March 10, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming had fourindividuals earn All-American honors today at the NCAA Indoor TrackChampionships in Fayetteville, AR. There were three women who qualifiedin the 20 lb. weight throw and one on the men's side who qualified inthe shot put.
The three women were Robin Lyons, who finished third with a 67'11.5throw, Julie Thomas, who finished seventh with a 61'10.5 throw and DanaDillion, who finished ninth with a 61,02.0 throw.
"With three girls in the finals we were well represented and wereexcited about their performance," said coach Judge. "Each threw rightaround their average for the season and I just told them that basicallyit's just a matter of getting to the nationals and then just do what youdid to get there."
The Wyoming women are now in third place overall and will have two moreathletes competing tomorrow in the shot put.
On the men's side of the competition, junior Jason Gervais was the onlyathlete to finish in the top ten and receive All-American honors,however Jason Hammond, a junior from Fresno, CA, finished in sixteenthwith a throw of 59'00.2. Gervais finished ninth with a 60'10.0 throwand will be looking to better his standing in the 35 lb weight throwtomorrow.
"It was both Jason's first NCAA action in this event and so it's just amatter of getting a little more experience," says Judge. "Next time Ithink they will be more comfortable.
"Overall, though I was pretty pleased with our first day, picking upfour All-Americans. Obviously, our women are well on their way, gettinginto the scoring and hopefully tomorrow the two on the men's side willget the men's team into the scoring."