Wyoming Breaks Three School Records at Iowa State Classic, Dominate Throw Events at Fum McGraw Memorial

Feb. 11, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track andfield team split its squad this past weekend with a group of sprinterstraveling to Ames, Iowa to compete in the Iowa State Classic and a groupof throwers traveling to Fort Collins, Colo., to compete in the FumMcGraw Memorial. Both squads came away with outstanding performances ateach meet.

At the Iowa State Classic, which was held Feb. 8-9, seven Wyomingathletes competed in the sprint events. Freshman Shauna Smith onceagain set a new school mark in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.18,breaking the record for the fourth time this season. Smith placed thirdin the event. The Cowgirls' other stellar 400-meter sprinter, freshmanJessica Fox, did not finish her race due to a fall.

Cowgirl junior Kelly Ann Charles set a new school record in the60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.54, placing her in sixth. Charlesbroke her own record of 8.55 she set earlier this season.

UW's women's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey,senior Kim Demers, Fox and Smith also set a new all-time school recordwith a time of 3:47.69, good enough for a seventh-place finish. Theteam eclipsed the time of 3:53.98, set earlier this season at the RobertShine Invitational in Laramie.

Lindo-Jeffrey performed solidly in the 60-meter dash, placing 14thoverall with a time of 7.83 and finished 19th in the 200-meter dash witha time of 25.18. Demers placed 51st in the 60-meter hurdles with a timeof 9.48 to round out the Cowgirl competitors.

The Pokes only sent two athletes, junior Seth Billy and junior CollinThomas to the Iowa State Classic. Billy placed eighth in the 400-meterdash with a time of 48.12 and Thomas placed 13th in the 60-meter dashwith a time of 6.88 and 11th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.54,which ranks as the third best time in school history. Thomas ran a timeof 6.86 in the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash which is thefourth-best time in UW school history.

"This was a very good trip for us," said UW head coach Don Yentes."The team stepped it up and did a very good job and turned out somegreat times."

Wyoming's throwers won three of four throwing events at the Fum McGrawMemorial Indoor Meet, held Feb. 8-9. Senior Julie Thomas won the20-pound weight throw with a toss of 61-7, sophomore Andrea Batt won theshot put with a throw of 51-5 3/4 and Cowboy junior Dan Williams won the35-pound weight throw with a mark of 59-4 1/4 and also placed eighth inthe shot put (58-3 1/4).

On the women's side, junior Crystal Smith placed second in the 20-poundweight throw (59-8 1/2) and junior Heather Carpenter finished sixth inthe 20-pound weight throw (48-2 3/4). Wyoming's men all placed wellwith junior John Griffith placing second in the 35-pound weight throw(58-3 1/4) and third in the shot put (49-7 3/4), junior Craig Suterfinished second in the shot put with a toss of 55-2 and senior JoshwaMcMullen placed sixth in the shot put (46-3 1/4).

"It's nice to see the team starting to hit its stride at this point ofthe season. We're now going to try to get healthy and concentrate onthe conference championships in a couple of weeks." Yentes said.

At both meets no team scores were kept.

Wyoming will compete in its final regular season indoor meet before theMountain West Conference Indoor Championships on Friday, Feb. 15, whenthey host the Wyoming Invitational in the War Memorial Fieldhouse. Themeet will begin with the field events starting at 5:00 p.m.