Cowboy & Cowgirl Track & Field Teams Finish Fourth at Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships

March 1, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming track and fieldteams ended the 2003 Indoor Mountain West Conference Championships by takingall-conference honors in fourteen events. The Cowboys and Cowgirls bothfinished fourth in the team standings with 80 and 78 points, respectively.BYU captured both the men and women team titles.

For the second consecutive day the spotlight was taken by Cowgirl sophomoreJessica Fox who earned all-conference honors in three events on Saturday.Fox set a new Mountain West Conference Championships meet record in the 400meter dash with a time of 53.07 seconds. Her time also set a new UW schoolrecord and tied the Cadet Fieldhouse record. Fox also took second place inthe 200 meter dash with a time of 24.19 seconds, and third place in the 60meter dash with a 7.47 seconds mark.

Junior Kima Wells also turned in a solid finals day. Wells earnedall-conference honors by placing second in the 60 meter dash, setting a newCowgirl record with a time of 7.45 seconds. She also gave the Cowgirls somevaluable points by placing fifth in the 200 meter dash. Junior Andrea Batttook second place in the shot put, for the second straight season, with amark of 51' 4 1/2". Batt also took third in the weight throw yesterday withthrow of 60' 6 3/4", as teammate senior Crystal Smith earned second placehonors in the event with a mark of 62' 1".

The Cowgirl 4x440 yard relay team earned all-conference honors by finishingthird with a time of 3:50.14 seconds. Other solid performances that helpedthe Cowgirls to a fourth place finish were by sophomore Courtney Schlegelwho took fourth place in the triple jump with a personal record mark of 38'7", and sophomore Melissa Vallejos who earned fourth place in the weightthrow yesterday with a throw of 56' 3 3/4".

Cowgirls Shauna Smith and Janine Brathwait had to sit out of finalscompetition. Smith qualified for the finals in the 60 meter hurdles Fridaybut was forced to watch Saturday's competition due to an ankle sprain.Brathwaite was scheduled to compete in the finals of the 60 meter dash butdue to a hamstring pull was forced to withdraw as well.

"The girls had a rough day yesterday," said UW head track and field coachDon Yentes. "Two girls that qualified for finals in their events got injuredand couldn't compete today. However, today as a team the women stepped upand moved ahead of a few teams and finished really well."

The Cowboys were led by senior Mervin Swaby who earned all-conferencehonors in three events and was awarded the meet Male High Point Award forhis performances. Swaby took the conference crown in the triple jump with aleap of 51' 1 1/2", and also placed second in the 60 meter dash with a timeof 6.90 seconds. Swaby also earned all-conference honors in the long jump onFriday with a mark of 24' 1 2/4".

Freshman Jeremiah Johnson placed second in the 800 meters to earnall-conference honors. The Laramie, Wyo. native ran a personal best time of1:53.27 seconds in the event. Two other Cowboys turned in all-conferenceperformances on Friday as senior Dan Williams and sophomore Zack Scheaferfinished second and third in the weight throw.

Other Cowboy notables on the final day of the meet were freshman RobertHarris who took fourth in the 400 meter dash (49.36), sophomore BradVodicka finishing fifth in the shot put (55' 5 1/2"), senior Dan Williamswho took sixth in the shot put (55' 5 1/2"), senior John Griffith whoclaimed the seventh place spot in the shot put (53' 11 3/4") and freshmanBlake Jackson who finished seventh in the triple jump (45' 2 1/2")

"The guys had a great meet," added Yentes. "A lot of men finished the dayby setting new personal records and that is great to see. Both teams did agreat job today and we are all very proud of them. If we can keep improving,good things are going to happen for us during the outdoor season.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will next compete in their first outdoor meet ofthe 2003 season when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M. on March 22 for theNew Mexico Invite.