Track & Field Tunes Up Before Next Week's MWC Championships

Feb. 20, 2004

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming trackand field teams competed in their final meet before the Mountain WestConference Championships Friday hosting the Wyoming Open in the WarMemorial Fieldhouse in Laramie. The MWC Track and Field Championshipsare set for Feb. 26th-28th in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Junior Zack Schaefer highlighted the Cowboys by taking first place inthe men's weight throw. Schaefer set new personal best marks in allof his five attempts Friday night, the best being 68' 6". Thedistance is a provisional NCAA Championship qualifying mark andcurrently ranks as the sixth best throw in the nation.

Also in the men's weight throw, junior Kyle Herl finished in secondplace with a NCAA provisional mark of 65' 7 1/4". Herl also tooksecond place in the shot put with another NCAA provisional mark. Hisdistance of 59' 11 3/4" is a personal best mark for the Hays, Kan.native.

Wyoming's multi-event athlete Bret Zowada turned in some greatperformances on Friday. Zowada took the top spot in the men's highjump, clearing the bar at a season's best height of 6' 6 3/4".Zowada also turned in a career best mark in the pole vault, clearing12'.

Other Cowboy notables were; Eric Suter taking first place in the 55meter hurdles (7.8), Dwight Neptune finishing first in the 55 meterdash (6.39) and Jermaine Kelley clocking in at 51.41 in the 400 meterdash for first place.

For the Cowgirls, senior Andrea Batt recorded NCAA provsionaldistances in both the shot put and weight throw events. In the shotput, Batt's distance of 52' 3/4" placed her first in the fieldof 14 while her mark of 65' 7 1/4" was good enough for secondplace and also her second best performance of the year.

For the second time this season, Cowgirl sprinter Kima Wells posted aNCAA provisional time in the 55 meter dash. Wells, a native of Alpine,Wyo., clocked in at 6.88 to finish in first place. Gelsey Polsonfinished third for Wyoming with a time of 7.29.

Sophomore Shauna Smith tuned up for next week's MWC Championshipsby taking the No. 1 position in the 55 meter hurdles. Smith finishedfirst with a time of 7.90. UW's Leah Burke finished second with atime of 8.68.

In the women's 200 meter dash freshman Aniis Hopkins and sophomoreChristine Michel finished in first and second place, respectively.Hopkins took the top spot with a time of 26.77 while Michel followedin 27.59. Hopkins also won the women's long jump competition with aleap of 17' 11 1/4".

Junior Courtney Schelgel recorded her best mark of the season in thetriple jump on Friday night. Schlegel defeated her competition with ajump of 38' 9 1/2".

"Overall I thought tonight was a really good tune-up before nextweekend," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "ZackSchaefer had a really good day and I think Kima Wells is on the vergeof a major breakthrough at the Mountain West Conference meet andshowed that tonight. Now we have some time to rest and get ready forthe big show next weekend."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete next weekend at the 2004Mountain West Conference Track and Field Championships in ColoradoSprings, Colo. The heptathlon and pentathlon competition starts onThursday, Feb. 26th and is being hosted by the Air Force Academy.