Wyoming Competes in Final Tune-up Meet Before the MWC Championships

Feb. 15, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

In its final indoor regular seasonmeet the University of Wyoming track and field team posted some solidperformances at the Wyoming Invitational in Laramie. The meet, whichwas held in the War Memorial Fieldhouse, was a tune-up for the MountainWest Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships to be held nextweekend in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Competing against Wyoming were Chadron State College and the Bear TrackClub from the University of Northern Colorado. No team scores were keptat the meet.

"This was a very solid meet for us, I'm very pleased with ourperformance," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We had a lot of kids setlifetime personal records and a couple of them came very close toprovisionally qualifying for nationals. Hopefully this meet catapultsus into the conference meet and sets us up for good things next week."

Wyoming sophomore Andrea Batt provisionally qualified for the 2002NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 20-pound weight throw,placing third with a lifetime best toss of 59-0. Batt, who has alsoprovisionally qualified in the shot put, is the third Cowgirl weightthrower to qualify for nationals, joining teammates Julie Thomas(automatic qualifier) and Crystal Smith (provisional). Batt also wonthe shot put with a throw of 52-0. Thomas placed first in the weightthrow with a mark of 62-11 1/2 and Smith placed second with a throw of60-2.

Four Cowgirls recorded performances that rank second all-time in the UWrecord books. Sophomore Chan Johnson cleared a personal best height of5-8 in the high jump placing her first in the event. Johnson attemptedto clear the NCAA provisional height of 5-9 3/4, but came up short inthree attempts.

Senior Enioma Haynes improved her all-time school and personal recordin the triple jump with a winning leap of 39-1, placing her second inthat event all-time. Haynes made it a sweep of the jump events bywinning the long jump with a mark of 18-1 1/2. In the pole vaultsophomore Stephanie Anderson also improved upon her personal andsecond-place all-time school record, clearing a height of 11-0,eclipsing her previous mark of 10-10. Junior Kelly Ann Charles placedfirst in the 55-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 7.94, beatingher previous UW all-time second-place record of 8.04.

Other Cowgirls who had performances that rank in the top five all-timein the Wyoming record books were by sophomore Jody Sanborn, who placedsecond in the pole vault (10-6, third all-time), senior AdelaideHarper, who finished first in the 55-meter dash (7.07, fifth all-time)and freshman Shauna Smith, who placed second in the 55-meter hurdles(7.99, third all-time). Smith, who has broken the school record in the400-meter dash in her last four meets, did not compete in the 400.

Sophomore Liz Mickelson (400-meter dash), freshman Jessica Fox(200-meter dash) and the 4x400-meter relay team of senior Kim Demers,sophomore Melissa Laycock, Mickelson and Haynes also picked up victoriesfor the Cowgirls.

The Wyoming men, who have been decimated by injuries this season, putin some solid performances as well, winning 10 of 12 events. Mostimportantly, the Pokes came out of the meet relatively injury free.

"I was just grinding my teeth every time one of our men competed justhoping that nobody would get hurt because we've already had to manyinjuries this year. It's been the longest year possible for our men'sprogram so we can't afford to get anyone else hurt." Yentes said.

Winning events for the Cowboys were junior Dan Williams in the 35-poundweight throw (60-5 3/4), senior Quincy Howe in the long jump (23-7 1/4),sophomore Darren Niedermeyer in the pole vault (15-0), junior CraigSuter in the shot put (54-8 1/4), freshman Brian Sinner in the triplejump (43-11 1/4), sophomore Jason Delaney in the mile run (4:44.43),junior Seth Billy in the 55-meter hurdles (7.57), sophomore CollinThomas in the 55-meter dash (6.42), freshman Matt Hudson in the800-meter run (2:01.54) and freshman Eron Samuels in the 200-meter dash(23.14).

"We tried to down play this meet , it was basically a glorifiedpractice for us. We just wanted to make this meet a fun and hardworkout for the team." said Yentes.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will next travel to the Air Force Academy forthe MWC Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 22-24. Last seasonthe UW men placed fourth and the women placed fifth at the indoorconference championships.