Wyoming Track & Field Falls Short to Mississippi State

March 13, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams both came up short in dual meets with Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss.

The men's final team score was 75-57 in favor of the Bulldogs while the Cowgirls lost to MSU 79-48. It was the first action of the outdoor season for the Wyoming team.

Wyoming was once again led by its throwers. For the Cowboys, senior Kevin Mannon won the shot put, discus and hammer. Mannon broke the school record in the hammer and automatically qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Nationals with a mark of 223' 11".

The Pokes swept the throwing events, going 1-2-3 in all three events. Jason Hammond and Justin Cavinee both performed well for Wyoming, helping score team points behind Mannon.

On the women's side, Robin Lyons won the hammer and discus, while Tamara Hawkins won the shot put title. The Cowgirls went 1-2-3 in the hammer and discus, while going 1-3 in the shot put.

Tomeca Brown also had a big day for the women. Brown won the 100-meter high hurdles (14.91) and triple jump (38' 3 1/2"). This was the first competition for Brown, who became eligible for the outdoor season. Bobbie Schreiner also won an event for Wyoming, as she ran the 400 in 57.53 to win.

For the Cowboys, other individual champions included Joe Hall in the 3000-meter run (8:52.91) and Jason Medaris in the 100-meter high hurdles (14.72).

"Kevin was the athlete of the meet for us," said Larry Judge, UW head track and field coach. "Along with Kevin automatically qualifying, Jason Hammond provisionally qualified in the hammer. We had a good performance by our throwers as we swept all of the events. Joe Hall also competed well for us on the men's side.

"Robin Lyons set the school record in the hammer (192' 2") and won the discus. Hawkins was also a very good competitor for us today. Tomeca Brown and Darby Goodspeed also were strong in their events.

"We competed in sloppy, wet conditions. Some of our athletes competed well and others let the conditions affect them. I was disappointed in the team scores, but we had some outstanding individual efforts."

The next action for the track and field team is March 20 at the Northern Colorado Quadrangular in Greeley, Colo.

The UW track and field team had a big day in the first part of a dual meet with Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss.

UW assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe set a new American Record in the hammer when she marked 223' 4". That throw broke the previous record by more than three feet. The previous record was held by Amy Palmer of Brigham Young.

Senior Kevin Mannon provisionally qualified in the hammer with a throw of 213' 10". Mannon was followed by Jason Hammond, who threw 196' 3". The only other Wyoming competitor on the mens side, Justin Cavinee, placed fourth with a mark of 152' 5".

Graduate assistant Jesseca Cross recorded a personal record with an effort of 190' 11". She was followed by current Cowgirl Robin Lyons, who provisionally qualified as well by throwing 188' 6". Lyons was trailed by Tamara Hawkins (176' 8"), Julie Thomas (168' 11"), Dana Dillon (168' 6") and Marie LeJour (160' 7"). Hawkins, Thomas, Dillon and LeJour all had personal bests today.

Both Ellerbe and Cross were competing unattached in the invitational throwing competition.

"Kevin opened up 10 feet ahead of where he did last year," said Larry Judge, UW head track and field coach. "Hammond has progressed very well, I was pleased with his performance.

"Robin was excellent, I'm happy with her performance," said Judge. "This was a good opener for Hawkins. And Dawn was just awesome. Her throw was a 13 foot personal best for her. It was a great way for her to start the season."