UW Track and Field Competes at Cowboy Qualifier and USATF Nationals

March 1, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

This past Friday night, February 26, the University of Wyoming served as host to the Cowboy Qualifier. It was a last chance meet that gave individuals an opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Nationals. Jason Gervais automatically qualified in the 35-pound weight throw with an effort of 68' 5 3/4". That was also a personal record for Gervais. With his throw, that gives Wyoming three automatic qualifiers in the 35-pound weight. Kevin Mannon, Derek Woodske and Gervais will all compete this weekend at Indoor Nationals. Wyoming's Mervin Swaby missed provisionally qualifying in the long jump by just one centimeter. Swaby had a jump of 24' 9", to just miss out.

UW also had several coaches and athletes in Atlanta, Georgia, competing at the USATF Nationals. Wyoming assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe won her fourth consecutive national title in the women's 20-pound weight throw on Saturday, February 27. She won the event with a throw of 74' 8 1/4" to break her own meet record by more than four feet. Also competing in the women's weight throw were graduate assistant Jesseca Cross and current Cowgirls Dana Dillon, Tamara Hawkins, Julie Thomas and Naomi Elliott. On the men's side, senior Kevin Mannon was the top college placer in the men's 35-pound weight throw. He had a throw of 71' 11' to place fourth overall. In the women's shot put, Cross took sixth, Ellerbe eighth and Hawkins ninth.