Both UW Track And Field Teams Finish In Top 25 At NCAA Championships

March 11, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming women's andmen's track athletes finished up today at the NCAA Indoor Track andField Championships. The women finished in 23th place, while the menplaced 24th. "Both teams finished up in the top 25, we've never donethat before," said head coach Larry Judge. "We're really excited and we feel likeour program is headed in the right direction, we can feel real proud ofwhat we've accomplished in a short time."

On the women's side, the top finisher in the women's shot put wasfreshman Naomi Elliot in 14th and sophomore Marie LeJour in 15th place.Elliot threw for 49'05, while LeJour had a 44'10 throw. "Both Marie andNaomi are young in their first nationals," says Judge. "Naomi was rightat her season average and they both finished about right at where theywere seated. We wanted them to get some more experience and we feellike we accomplished that and hopefully they will feel better in theoutdoors."

In the men's 35 lb. weight throw competition, Wyoming had two men competing,junior Jason Gervais and junior Jason Hammond. Both finished in the top15 with Gervais finishing third and Hammond finishing 14th. Both werenamed All-Americans with Gervais throwing for 71'09 and Hammond throwingfor 62'06. "We were really happy with Jason and Jason's performances,"says Judge. "Both were named All-Americans and we're real pleased."