Wyoming Athletes Win Six Events at the UNC-Tom Benich Classic

April 6, 2002


The University of Wyoming track andfield team had a successful day Saturday at the University of NorthernColorado-Tom Benich Classic in Greeley, Colo., winning six events andearning one NCAA provisional qualifier. The Cowgirls won threeindividual events and one relay while the Cowboys took one event.

Cowgirl senior Julie Thomas placed first in the hammer with a toss of187-7, which provisionally qualified her for the 2002 NCAA Track andField Championships. Freshman Jessica Fox placed first in the 400-meterdash with her best time of the season, 54.84, the second-fastest time inschool history. Sophomore Chan Johnson moved into third-place all-timein the UW record books in the high jump clearing a height of 5-7 1/4.Senior Enioma Haynes tied for first in the triple jump with a mark of39-9 1/2. Haynes also placed third in the 100-meter low hurdles with atime of 15.03. Wyoming's women's 4x100-meter relay team of sophomoreGelsey Polson, senior Kim Demers, freshman Shauna Smith and Fox placedfirst with a time of 46.69.

UW sophomore Darren Niedermeyer was the lone Cowboy to place first bywinning the pole vault with a mark of 15-11 1/2. Niedermeyer's mark wasnot only a personal best but it also places him fourth all-time in theWyoming record books.

Wyoming received a number of other outstanding performances Saturdayled by sophomore Andrea Batt who placed second in both the shot put(50-8) and discus (156-6) and fourth in the hammer with a personal bestmark of 171-1. Cowgirl sophomore Stephanie Anderson placed third in thepole vault clearing a height of 11-00 3/4, her best mark of the outdoorseason. Junior Crystal Smith took second in the hammer with a personalbest mark of 181-1 and Demers placed third in the 400-meter intermediatehurdles with a time of 1:03.07.

The UW men had some solid outings as well with junior Dan Williamsplacing third in the hammer (183-9), freshman Eron Samuels placingfourth in the 100-meter dash (11.16), junior Carlon Harrison placingfourth in the 800-meter run (1:52.48), senior Cody Millemon finishingfourth in the 400-meter dash (48.77) and junior Craig Suter placingfourth in the shot put with a personal best mark of 53-7.

The Cowboy and Cowgirl track and field teams will travel to ColoradoSprings, Colo., April 13 for their next meet when they compete in theAir Force Invitational.