Wyoming Track Teams Competes in Final Meet Before Mountain West Conference Championships

Feb. 21, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. -- University of Wyoming trackand fieldteams competed in their final meet before heading to the Mountain WestConference Championships next weekend. The Cowboys and Cowgirls playedhostto Chadron State, Colorado State and the Bear Track Club in a nonescoringmeet Friday at the War Memorial Fieldhouse.

UW athletes took first place in thirteen events on the day andmanyathletes recorded personal best performances. Sophomore CourtneySchlegeltook first place in the long jump with a leap of 17' 5 1/4". The jump isapersonal best and the second best jump on the team this season. Schlegelalso took first place in the triple jump, setting another personalrecordwith a mark of 37' 11 1/2".

In the pole vault freshman Kaela Thayer vaulted a personal best10' 11 1/2"taking the top spot. Thayer's vault is also the best mark by a Cowgirlthisseason. Junior high jumper Chauna Johnson took the top spot in her eventclearing the bar at 5' 3 3/4". Other Cowgirls that turned in solid fieldevent performances were junior Andrea Batt who took second in the shotputwith a mark of 51' 5", and senior Crystal Smith taking second in theweightthrow with a throw of 63' 7 1/2", which is the eleventh best mark in thenation.

On the track, four Cowgirls turned in first place performancesin theirevents. Sophomore Shauna Smith recorded a season best time in the 55meterhurdles with an 7.95. Junior Kima Wells improved her time in the 55meterdash with a 7.00, which is currently the fastest time in the MountainWestConference. Sophomore Ashley Mecham took the top spot in the 800 meterswitha personal best time of 2:24.65, and freshman Ingvild Carstens won the200meter dash with a time of 26.24.

Three Cowboys took home the top spot in their respective eventsincludingsenior Mervin Swaby who was a triple winner. Swaby took first place inthelong jump with a season best jump of 24' 7 1/4", also recording the bestMountain West long jump mark on the season. His leap of 49' 10" alsotook the crown in the jump, which again was a season best mark for thePokes. Swaby completed the hat trick with a first place finish in the 55meter dash with a time of 6.45. Other Cowboys to take home first placehonors were freshman Jeremiah Johnson in the 800 meters with a time of1:58.65, and freshman Freeman Charles' time of 51.56 was the top time inthe400 meter dash.

The Cowboy throw crew also turned in some great marks Friday.SophomoreZack Shaefer recorded a season best mark in the weight throw with a tossof62' 8". Senior Dan Williams also improved his season best mark in theeventfor the season throwing to a distance of 61' 11 3/4". In the shot putsophomore Brad Vodika set a personal record with mark of 53' 11 3/4".

"We had some great performances today," said UW head track andfield coachDon Yentes. "A lot of kids came out here today and stepped it up, buttheyneed to do the same thing next weekend because that is when it counts."

The Cowgirls and Cowboys will next travel to the Air ForceAcademy for theMWC Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 27-Mar. 1. Last season theUWmen placed fourth and the women placed third at the indoorchampionships.