UW Track Teams Fight Through Tough Weather at Rob Upton Invite

March 29, 2003

Ft. Collins, Colo. - The University of Wyoming men's andwomen's track teams battled through a cold, windy day in Fort Collins, Colo.Saturday at the Rob Upton Invite. The meet was the first meet of the 2003outdoor season for both squads and featured other track and field teams fromAdams State, Colorado State, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado CollegeNorthern Colorado and Western State.

Three Cowboys took home first place honors. Senior Mervin Swaby won thelong jump with a leap of 23' 2", he also finished second in the triple jumpwith a mark of 43' 6.5". Freshman Blake Jackson surprised many by takingfirst place in the triple jump recording a mark of 46' 4", and sophomoreBrad Vodicka grabbed first place in the shot put with his toss of 55' 3".Other Cowboys that turned in solid performances were senior Cody Millemonwho's time of 49.64 seconds in the 400 meter dash earned him second place,senior Quincy Howe took third in the triple jump leaping 42' 10.75" andsenior Dan Williams took third in the discuss with his mark of 160' 5".

Sophomore Jessica Fox was the lone Cowgirl to claim first place honors.Fox's 11.61 seconds in the 100 meter dash took the top spot. Senior AdelaideHarper finished behind Fox in second place with a time of 11.91 seconds.Sophomore Shauna Smith and senior Kelly-Ann Charles finished second andthird, respectively, in the 100 meter hurdles with times of 14.09 and 14.62seconds. Senior Kim Demers and freshman Ingvild Carstens were another pairof Cowgirls to finish second and third in the same event. The two hurdlersfinished the 400 meter hurdles with times of 65.40 and 65.53, respectively.Junior Kima Wells claimed third place in the 400 meter dash for the Cowgirlswith a time of 58.27 seconds. In the 800 meters sophomore Tanice Barnettfinished in second place with a time of 2:19.90 seconds.

In the field events the Cowgirls were led by sophomore Courtney Schlegel asshe finished in second place in both the long jump and triple jump withmarks of 16' 8.5" in the long jump and 36' 9.5" in the triple jump. JuniorAndrea Batt's mark of 140' 11" took second place in the discus. In the shotput freshman Kaylyn Doyle took third place with a mark of 44' 9.75", andsophomore Melissa Vallejos notched a third place finish in the hammer throwwith a mark of 172' 11".

"It was a cold and windy day," said UW head track and field coach DonYentes. "It seemed to be more like a practice today, and since we haven'tbeen able to get much practice in up in Laramie I guess that is a goodthing. We had some throwers regionally qualify and Jessica Fox had a goodtime in the 100 meter dash, so overall it was a good practice."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will next compete at the Cougar Invite in Provo,Utah on April 4th.MK