UW Track And Field Competes At Husker Invite

Feb. 12, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming trackand field teams were in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend to compete in theFrank Sevigne Husker Invitational, one of the top meets in the country.

Wyoming had one individual champion as senior thrower Robin Lyonssuccessfully defended her Husker Invitational title in the 20-poundweight throw by winning the event with a throw of 65' 11 1/2". Lyons isone of the very best female throwers in the country and certainly showedthat among an outstanding field of throwers at the Husker Invite.

Also in the women's 20-pound weight throw Dana Dillon placed fifth (61'3 1/2") and Julie Thomas was seventh (59' 11"). In the women's shotput, freshman Naomi Elliott recorded her best mark of the year with athrow of 49' 6 1/4". That throw also provisionally qualifies Elliottfor the NCAA Indoor Championships. Marie Le Jour placed seventh (47' 73/4") in the shot put.

Adelaide Harper ran very well for the Cowgirls and took fourth in the200-meter dash with a time of 24.85. Harper is the Wyoming schoolrecord holder in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Kima Wells had herfastest time of the year in the 60-meter dash by clocking in at 7.62.

On the men's side junior Jason Gervais placed second in the 35-poundweight throw with a mark of 70' 4 1/4". Gervais was sixth in the shotput, with a throw of 61' 7". The men's shot put field consisted ofseven of the top eight ranked throwers in the nation.

There were some other outstanding performances for the Cowboys. MervinSwaby placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 23' 6" and QuincyHowe was 10th in the triple jump with a mark of 48' 2".

"I thought we showed well on the women's side," said Larry Judge,Wyoming head track and field coach. "Our competition keeps gettingtougher and tougher as we move along in the season. We are becomingvery consistent and had some good individual performances. Robin wasexcellent in defending her 20-pound weight throw title. That is a veryprestigious title to hold.

"Naomi Elliott improved her provisional mark in the shot put with athrow of 49' 6". Naomi is just a freshman, so to have her so close tothe 50-foot mark is very exciting. Kima Wells in the 60-meter andAdelaide Harper in the 200-meter ran very, very well for us.

"We had also had some outstanding performances on the men's side," saidJudge. "This was a very competitive field all around. The shot putfield had seven of the top eight ranked throwers competing, which putsJason in some good company. This meet was a good opportunity for us aswe prepare for the conference championships in two weeks."

The Cowboy and Cowgirl track and field teams will be back in action onFeb. 19 when they host the Robert Shine Invitational in Laramie. Themeet will begin at 10:00 a.m.