Track & Field Competes at Air Force Classic

February 1, 1999


The University of Wyoming mens and womens track and field teams competed at the Air Force Classic on Saturday, January 30, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Teams participating in the meet were Air Force, Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State and Ohio State, along with Wyoming.

Seven athletes from Wyoming won individual championships at the Classic. The Cowboys and Cowgirls were especially successful in the throwing events.

In the womens 20-pound weight throw, Wyoming went 1-2-3 in sweeping the event. Robin Lyons took first with a throw 63' 11 1/2". Lyons was followed by Dana Dillon (59' 2") and Julie Thomas (57' 9 1/2"), who both threw personal bests. Wyoming also went 1-2 in the womens shot put. Tamara Hawkins won the event by throwing 48' 1 1/4". Hawkins was followed closely by Lyons, who threw 48' even.

The Cowboys also won the mens shot put and 35-pound weight throw. In the shot put, Jason Gervais continued to throw well with an outstanding effort of 59' 2 1/4". Wyoming went 1-2-3 in the 35-pound weight throw, with Derek Woodskee winning the event by throwing 68' 11 3/4", which is an automatic NCAA qualifying distance. Woodskee was followed by Kevin Mannon (68' 3 3/4") and Gervais (60' 7 3/4").

Wyoming also won both the mens long jump and triple jump. In the long jump, Mervin Swaby won with an effort of 23' 8 1/4". Quincy Howe won the triple jump by jumping 48' 11".

Laramie, Wyo., native Greg Schabron won the mens 3000-meter race by finishing in a time of 8:49.20. Schabron finished two full seconds ahead of the second-place runner.

"Overall, I was pleased with a number of individual performances," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head cross country and track and field coach. "We again performed well in our areas of strength, the weights and the jumps. We set three meet records here; in the mens and womens weight throws and in the mens shot put."

The next action for the Wyoming track and field program is Feb. 5-6 at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.