Track & Field Participates In Stanford Invitational And Upton Open

March 30, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming track andfield teams had split squads this weekend, as several athletesparticipated in the Stanford Invitational, Friday and Saturday, in PaloAlto, Calif. and the Upton Open, on Saturday, in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Freshman Shauna Smith continued to burn up the track and the recordbook, as she broke her own school mark in the 400-meter hurdles with anNCAA provisional qualifying run of 58.89 to win the event at theStanford Invitational. Cowgirl Kim Demers, in the same event, finishedeighth with a time of 1:01.79. Joining Smith and Demers with a goodshowing was sophomore Andrea Batt. She finished second in the discuswith a throw of 159' 3", sixth in the javelin with a throw of 149' 3'and eighth in the shot put with a mark of 48' 8".

Also posting good performances on the women's side were Kelly AnnCharles, Jessica Fox and the 4X100 meter relay team. Charles finishedfifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 13.87, Foxfinished fourth in the open 400-meter dash with a time of 55.07, alongwith the 4x100 meter relay team of Kelly Ann Charles, Adelaide Harper,Shauna Smith and Jessica Fox, who also placed fourth with a time of46.52.

On the men's side, senior Quincy Howe was the top Cowboy finisher. Howeplaced first in the triple jump with a mark of 51' 11 1/4". Junior SethBilly and senior Mervin Swaby were also bright spots on the day. Billyplaced second place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.74, onceagain falling just short of the NCAA provisional qualifying time, whileSwaby, with a mark of 24' 4 1/4" in the long jump, also earning a secondplace finish. In the discus throw, junior Dan Williams had a personalbest throw of 172' to place sixth in the event. Senior Chris Jons alsohad a nice showing in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:35.52bettering his time from a week ago.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls also had several participants at the UptonRelays, on Saturday, in Ft. Collins, Colo. Freshman Brian Sinner was thetop Cowboy finisher. Sinner finished second in the triple jump with amark of 42' 9 3/4". In the shot put, Brad Vodika also had a nice showingplacing fourth in the shot put with a mark of 49' 11", while Bret Zowadafinished fifth in the high jump with a mark of 6' 2".

Several Cowgirls had impressive showing during the meet. SophomoreAmber Perryman, with a jump in 16' 8", placed third in the triple jump,Chan Johnson cleared 5' 6" to place third in the high jump, along withStephanie Anderson, with a mark of 10'6 to place third, and JodySanborn, with a mark of 10' to finish fourth, in the pole vault.Sophomore Liz Mickleson also placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles witha time of 1:06.00. In the 800-meter run, three Cowgirls placed in thetop ten, which included Lee Ann Forbes, Melissa Laycock and JenniferMansell. Forbes finished sixth with a time of 2:22.31, Laycock finishedright behind her with a time of 22:22.84, while Mansell rounded out thetenth spot with a time of 2:24.77.

Both men's and women's track and field teams will be back in actionnext week at the Texas Relays, in Austin, and the UNC Invite, inGreeley, Colo.