UW Track & Field Squads Open Outdoor Season At Modrall Sperling Lobo Open

March 23, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. - In her first ever outdoorcollegiate track meet, Wyoming freshman Shauna Smith set anew school mark with her first place, NCAA provisionalqualifying run of 59.16 in the 400-meter hurdles as theCowgirl and Cowboy track and field teams opened the outdoorseason Saturday at the Modrall Sperling Lobo Open inAlbuquerque, NM.

No team scores were kept, but UW head coach Don Yentes wasexcited with his squads' showing.

"We had a lot of big-time performances today," UW headcoach Don Yentes said. "It was a very good day for thefirst outdoor meet. You can tell we're still a littlerusty, but that's mainly because of the weather. We'restill missing some speed components and some formcomponents, but when we get some weather and we can getoutside in practice a little more, we're going to be ingreat shape."

Joining Smith as provisional NCAA qualifier was sophomoreAndrea Batt, winner of the shot put with a toss of 49-5 3/4.Batt also took home first place in the discus with a throwof 167-8, the second best mark in school history.

Cowgirl Crystal Smith won the hammer throw with a mark of179-3. Jessica Fox led an impressive Cowgirl performance inthe sprints with her first-place time of 54.89 in the 400meters, the second fastest time in school history.

Kelly Ann Charles had the top collegiate time with hersecond place run of 14.03 in the 100-meter hurdles. Smithwas close behind with a third place time of 14.03 whileEnioma Haynes placed fifth in 14.51. Also posting strongperformances for the Cowgirls were Adelaide Harper, whoplaced third in the 100-meter dash with a run of 12.19, ChanJohnson, who tied for third with a mark of 5-4 1/2 in thehigh jump, Kim Demers, who finished fourth in the 100-meterhurdles with a run of 1:03.27, Jody Sanborn, who cleared10-0 in the pole vault to finish fourth, Heather Carpenter,who placed fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 163-11,Stephanie Hanks, who ran to fifth place in the 5,000 metersin a time of 18:50.48 and Haynes, who leaped 36-5 3/4 to nabfifth in the triple jump.

"We had a lot of wins and a lot of real solidperformances," Yentes said. "There were a bunch of kidswho came out and had big-time days."

The Cowboys turned in plenty of big time performances aswell.

Senior Mervin Swaby missed provisional qualifying standardsby four centimeters with his first place leap of 24-11 3/4in the long jump, the third best mark in school history.Junior Seth Billy also nearly missed NCAA provisionalqualifying, falling four-hundreths of a second short withhis second place run of 51.24 in the 400-meter hurdles.

"They both had great days," Yentes said. "I'm veryhappy with how everybody performed for the first outdoormeet of the year."

Cody Millemon won the 400-meter dash in a time of 48.31.Collin Thomas finished second with a run of 21.59 in the 200meters and Craig Suter threw the shot put 50-7 1/4 to placesecond.

Also turning in quality performances for the Cowboys werefreshman Brian Sinner, who flew to third place in the triplejump with a mark of 44-8 3/4, Dan Williams, third in thehammer throw (175-3) and fifth in the discus (155-6), CarlonHarrison, who placed fourth with a time of 1:55.57 in the800, and Brad Vodicka, fifth in the shot with a toss of 48-91/2.

"I'm really pretty pleased," Yentes said. "We're alittle behind some of these schools because we haven't hadthe opportunities in practice. But when we get some weather,we'll get it cranked up and we'll catch up to theseschools."