UW Track & Field Teams Take Second at Robert Shine Invite

Feb. 1, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men's andwomen's track and field teams both finished in second place Saturday at theRobert Shine Invitational at the War Memorial Fieldhouse in Laramie, Wyo.The Cowgirls finished the day with 111 points falling short to ColoradoState who finished the day with 136 points. The Cowboys also fell short tothe Rams as they produced 88.5 points to CSU's 126.

The Cowgirls had four athletes win their respective events on the day.Sophomore Shauna Smith set a new War Memorial Fieldhouse record in the 400meter dash with a time of 55.33, breaking her old record of 55.95. JuniorKima Wells ran a 7.06 in the 55 meter dash to take first place, Wells alsotook third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 59.14. Senior Chanua Johnsonjumped 5' 6" to earn the meet crown in the high jump, and freshman JanineBraithwaite took first place in the long jump with a leap of 18' 8 1/2".Other great Cowgirl performances were by senior Crystal Smith and freshmanMelissa Vallejos finishing second and third in the weight throw. JuniorsStephanie Anderson and Jody Sandborn both cleared 10' 6" to take second andthird place in the pole vault. Junior Andrea Batt's throw of 51' 9 3/4"earned her second place in the shot put and freshman Ingvild Carstens wasdefeated by less than one hundredth of a second in the 200-meters with atime of 26.196 to settle for second place.

The Cowboys were led by senior Mervin Swaby who won two events on the day.In the long jump Swaby out jumped the competition with a leap of 24' 4 1/4",he also took the crown in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.43. In theweight throw senior Dan Williams and sophomore Zack Shaefer took second andthird with marks of 61' 1 1/2" and 60' 8 3/4" respectively. Freshman TomHall earned a second place finish in the high jump clearing the bar at 6'6". In the 3000 meter run freshman Brian Knight set a season best time of9:06.31 for second place in the event, and sophomore Jeremy Thompson tooksecond place with time of 1:58.94 in the 800-meters.

"We had some nice performances today," said head track and field coach DonYentes following the meet. "We are slowly cutting into the competitionagainst these two great teams. We are finally starting to get on track,Shauna Smith set a new Fieldhouse record today and it is good to see hercome around. Mervin Swaby was a double winner to lead the men and their weremany other performances today that were great but not in the top two orthree. Things are going well and we will look to improve even more in twoweeks."

The Cowgirls and Cowboys are off next weekend but then travel to Nebraskaon the 15th of February for the Husker Invite.

For complete meet results, please contact the UW Sports Information Office @ 307-766-2256.