Track at Northern Colorado Quadrangular

March 20, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men's track team was victorious at the Northern Colorado Quadrangular, held in Greeley, Colo. The women's team finished second in the four-team event.

The Cowboys had 202.5 team points, and were followed closely by Colorado State, who had 200 points. Northern Colorado (165.50) and Western State College (56) rounded out the standings.

The Cowgirls were second with 189 team points. They trailed Colorado State, who won the meet with 220 points. Both Northern Colorado (171) and Western State College (0) finished behind Wyoming.

The Wyoming men's team was led by senior Kevin Mannon, who won the hammer (215' 9") and the discus (174' 0"). Mannon also took second in the shot put, behind teammate Jason Hammond, who won the event with a mark of 59' 1 1/2". Hammond also took second in the hammer and third in the discus.

The Pokes swept the jumping events, going 1-2 in both the long jump and triple jump. Mervin Swaby won the long jump and took second in the triple jump. Fellow Cowboy Justin Smith was second in the long jump, and reshman Quincy Howe won the triple jump with a mark of 47' 8" to give Wyoming a pair of sweeps.

Gregg Sawyer also had a big day for Wyoming, showing his talent and versatility by winning both the javelin (166' 7") and the pole vault (15' 1/4"). Senior Jason Medearis won the 110-meter high hurdles and Shane Rasby won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.

On the women's side, Robin Lyons automatically qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships by winning the hammer with a throw of 196' 7". The mark breaks Lyons' own school record, which she set last week at the Mississippi State Invitational. Lyons also took second in the shot put (45' 0").

Tamara Hawkins also performed well for Wyoming, as she won the shot put with a throw of 46' 9" and took second in the hammer behind teammate Lyons. Tomeca Brown also continues to make her mark in the program by winning two events. Brown won the long jump (17' 11") and the triple jump (38' 5 3/4").

In the running events, Bobbie Schreiner won the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.72. In the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, Darby Goodspeed won the event with a time of 1:02.46.

"It was a great team effort by our men," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head track and field coach. "We were led by Kevin Mannon, who maintains his national lead in the hammer throw. Jason Hammond provisionally qualified in the shot put and won the event.

"The throwers and jumpers really got us off to a fast start. We built up a big early lead and that really helped the men's team get on its way. This was probably the best team performance we have had since I've been at Wyoming, lots of really good things happened.

"Our women were very much improved over last year. Robin Lyons automatically qualified in the hammer and Tamara Hawkins provisionally qualified in the shot put. We competed really well and were successful in the throws and jumps.

"We have really improved since last year, as we are vastly ahead of where we were at this stage last year."

The next action for the Wyoming track and field team is March 26-27 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, held in Tempe, Ariz.