Feb. 25, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the second consecutive yearWyoming track and field athletes Jason Gervais, Mervin Swaby and QuincyHowe won individual conference titles in their respective events at theMountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships inColorado Springs, Colo.
Gervias won the 35-pound weight throw with a season best toss of 73-0,Swaby won the long jump with a mark of 25-1 1/4 and Howe won the triplejump by breaking his own school record for the third time this seasonwith a leap of 54-9 1/2.
Overall, the Cowboys placed fourth with 127.5 points, just five pointsout of second. BYU won the men's team race with 214 points followed byColorado State in placed second with 132.50 points.
"Our men did everything they possible could, they really got after itand stepped it up," Wyoming head coach Don Yentes said. "They foughtall the way to the very end. We just don't have the numbers to competefor a conference title, but we sure irritate a lot of people and thatmakes us pretty proud."
The UW men had 11 All-Conference performances at the championships,broke two school records, had eight national qualifying marks and sevenindividual runner-ups. Junior Mervin Swaby was the co-high point men'sperformer of the meet with 22 points. To go along with Swaby'sfirst-place finish in the long jump, he also placed second in the triplejump (49-11) and fifth in the 60-meter dash.
Other top performances by the Pokes were given by senior CarlingtonDuncan in the 60-meter dash (second with a time of 6.71 and the200-meter dash (second with a school record breaking time of 21.17)Senior Greg Schabron placed second in the in the 3,000-meter run(8:42.19), junior Howe finished second in the long jump (25-1 1/4)),senior Jason Hammond placed second in the shot put (61-10 1/4) and35-pound weight throw (69-1 1/2), senior Gervais placed fourth in theshot put (60-1/4)) and senior Derek Woodske in finished third in the35-pound weight throw (68-11 3/4).
The Cowgirls placed fifth overall with 56 points, just one point awayfrom fourth. The BYU women also won the overall team title with 203points, followed by CSU in second with 141. The Cowgirls had sixAll-Conference performers and broke two school records at the 2001championships.
"The woman are so close to being one of the top teams in theconference. They just quite haven't learned how to put it alltogether." Yentes said.
Wyoming's women had three runner-ups, with sophomore Kima Wells placingsecond in the 60-meter dash (7.54), junior Adelaide Harper finishingsecond in the 200-meter dash in a school record breaking time of 24.31and sophomore Kelly Ann Charles placed second in the 60-meter hurdlesbreaking the UW school record with a time of 8.61. Senior DavinaStrauss had a personal best jump of 19-2 1/2 which put her in third inthe long jump, and senior Tomeca Brown placed third in the triple jumpwith a mark of 38-5.
"Overall, both teams did all they could and we had a heck of a meet, wejust ended up a little short in the team standings." said Yentes.
Final Team Standings
Women Men1. BYU 203 1. BYU 2142. CSU 141 2. CSU 132.53. UNLV 98 3. Air Force 1304. New Mexico 57 4. Wyoming 127.55. Wyoming 56 5. New Mexico 296. Utah 49 6. Utah 167. Air Force 478. San Diego St 8