Cowgirls Take Second at Air Force Invitational

Jan. 25, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men's andwomen's track teams traveled to the U.S. Air Force Academy in ColoradoSprings, Colo. for the Air Force Invitational. The Cowgirls took secondplace as a team with 71 points, Colorado State took home the title with 183points. The Cowboys finished the day in 7th place out of 11 teams with 43points, Colorado State also took the men's title with 109 points.

Six Cowgirls placed third or better in their respective events to lead theCowgirls to their second place team finish. Senior Andrea Batt took secondplace in the shot put with a throw of 51' 5 3/4", the mark is a team bestfor the season. In the weight throw senior Crystal Smith's mark of 61' 21/4" was good enough for a second place finish, the mark is also a team bestfor the season. Junior Chanua Johnson earned a second place in the high jumpwith her jump of 5' 5" to help the Cowgirls. Sophomore Ingvild Carstensaccomplished a personal record in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.40,the time was also good enough for second place. In the 800 meter runsophomore Tanice Barnett's time of 2:19.24 was good enough for third placeand junior Kima Wells also took third place with a 7.64 time in the 60 meterdash.

Only two Cowboys placed in the top three on the day. Senior Mervin Swabycaptured the meet crown in the long jump with a season best jump of 24' 4".Freshman Jeremiah Johnson took second place in the 800 meters with a time of1:53.73, also a season best.

"We've got too many kids that are still trying to learn what it is allabout," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "Hopefully we willfigure it out before the indoor season is over." Coach Yentes went on tosay, "We are making progress, but we still have a lot of work to do."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete again next weekend when they host theRobert Shine Invitational in Laramie, Wyo. on Feb. 1.