Schaefer And Barnett Win Big At Husker Invite

Feb. 16, 2003

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - Sophomore's Zach Schaefer and TaniceBarnett both took first place in their respective events for Wyoming Trackand Field at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday.Schaefer's throw of 61' 1/4" took the crown in the weight throw whileBarnett's time of 2:13.53 was good for first place in the 800 meters.

"We had some nice performances today," said UW head track and field coachDon Yentes. "We had a lot of athletes set personal records in their eventsand that is great to see just weeks before the conference meet."

Wyoming athletes that set personal records were senior Lee Ann Forbes inthe 800 meters (2:19.14), freshman Brian Knight in the 3,000 meters(8:30.98), sophomore Jennifer Thompson in the 800 meters (10:15.98)sophomore Natalie Kean in the 3,000 meters (10:19.02), and freshman RobertHarris in the 400 meter dash (49.69).

The Cowgirls set a new school record in the 4x400 meter relay. The tandemof Ingvild Carstens, Shauna Smith, Kima Wells and Jessica Fox broke theprevious record by half a second with a time of 3:47.11. Wells also tookthird place in the 200 meter dash (25.08) and fourth place in the 60 meterdash (7.64). Other Cowgirls that turned in quality performances were juniorCrystal Smith who took second in the weight throw (61' 1.5"), freshmanMelissa Vallejos' fourth place performance in the weight throw (56'.5"), andjunior Andrea Batt who earned a second place finish in the shot put (50'10").

The Cowboys were led by the throw crew as four athletes earned team pointson the day. Senior John Griffith finished right behind Schaefer in theweight throw finishing second (58' 7.25"). Senior Dan Williams and sophomoreBrad Vodicka finished sixth and seventh in the shot put with marks of 54'5.25" and 53' 9" respectively.

Senior Mervin Swaby's mark of 23' 7.5" in the long jump was good enough forsecond place for the Pokes. Swaby also finished sixth in the 60 meter dashwith a time of 6.94. Other Cowboy notables were freshman Blake Jackson'sfourth place finish in the triple jump (45' 1"), and sophomore Matt Hudsonwho finished seventh in the mile run (4:15.34).

"We need to get focussed for the conference meet in two weeks," addedYentes. "We made some nice strides today, but we need everyone to step it upif we want to finish the indoor season strong."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will next compete at the Wyoming Open on Feb. 21stin Laramie, Wyo., in the War Memorial Fieldhouse.