Three UW Track and Field Athletes Earn All-American Honors

March 8, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming junior Robin Lyons (Panoka, Alberta) earned All-America honors on Friday, March 5, at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Lyons placed sixth in the women's 20-pound weight throw with a distance of 63' 7" (19.40 meters).

Wyoming had four individuals qualify to compete in the women's 20-pound weight throw, dominating the field which had a total of only 17 qualifiers from across the nation. Lyons entered the competition ranked No. 1 this season, but she suffered a sprained ankle in training on Tuesday of this week, which hampered her perforrmance.

Dana Dillon (Lovell, Wyo.) entered the NCAA Championships ranked No. 11, and she finished 11th. Julie Thomas (Douglasville, Ga.) entered this week as the No. 15 qualifier -- she didnt qualify for the finals. Tamara Hawkins (Sheridan, Wyo.) qualified 16th -- she also didnt make the finals.

Toyinda Smith of Purdue won the event with a throw of 68' 9" (20.95 meters). Wyoming assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe owns the NCAA record at 71' 8.75" (21.86 meters). Ellerbe set the record while competing for the University of South Carolina.

"I'm real proud of Robin and her accomplishment," said University of Wyoming head track and field coach Larry Judge. " This is a relatively new event for Robin. She's only been competing in this particular event for about six months. She had to overcome a little bit of adversity, as she sprained her ankle on Tuesday. She's been in pain the last three to four days. I was pleased with the way she pushed through the pain and made it into the finals.

"Overall, I think we accomplished a lot this indoor season. We've made a great deal of improvement throughout the season, and I'm pleased that we were able to qualify four individuals in this event. Our girls were just a little inexperienced. None of our four girls had ever competed at the NCAAs before. To come away with one of our girls earning All-America honors is an exciting accomplishment."

The NCAA Indoor Championships continued on Saturday, March 6 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind. Hawkins is Wyomings lone two-event qualifier. She also qualified to compete in the shot put as the No. 17 qualifier. The Wyoming men's squad will have three individuals competing in Saturdays 35-pound weight competiton.

Below are the final results from the womens 20-pound weight competition, as well as Wyoming's scheduled competitors in Saturdays events.

Final NCAA Indoor Womens 20-Pound Weight Throw1.Toyinda SmithPurdue68' 9" (20.95m)2.Florence EzehSMU68' 5" (20.87m)3.Seilala SuaUCLA67' 4" (20.52m)4.Renetta SeilerKansas State67' 2" (20.48m)5.Jenny FolzIndiana State64' 10" (19.77m)6.Robin LyonsWyoming        63' 7" (19.40 m)7.Michelle Fournier South Carolina 62' 8" (19.12m)Anna WhithamKansas State62' 8" (19.12m)9.Carrie MyersIndiana State60' 11" (18.58m)10.Amy HoganPurdue60' 1" (18.32m)11.Joyce OwesFlorida59' 11" (18.28m)12.Dana DillonWyoming        59' 4" (18.09m)

Other Cowgirls and Their DistancesTamara HawkinsWyoming 54' 5" (16.59m)Julie ThomasWyoming 54' 4" (16.57m)

On Saturday, March 6, University of Wyoming senior Kevin Mannon captured second place in the 35-pound weight throw at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, earning All-America honors and leading Wyoming to a No. 21 finish at the the 1999 Championships. Mannon and teammate Jason Gervais both earned All-America honors in the 35-pound weight throw. On the womens side, Robin Lyons of Wyoming earned All-America honors on Friday in the womens 20-pound weight throw in which she finished sixth.

Mannon threw 72' 2.25", only 1' 0.25" behind Libor Charfreitag of SMU who threw 72' 3.50". Mannon had defeated Charfreitag two weeks earlier at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. Also in the men's 35-pound weight throw, UW sophomore Jason Gervais placed eighth with a throw of 69' 4.25". Mannons eight team points combined with Gervaiss one team point, placed Wyoming in a tie for 21st in the nation in the final mens team standings. Wyoming tied with Arizona, Baylor and Iowa State for 21st place.

