Wyoming Track and Field Athletes Compete at Husker Invitational

February 8, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming had several track and field athletes competing at this weekends Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. Wyoming had two individual champions in Kevin Mannon and Robin Lyons.

Mannon won the mens 35-pound weight throw with an effort of 70' 10 ". Mannons throw was more than a foot better than the second-place thrower. In the same event, Derek Woodske placed fourth, with a throw of 67' 8". Sophomore Jason Gervais threw 63' 3/4" to finish in eighth-place.

Lyons won the womens 20-pound weight throw with a throw of 68' 8 1/2". With that throw, Lyons has the best throw by a collegian this year. It also breaks the school record and the Canadian National Record. Tamara Hawkins and Julie Thomas finished sixth and seventh in the same event.

In the mens shot put, Gervais finished in seventh with a throw of 57' 9 ". And in the womens shot put, Lyons was fifth with a personal best throw of 48' 8". In the same event, Tamara Hawkins placed tenth with a throw of 46' 6".

"In the 35-pound weight throw, I was really pleased overall, having three in the top 8. And that is in one of the most competitive meets in the country," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head cross country and track and field coach. "That was Kevins third consecutive title. He beat a lot of the top ranked contenders in the country.

"Robins throw breaks the school record and the Canadian National Record. It was the best throw in the country by a collegian this year. I felt that Robin came out and established herself against the number two and number three ranked contenders in the country.

"Tamara really turned it on this week. She improved her best throw of the season by almost four feet in the 20-pound weight throw. It shows that our program is on the rise when we can have this many individuals place in such a nationally competitve field."

The next action for the Wyoming track and field teams is Feb. 13, when they host the Robert Shine Invitational in Laramie.