UW Track And Field Hosts Robert Shine Invite

Jan. 31, 2004

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Laramie, Wyo.-- University of Wyoming track andfield athletes placed in the top three in 15 different events at theRobert Shine Invitational Saturday at the War Memorial Fieldhouse. TheCowboy and Cowgirl squads battled Mountain West Conference foes AirForce and Colorado State in the tri-meet.

Two UW athletes provisionally qualified for the 2004 NCAA IndoorChampionships. Senior sprinter Kima Wells took first place in the 55meter dash with a time of 6.87. Her time is an NCAA provisional markand sets a new Cowgirl school record. Wells now owns both the indoor55 meter dash record and outdoor 60 meter dash record for the Cowgirlprogram. She also took the top spot in the 400 meter dash on Saturday,crossing the finish line in 55.65.

Cowboy Zack Schaefer posted a new personal best mark in the 35 poundweight throw with his toss of 65' 4". The throw was not only goodenough for first place but it also provisionally qualifies him for theNCAA Indoor Championships. Schaefer joins teammate Kyle Herl on theprovisional qualifying list for UW in the men's weight throw.

"I'm really excited to get two more athletes provisionallyqualified for the NCAA's," said UW track and field coach DonYentes. "We are getting athletes qualified in a broad amount ofevents and that is a good sign that your program is on top."

Senior Andrea Batt took first place in both the shot put and 20 poundweight throw for the third consecutive week. Batt recorded a mark of49' 9 3/4" in the shot put and a distance of 64' 7 1/4" in theweight throw. She also took first place in the two events at the AirForce Invite, Jan. 24th, and the Air Force All-Comers meet on, Jan.17th.

Cowgirl junior Shauna Smith blew by her competition in the 55 meterhurdles on Saturday. Smith raced her way to first place with a new WarMemorial Fieldhouse time of 7.84. She breaks the previous fieldhouserecord of 7.85 set by Rachel Fraizer of Arizona back in 1990.

True Freshman Amanda Hopper was another Cowgirl sprinter who claimeda first place finish on Saturday. The Casper, Wyo. native crossed thefinish line in 25.23 in the women's 200 meter dash to win the event.

Other Cowgirl notables on Saturday was senior Kelly Ann Charles whoplaced second in the 55 meter hurdles (7.99) and third in the 55 meterdash (7.28), sophomore Melissa Vallejos placing second in the weightthrow (55' 11"), sophomore Kayln Doyle's third place finish inthe shot put (46' 3 1/4"), senior Stephanie Anderson's secondplace performance in the pole vault (11'), sophomore MeridethFurtney placing third in the 800 meter run (2:28.96), a third placefinish by junior Courtney Schlegel in the triple jump (36' 9") andsophomore Christine Michel's third place finish in the 400 meterdash (1:01.90).

For the Cowboys, Blake Jackson gave UW its second first place finishon Saturday taking the title in the triple jump. Jackson's jump of48' 11" is a new personal record for the sophomore from Cheyenne,Wyo.

Three Cowboys placed in the top four in the high jump event. FreshmanPhillip Thomas and junior Bret Zowada tied for second clearing the barat 6' 4 3/4". Freshman Jared Grant also cleared the height, buthad more attempts and placed fourth.

In the men's shot put, junior Kyle Herl and Tyg Long finished insecond and third place. Herl posted a distance of 58' 4", whileLong recorded a mark of 54' 5 1/2".

Two Cowboy sprinters placed second in their respective events for UWon Saturday. Freshman Dwight Neptune won his heat of the 55 meter dashwith a time of 6.47, but was defeated in the selected time final byJohn Woods of Colorado State, 6.42. Sophomore Robert Harris had thesecond best time in the 400 meter dash. His time of 50.56 was secondto Brandon Kent of CSU, 49.89.

"I like the way our kids competed today," added Yentes. "We aremoving right along, but we have got some things to work on. It is along season and our kids just need to stay focussed and working hardin order for us to keep getting better."

Both the Cowboy and Cowgirl track and field teams will be back inaction next Saturday, Feb. 7th, when they travel to Lincoln, Neb. forthe Husker Invite.