force (98), BYU (96.50) and Alabama (91.50).
"Overall I thought our team came out and gave some very solidperformances," said Wyoming head coach Don Yentes. "We really gotthings going this weekend and are starting to come on. I believe if ourwomen would have been healthy and we had a full team we would have wonthis meet. The men have improved in ever meet this season and like thewomen have been a little shorthanded due to illness and injury."
Wyoming won six individual events and placed second in four events atthe two-day invitational. Senior Quincy Howe automatically qualifiedfor the NCAA Championships in the triple jump, winning the event with amark of 53-7. Also winning for UW was freshman Jessica Fox in thewomen's 400-meter dash (56.59, third best all-time in UW history),sophomore Andrea Batt in the women's shot put (52-1 1/4), senior JulieThomas in the women's 20-pound weight throw (63-5 1/2), junior CollinThomas in the men's 200-meter dash (21.55) and junior John Griffith inthe men's 35-pound weight throw.
Cowgirl senior Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey placed second in the 200-meter dash(24.67), junior Stephanie Hanks placed third in the 5000-meter run(19:31.52) and sophomore Chan Johnson placed third in the high jump(5-5) to round out top three performances for the Wyoming women.
On the men's side junior Craig Suter took second in the shot put with atoss of 56-1 3/4 and junior Dan Williams placed third in the 35-poundweight throw with a mark of 56-8 1/2.
Other quality performances by Wyoming were given by junior Kim Demers,who placed fifth in the women's pentathlon (3113 points, 2nd in UWhistory), senior Enioma Haynes in the women's triple jump (placed 4th,38-11 1/2, 2nd in UW history) and freshman Bret Zowada in the men'spentathlon (placed 6th, fourth-best in UW history).
The Wyoming track and field team will next travel to Lincoln, Neb., tocompete in the Adidas Invitational on Feb. 1-2.