March 6, 2004
Laramie, Wyo. - Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson and theCowgirl 4x400 meter relay team shattered Wyoming records Saturday atthe Iowa State Last Chance meet in Ames, Iowa.
Johnson took first place in his heat of the men's 800 meter dashwith a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:48.30. His time also sets anew UW school record in the event and is the fastest time in MountainWest Conference history.
The Cowgirl relay team of Jessica Fox, Amanda Hopper, Kima Wells andShauna Smith raced to a first place finish with an unbelievable timeof 3:31.87 to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. Theirtime also shatters the team's previous school record of 3:41.25which they set this January. The time currently ranks as the fourthfastest in the nation and it also is the best time in the history ofthe MWC.
"Jeremiah ran a great race in a very slow heat," said UW headtrack and field coach Don Yentes. "He really stepped it up andposted a great time. He is just a sophomore and on his way to theNCAA's."
"What our relay team did today was unreal. They shattered ourschool and conference record. I don't think we will ever have agroup of girls like this again. All of them are Wyoming natives andthey have told me that they think they can even be faster. That reallygoes to show you their work ethic and how much desire they have forthis. It really is something else."
The 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships are slated forMarch 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.