Wyoming Track And Field Hosts Robert Shine Invitational

Feb. 19, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming trackand field team looked strong at the Robert Shine Invitational inLaramie, as they prepare for the Mountain West Conference IndoorChampionships next week in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Cowgirls were led by the throwing crew. Wyoming senior Robin Lyonswas the top collegiate placer in the 20-pound weight, breaking her ownschool record with a mark of 70' 2 1/2". That mark is the best in thecountry this year and is the third-best mark in the history of theevent. Fellow senior Dana Dillon improved her provisional qualifyingmark in the 20-pound weight with a throw of 63' 9". True freshman SarahBlanton also had a provisional mark with a distance of 58' 1 1/4".

In the shot put, four Cowgirls had season-best performances. Marie LeJour was the top Wyoming placer with a throw of 52' 2". Le Jour wasfollowed by Naomi Elliott (52' 0") and Robin Lyons (51' 7 3/4").

Also performing well for the women was Tomeca Brown, who won the triplejump (37' 1 1/4") and the 55-meter hurdles (8.21), and took second inthe long jump (17' 4 3/4").

On the men's side, Wyoming was once again led by junior Jason Gervais.Gervais was the top collegiate placer in both the 35-pound weight (71'8") and shot put (63' 6 1/4"). Gervais is an automatic qualifier ineach event and continues to be a dominant thrower.

Jason Hammond bested his season shot put mark with a throw of 61' 11/4", good for second place, and was third in the 35-pound weight throw(65' 2 1/4"). Wyoming sophomore Mervin Swaby won two events, capturingthe championship in the long jump (24' 11 1/4") and the 55-meter dash(6.34).

Two War Memorial Fieldhouse records were broken at the Robert ShineInvitational, a non-scored meet), in the throws. Wyoming graduateassistant Kevin Mannon broke his own Fieldhouse record with a mark of75' 10" in the 35-pound weight throw. Jesseca Cross, also a graduateassistant, broke her own shot put record with a throw of 61' 8 1/4".

"This is our final tune-up for the conference championships and I feltlike we had some good things happen," said Larry Judge, Wyoming headcoach. "Right now we're really into our peak for the conference, andwe've turned up the intensity in practice. Physically we're shaping upto where we need to be.

"It was another big day for Jason Gervais," said Judge. "I thought hehad a good, competitive effort and had an excellent double. With JasonHammond and Justin Cavinee having big performances as well, I feel likeour shot putters had a big day. Mervin Swaby looked very strong today,with two victories. His long jump mark was the second-best of his life,so he appears very strong. Quincy Howe and Shane Rasby also performedwell for us in the triple jump and 55-meter hurdles.

"On the women's side, I feel like we're really coming on in the shotput," said Judge. "Naomi was really the catalyst of the group. She setthe pace and put the pressure on Le Jour and Lyons, and they bothresponded. Robin Lyons in the weight throw was excellent for us. Shebroke her won school record and Canadian National Record. Shesolidified her position as the top thrower in the country. We also hadanother provisional qualifier in the weight throw, in Sarah Blanton.Sarah, a true freshman, has been throwing well in practice. When yousee her put it all together that makes it real nice."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will be back in action on Feb. 24-26, whenthey compete in the Mountain West Conference Championships in ColoradoSprings, Colo.