Wyoming Track And Field Teams Begin Outdoor Season At Rob Upton Open

March 18, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track andfield teams began their outdoor season today at the Rob Upton Open inFt. Collins, Colo. The meet was hosted by Colorado State University.

Wyoming junior Jason Gervais had a big day for the Cowboys with twofirst-place finishes. Gervais won the shot put (60' 11 1/4") and thediscus (197' 1"). Gervais also placed third in the hammer with a throwof 207' 3". His discus throw is an automatic qualifier for the NCAAOutdoor Championships and is a school record. In the discus, Gervaisdefeated Casey Malone of CSU, who is a former NCAA champion in theevent. His hammer and shot put marks are provisional qualifiers.

Greg Schabron, from Laramie, Wyo., won both the 800-meter and1500-meter run. Schabron redshirted indoors, but will be a major weaponfor Wyoming in the outdoor season. Joe Hall won the 5000-meter run witha time of 15:37.29.

Seth Billy won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 53.54,defeating teammate Carlington Duncan by a little over a second. CodyMillemon won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.65.

The Cowboys were also strong in the jumps, sweeping the long jump andtriple jump. Sophomore Mervin Swaby won the long jump with a leap of23' 7 1/4" and fellow sophomore Quincy Howe won the triple jump with amark of 50' 6".

On the women's side, Wyoming was led by the throwers. Freshman MandyKinney won the shot put with a throw of 49' 5 3/4". That throw is aprovisional qualifying distance. Kinney also had personal best marks inthe discus (159' 4") and hammer (161' 0").

Senior All-American Robin Lyons was the top collegiate placer in thehammer throw with a mark of 193' 1", which is a provisional mark.

Jorah Roylance led the Cowgirls in the javelin, winning the event andbreaking the school record with a throw of 137' 6". Roylance wasfollowed by Marie Le Jour, who had a throw of 132' 7".

Tomeca Brown won the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.47,beating out Kandi Brown of CSU. Adelaide Harper won the 200-meter dash,clocking in at 24.57. In the long jump, Davina Strauss won the eventwith a leap of 17' 2". That mark was over a foot better than thesecond-place finisher.

"We won all of the throwing events and had some real solid openingmarks," said Wyoming head coach Larry Judge. "The conditions weren'toptimal, with some snow and cold conditions. We had a good team effortthough.

"We are into some real heavy training right now," said Judge. "Withour heavy training and the adverse conditions, we still had some reallygood marks and times, which shows that there are some great things aheadfor us. This was a good tune-up for us and we have a scored meetagainst CSU and Northern Colorado next week."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will be back in action next Saturday inGreeley, Colo., at the Northern Colorado Triangular.