Track and Field Hosts The Robert Shine Invitational

Feb. 17, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming junior Quincy Howesolidified his status as one of the nations elite triple jumpers byautomatically qualifying for the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and FieldChampionships by jumping 53-5 3/4, Saturday at the Robert ShineInvitational in Laramie. The mark also broke his own school and WarMemorial Fieldhouse record set earlier this season.

Five other Wyoming athletes set personal bests in their respectiveevents Saturday. Freshman Andrea Batt placed first in the shot put witha throw of 47-10 3/4, sophomore John Griffith set a new personal recordin the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 58-4, junior Mervin Swabywon the long jump with a personal best mark of 25-3 3/4 and the 55-meterhurdles with a personal best time of 7.54, sophomore Kelly Ann Charlesplaced first in the 55-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 8.04and sophomore Kima Wells set a personal best time in the 55-meter dashwith a winning time of 6.96.

Wyoming had two more athletes provisionally qualify for the NCAAChampionships in junior Julie Thomas in the 20-pound weight throw (59-11/4) and Swaby in the long jump.

Other first place finishers for UW were Jason Gervais in the 35-poundweight throw (71-2 3/4), Dakota Smith in the high jump (5-3 3/4), DavinaStrauss in the long jump (18-3 3/4), Stephanie Anderson in the polevault (10-6), Carlington Duncan in the 55-meter dash (6.37) and the200-meter dash (22.18), Jason Hammond in the shot put (57-10 1/2), SethBilly in the 400-meter dash (49.57) and Kelly Ann Charles in the200-meter dash (26.58).

"I feel really good about our performances today," said Wyoming headcoach Don Yentes. "We put no emphasis on today's meet, we weren'temotionally into it and yet we came away with a number of outstandingperformances.

"We toned down our training this week in preparation for the conferencechampionships next week. We have been training hard all season howeverand all that hard work we've been putting in during practice is reallyshowing for us and we're really starting to come around." Yentes said.

Chadron State and the Colorado School of Mines also competed at theRobert Shine Invitational but no team scores were kept.

Wyoming will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., next week for the 2001Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Thechampionships will begin on Feb. 22 and will conclude on Feb. 24.