"The men's weight throw was a very hard fought competition," said UW head track and field coach Larry Judge. "It was the greatest weight throw competition in NCAA history as six individuals threw over 70 feet. Kevin (Mannon) entered the finals in sixth place and fought back to finish second. He had an outstanding performance. He and Charfreitag have had some great battles. Kevin won in the WAC Championships, but Charfreitag was the defending NCAA Champion from a year ago, and he edged Kevin out today by a little over an inch.

"Kevin's throw today would have won the competition in any other year. Jason Gervais also had an excellent championship. Jason's throw of 69' 4.25" was the best of the season for him by more than a foot. Derek Woodske threw 66' 0.25", which was a good throw for Derek, but he was unable to make the finals.

"At the start of this season we set a goal to be a Top 25 team, and we're real proud of achieving that goal. I'm pleased that we were able to accomplish a Top 25 finish in my second year at Wyoming."

Also on Saturday, Wyomings Tamara Hawkins competed in the womens shot put. Hawkins threw 47' 10", but failed to make the finals. The Wyoming womens team finished 47th at the NCAA Indoors.

The NCAA Indoor Championships were contested on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind.

Below are the final results from the men's 35-pound weight competition, as well as a break down of some of the 1999 men's team scores for WAC and regional teams.

Final NCAA Indoor Mens Team Scores1.Arkansas656.SMU2421.Wyoming 9Arizona 9Iowa State 9Baylor 925.Colorado State 830.TCU 6BYU 639.Fresno State 4.547.Colorado 2

1999 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Men's 35-Pound Weight Throw American: 25.86m (84'10.25") Lance Deal 03/04/95 Collegiate Best: 23.94m (78'06.50") Tore Johnsen (UTEP) 02/22/75 NCAA MEET: 23.30m (76'05.50") Robert Weir (SMU) 03/11/83 Finals Results - Saturday 03/06/99 PLACE/ATHLETE NAME YR SCHOOL MARK PTS

1 Libor Charfreitag SO Southern Methodist 22.03m 72'03.50 10 2 Kevin Mannon SR Wyoming 22.00m 72'02.25 8 3 Tom Barrett JR Illinois State 21.89m 71'10.00 6 4 Andras Haklits FR Northeast Louisiana 21.84m 71'08.00 5 5 Scott Russell SO Kansas 21.66m 71'00.75 4 6 Adam Connolly SR Stanford 21.46m 70'05.00 3 7 Xavier Tison JR Southern Methodist 21.28m 69'09.75 2 8 Jason Gervais SO Wyoming 21.14m 69'04.25 1 9 Joe Erdkamp SR Nebraska 20.99m 68'10.50 10 Ryan Harrison SR South Carolina 20.73m 68'00.25 11 Derek Woodske SO Wyoming 20.12m 66'00.25 12 Bert Sorin SR South Carolina 20.08m 65'10.50 13 James Parker SO Utah State 19.89m 65'03.25 14 Derrick Jones SR Alabama 19.43m 63'09.00 15 Joseph Lawrence JR Florida State 18.50m 60'08.50 16 Jamie Beyer JR Iowa State 18.46m 60'06.75

University of Wyoming Qualifiers for the 1999 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

NCAA Rank EnteringUW Mens QualifiersClHomeNCAA Indoor Eventthe Indoor ChampionshipsKevin MannonSr.West Jefferson, Ohio35-pound weight throwNo. 1Derek WoodskeSo.British Columbia, Can.35-pound weight throwNo. 2Jason GervaisSo.Timmons, Ontario35-pound weight throwNo. 10

UW Womens QualifiersRobin LyonsJr.Panoka, Alberta20-pound weight throwNo.1Dana DillonJr.Lovell, Wyo.20-pound weight throwNo. 11Julie ThomasFr.Douglasville, Ga.20-pound weight throwNo. 15Tamara HawkinsSo.Sheridan, Wyo.20-pound weight throwNo. 16Shot putNo. 17