Feb. 5, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming trackand field teams had seven individual champions at the Mountain StatesGames, hosted by Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.
Senior thrower Jason Gervais won the men's 35-pound weight throw with amark of 71' 7 1/4", defeating James Parker of Utah State by almost oneand half feet. Junior Jason Hammond improved on his provisionalqualifying mark in the shot put with a throw of 60' 2".
Mervin Swaby won the men's long jump with a leap of 24' 2 1/2". Swabywon the long jump by well over one foot. Quincy Howe won the men'striple jump, marking 50' 5 1/2". Howe also placed third in the longjump (22' 6").
Sophomore Justin Cavinee won the men's open shot put with a throw of52' 7". Cavinee also placed fourth in the 35-pound weight throw (58'4").
On the women's side three Cowgirls were champions. The women were onceagain led by senior Robin Lyons, who won the women's 20-pound weightthrow with a mark of 67' 7 3/4". Dana Dillon (59' 7"), Julie Thomas(58' 3") and Naomi Elliott (57' 1 1/4") placed 3-4-5 in the same event.
Freshman Kima Wells won the women's 60-meter dash, timing in at 7.69.Wells was followed in the 60-meter dash by Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey, whoplaced third. Lindo-Jeffrey was a champion herself though, winning the200-meter dash with a time of 24.60, easily outrunning the competition.
"Overall we had some good performances," said Larry Judge, Wyoming headtrack and field coach. "We're at the time of year where we get intosome heavy training. Some of the kids were a little beat up and we hadsome kids with colds. But they came out and performed well.
"Jason Gervais had a good performance in the weight throw, defeating astrong thrower from Utah State. That performance put Jason in a goodlight nationally. Jason Hammond continues to improve, besting his markin the shot put. Quincy Howe and Mervin Swaby are really becomingconsistent in their performances. We have some really good thingshappening on our men's team.
"Robin Lyons had a strong throw in the 20-pound weight. Naomi Elliottalso performed well in the shot put, with a mark of 47' 9 1/2". KimaWells and Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey were excellent in the shorter sprints,Kima winning the 60-meter and Fiona the 200-meter. Now we'll look aheadand start preparing for the Husker Invitational next week."