Track And Field Finishes Up At MWC Indoor Championships

Feb. 26, 2000


Wyoming had two individual championsand a first-place relay team during the last day of action at theinaugural Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and FieldChampionships.

Quincy Howe in the triple jump and Jason Gervais in theshot put were the champions, while the men's mile relay team placedfirst. During Friday's action, Wyoming crowned three champions. RobinLyons (20-pound weight), Jason Gervais (35-pound weight) and MervinSwaby (long jump) all were champions in their events.

Lyons wasspectacular in the weight throw. She set a personal record with a throwof 70' 11 1/4". With a personal best, Lyons also broke her own schoolrecord and Canadian National record. That is also the second-best throwin NCAA history, behind Wyoming assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe.

Gervaiswas also outstanding, with his best throw in the 35-pound weight at adistance of 74' 1 3/4". Gervais' winning mark was nearly eight feetbetter than the second-place finisher. On Saturday, Gervais won themen's shot put with a personal best and school record mark of 64' 7".To win the shot put, Gervais defeated Jim Roberts of BYU, who wasleading the nation in the event entering the meet. Roberts finishedwith a mark of 64' 5 1/4". Gervais' winning mark came on his fifththrow, after he and Roberts has switched leads twice. With his twochampionships, in the shot put and weight throw, Gervais was named themen's Outstanding Performer of the meet.

Swaby, just a sophomore, wasthe champion in the long jump. With a leap of 24' 11 1/4", he won thecompetition by almost two feet.

Howe won the men's triple jump with amark of 50' 8 1/4". Howe, also a sophomore, was the Western AthleticConference champion in the triple jump last year. Just behind Howe inthe triple jump was Swaby, with a leap of 50' 6 1/4", giving Wyoming a1-2 finish.

The men's one-mile relay team set a school record on theirway to winning the event. With a time of 3:13.74, the Cowboys beat BYU,who finished in 3:14.34.

Also performing well for the Pokes was seniorCarlington Duncan, who placed second in the men's 200-meter dash with atime of 21.31. On the women's side, Wyoming scored 36 team points inthe 20-pound weight throw. This 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"). Also strongwere Tomeca Brown, who placed third in the long jump leaping 39' 7 1/4"and Lisa Throener, who was fourth in the high jump with a season-bestmark of 5' 7 1/4".