Feb. 14, 2004
Ames, Iowa - Valentines Day 2004 turned out to bea good one for several members of the University of Wyoming track andfield teams. School records were broken and personal milestonesaccomplished at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa on Friday andSaturday.
Cowgirl junior Shauna Smith highlighted UW Saturday as she took firstplace in the 400 meter dash. Smith clocked in at an unbelievable timeof 52.11, an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA IndoorChampionships. Smith's time also breaks her fellow teammate JessicaFox's school and Mountain West Conference record in the event, 52.88set just this season at the Air Force Invite. In the process, she alsoset a new ISU Harry Hoak Fieldhouse record. Smith has nowautomatically and provisionally qualified for the NCAA's in the 400meter dash and 400 meter hurdles.
Senior Kima Wells had the third fastest time in the 60 meter dashwith her preliminary time of 7.48, but did not race in the finals. Shedid however race in the 400 meter dash where she placed seventh with atime of 55.40.
In the women's 5,000 meter run, three Cowgirls eclipsed theprevious UW school record in the event, held by Dodie Kociss(18:01.14, 1992). Junoir Jennifer Thompson took ninth place in theevent with her time of 17:19.16 to etch her name in the record book.Sophomore Emerald Reid won her heat of the race and now holds thesecond fastest time in school history with her 16th overall finish andtime of 17:40.66. Junior Natalie Kean took 22nd place with her time of17:48.16 to put herself third on the all-time list.
Three other Cowgirls turned in personal best performances in theirrespective events. Sophomore Tanice Barnett took tenth place in the800 meter run with a career best time of 2:12.25. Sophomore MichelleKvernmo clocked in at 10:13.70 in the 3,000 meter race for a personalbest mark, and sophomore Maggie Diller took 25th place in the mile runwith a personal best time of 5:07.64.
The Cowboy distance medley relay team raced to the fourth fastesttime in school history. The relay consists of four differentdistances; 1200 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters and the mile run. Thetandem of Jeremy Thompson (1200 meters), Jeremiah Johnson (800meters), Dominic Baysinger (400 meters) and Matt Hudson (mile) crossedthe finish line in 10:08.82.
Several Cowboys also turned in great individual performances.Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson clocked in the second fastest time in UWhistory in the 800 meter run. His time of 1:50.80 placed him 17th andis a personal best mark. In the mile run junior Matt Hudson turned ina career best time of 4:15.47, while sophomore Robert Harris placed39th out of 95 competitors with a personal best time of 48.94 in the400 meter dash.
"The women really ran great," said UW head track and field coachDon Yentes. "Our distance kids are really stepping up and competingwell and our sprint crew had a pretty good day. Overall, I was pleasedwith the performances our kids put forth today. As for our women'steam, I really think if we can just get healthy in two weeks we couldbe right in the hunt for the Mountain West title, but we just have tobe able to get everyone healed up."
The two teams will have one more tune-up meet, the Wyoming Open onFriday, Feb. 20th, before heading to the 2004 MWC Indoor Track andField Championships on Feb. 26-28th in Colorado Springs, Colo.