Cowboys, Cowgirls Both In Second At MWC Indoor Track Championships

Feb. 25, 2000


After two days of competition,the Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams are both insecond-place at the inaugural Mountain West Conference Indoor Track andField Championships held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls crowned three champions. Robin Lyons(20-pound weight throw), Jason Gervais (35-pound weight throw) andMervin Swaby (long jump) all were the champions in their events.

Lyons was spectacular in the women's 20-pound weight throw. She set apersonal record with a throw of 70' 11 1/4". With a personal best,Lyons also broke her own school record and Canadian National record.That is also the second-best throw in NCAA history, behind Wyomingassistant coach Dawn Ellerbe.

Gervais was also outstanding, with his best throw in the 35-poundweight at a distance of 74' 1 3/4". Gervais' winning mark was nearlyeight feet better than the second-place finisher.

Swaby, just a sophomore, was the champion in the men's long jump. Witha leap of 24' 11 1/4", Swaby won the competition by almost two feet overAnthony Jones of Air Force.

The women's 20-pound weight throw proved to be the most dominatingperformance by the Wyoming team. The Cowgirls went 1-2-3-4-5-6 in theevent, completing a spectacular sweep. Lyons was followed by DanaDillon (62' 2 1/4"), Julie Thomas (61' 9"), Naomi Elliott (58' 6"),Sarah Blanton (57' 8 1/2") and Marie Le Jour (57' 6 1/2"). All told,this event was worth 36 team points for Wyoming.

Buffalo, Wyo., native Joe Hall performed very well in the men's5000-meter run. Hall placed second with a time of 15:09.77, justmissing out on first. The winner was Travis Hildebrand of Utah, whofinished in 15:09.29.

In the men's weight throw, Wyoming went 1-2-4. Behind Gervais wereJason Hammond (66' 5 3/4") and Justin Cavinee (59' 2 3/4"). With thosefinishes, Wyoming earned 23 team points.

The men's long jump also saw Wyoming perform well. Along with championMervin Swaby, the Cowboys had a fourth-place finish out of Shane Rasbywho jumped 22' 11 3/4".

A number of preliminary events were run, with athletes making thefinals by time. Wyoming was highly successful and has a number ofCowboys and Cowgirls qualified in the finals on Saturday.

"I'm really excited about our performances today," said Wyoming headcoach Larry Judge. "To sweep the women's 20-pound weight throw onethrough six makes a huge statement about our program. They have workedhard all year long for this. I liked how we stepped up and competed.

"I'm proud of the guys," said Judge. "Our throwers scored lots ofpoints and Jason's throw is the second-best in the nation at thispoint. Swaby and Rasby in the long jump did a real nice job. Our bigevents came up huge for us, and that's very important.

"It was a good day for us, and it leads to excitement for tomorrow. Wehave lots of athletes in the finals and have some of our key eventsremaining."

 Complete team standing after day two: WOMEN                     MEN 1.  Brigham Young   75.5  1.  Brigham Young  66 2.  WYOMING         40    2.  WYOMING        52 3.  San Diego State 36    3.  Colorado State 50 4.  Colorado State  25    4.  Air Force      41 5.  UNLV            24.5  5.  Utah           16 6.  Utah            16    6.  New Mexico     6 7.  Air Force       9 8.  New Mexico      8