Wyoming Track and Field Competes at Tom Benich Classic

April 3, 2004

GREELEY, Colo. -

The University of Wyoming track andfield teams completed their second weekend of the 2004 outdoor seasonSaturday at the Tom Benich Classic in Greeley, Colo. The meet washosted by Northern Colorado and featured track and field programs from Air Force, Chadron State College, Colorado, Colorado College,Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming.

Eight Cowgirls notched first place performances on Saturday for UW.Junior Shauna Smith took the top spot in two events. She set a new UWschool record in the 200 meter dash with her time of 23.53, while alsoplacing first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.99.

Jessica Fox was the first to cross the finish line in the women's400 meter dash. She finished a full three seconds in front of thefield with a performance of 53.00. Fox also placed second in the 200meter dash with a time of 24.07.

Wyoming's Tanice Barnett was the top finisher in the 800 meter run.She finished with a time of 2:17.84 to claim first place. MaggieDiller finished in sixth with a personal best time of 2:25.20.

UW swept the top three spots in the women's 3,000 meter run.Jennifer Thompson lead the field with her time of 10:12.83 to dominatethe race. Michelle Kvermo and Natalie Kean placed second and thirdwith times of 10:36.92 and 10:37.70, respectively.

Laramie, Wyo., native Ainsley Thaikill earned a first place finish inthe women's 400 meter hurdles. Thaikill finished a full second infront of her competitors with a time of 1:03.16.

Two Cowgirls took home first place honors in their respective fieldevents. Senior Andrea Batt finished with the best distance in thewomen's hammer throw, 176' 5 1/2", and she also placed second inthe shot put with a distance of 48' 9 1/2".

Aniis Hopkins' mark of 17' 8 3/4" was good for a first placefinish in the women's long jump. Hopkins also finished eighth in the400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:11.81.

Sophomore Jeremiah Johnson was one of two Cowboys to garner a firstplace finish on Saturday. Johnson took the top spot in the 1,500 meterrun with a personal best time of 3:3.30, a full two seconds in frontof the second place finisher Moses Tum of Colorado, 3:55.45.

The other first place finisher for the Pokes was freshman DevaleJohnson, who finished in first place in the men's triple jump. Hismark of 43' 9 3/4" took the top spot.

UW's Dominic Baysinger and Matt Hudson finished second and third,respectively, in the 800 meter run. Baysinger's time of 1:56.22 is apersonal best mark for the freshman. Hudson's finish, 1:56.49, isthe second best time of his career, 1:56.49.

In the men's hammer throw, UW's Zack Schaefer finished in secondplace with the fourth best throw in school history. His mark of 207'9" is the best throw of his career and currently ranks as the bestdistance in the Mountain West Conference.

Other Cowboy notables were Blake Jackson finishing in third place inthe long jump with a mark of 23' and Brad Vodicka placing third inthe shot put with a distance of 50' 10 1/4".

"I thought we had some nice performances," said UW head track andfield coach Don Yentes. "The competition was really spread out, soit was hard to get a good look at everyone today, but I liked what Isaw for the most part. We did suffer a couple of minor injuries today,but that is expected."

"Overall, it was a nice, solid meet for our teams, and we made somegreat improvements from last week."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will be back in action next week when theytravel to Ogden, Utah to compete at the Weber State Open on April10th.