Wyoming Track and Field Team Successful at Rob Upton Invitational

March 31, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track andfield team had a solid day of performances Saturday at the Rob UptonInvitational in Fort Collins, Colo. UW won six individual events and onerelay at the meet.

"We had some big improvements from some of our athletes," said Wyominghead track and field coach Don Yentes. "The team really performed welland stepped it up this week and we're really starting to get thingsgoing for us."

Cowboy senior Jason Hammond has an outstanding day winning the hammer(231-1) and the shot put (57-2 3/4). His mark in the hammerprovisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships. Sophomore SethBilly was the other men's individual winner, taking first in the 400hurdles with a time of 51.94. The Poke men also received strongperformances from senior Shane Rasby (fourth, 400 hurdles), junior KarlDavis (fourth, 400-meter dash) and senior Derek Woodske (second,hammer).

A young Cowgirl squad picked up three individual first-place finishersand also won the 4x100-meter relay. Sophomore Kima Wells, one of thetop short sprinters in the Mountain West Conference, ran the secondfastest 400-meter dash in Wyoming history (56.20) on her way tovictory. Sophomore Kelly Ann Charles won the 100-meter dash (14.76) andfreshman Andrea Batt was victorious in the javelin with a toss of137-11.

Junior Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey had a solid outing with a second-placefinish in the 200-meter dash and a third-place showing in the 100-meterdash. Senior Kim Demers placed third in the 400 hurdles, sophomoreJennifer Vessa finished fifth in the 1500-meter run with a personal besttime, junior Julie Thomas placed fourth in the hammer, freshman ChanJohnson placed tied for second in the high jump and freshman StephanieAnderson finished fourth in the pole vault.

The Wyoming track and field team will next travel to Greeley, Colo.,April 7, for the Tom Benich Classic.

Wyoming Individual Results fromthe Rob Upton Invitational:

Men's Results-

400-meter high hurdles1. Seth Billy 51.944. Shane Rasby 54.2615. Jay Olson 59.83

400-meter dash4. Karl Davis 49.40

800-meter run9. Kevin Salverson 1:57.92

1500-meter run8. Kyle Johnson 4:09.8613. Nick Schabron 4:21.4916. Cody Brown 4:24.62

3000-meter steeplechase8. Jason Delaney 10:14.79

5000-meter run7. Chris Jons 16:04.37

4x400-meter relay2. Wyoming 3:17.81

hammer1. Jason Hammond 221-12. Derek Woodsle 195-47. Dan Williams 166-3

discus6. Dan Williams 150-4

shot put1. Jason Hammond 57-2 3/4

Women's Results-

100-meter high hurdles1. Kelly Ann Charles 14.76

400-meter hurdles3. Kim Demers 63.457. Melissa Laycock 68.1212. Liz Mickelson 70.02

100-meter dash3. Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey 11.928. Kelly Ann Charles 12.229. Davina Strauss 12.4112. Gelsey Polson 12.73

200-meter dash2. Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey 25.41

400-meter dash1. Kima Wells 56.20

800-meter run6. LeeAnn Forbes 2:24.539. Jennifer Mansell 2:25.23

1500-meter run5. Jennifer Vessa 4:52.02

5000-meter run5. Stephanie Hanks 19:15.326. Leslie Jackson 19:41.79

4x100-meter relay1. Wyoming 46.93

4x400-meter relay4. Wyoming 4:07.56

hammer4. Julie Thomas 164-98. Andrea Batt 151-08

discus6. Julie Thomas 130-11

shot put13. Andrea Batt 39-8 3/4

javelin1. Andrea Batt 137-11

high jump2. Chan Johnson 5-56. Lisa Throener 5-37. Dakota Smith 4-11

pole vault4. Stephanie Anderson 10-26. Jody Sanborn 9-89. Cyrena Undem 9-2 1/2