Wyoming Track and Field Team Gives Solid Effort at Tom Benich Classic

April 7, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

One school record fell and one moreathlete provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships Saturdayhighlighting a solid outing for the Wyoming track and field team at theTom Benich Classic in Greeley, Colo.

Freshman Stephanie Anderson, from Cheyenne, Wyo., broke the Wyomingschool record and set a new personal record in the women's outdoor polevault after clearing a height of 11-6 1/2, which placed her second inthe event.

Cowboy senior Derek Woodske had a personal record in the men's hammerwith a toss of 204-7, placing him second behind teammate Jason Hammond.Woodske's mark provisionally qualified him for the 2001 NCAA OutdoorTrack and Field Championships. Woodske is the third Wyoming athlete toprovisionally qualify for nationals this season joining Hammond (hammer)and senior Joe Hall (10,000-meter run).

"The team is coming along and doing a great job. I was very pleasedwith our effort today considering we were just coming out of a bigtraining cycle." said Wyoming head coach Don Yentes. "The big breakthrough today was Stephanie Anderson having a great day in the polevault and breaking the school record."

Wyoming athletes won six events with senior Hammond leading the chargewith victories in the shot put (54-9 1/4) and the hammer (217-6), andplaced second in the discus (165-2). Sophomore Kima Wells won thewomen's 100-meter dash in a time of 11.92, senior Davina Strauss won thewomen's long jump with a leap of 18-1, junior Julie Thomas won thewomen's hammer with a mark of 176-7 and freshman Andrea Batt won thejavelin with a throw of 143-10 to go along with a second-place finish inthe discus (150-7).

The Cowboys' only men's sprinter Karal Davis had a strong day placingfourth in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 400-meter dash. HurdlersSeth Billy and Shane Rasby also performed well for the Pokes placingthird and fourth respectively in the 400-intermediate hurdles.Sophomore Dan Williams also placed in the top five for the Cowboys,placing fifth in the hammer and fifth in the discus.

The Cowgirls had a number of top five performances as well at the TomBenich Classic. UW Sophomore Kelly Ann Charles placed third in the100-meter hurdles, sophomore Melissa Laycock finished third in the 400hurdles, senior Kim Demers placed fifth in the 400 hurdles, freshmanDakota Smith placed third in the high jump and freshman Jody Sanbornfinished fourth in the pole vault.

"The kids are doing a very good job performing, it's just taking alittle bit of time making the transition from the indoor season tooutdoors," Yentes said. "I think in the next three or four weeks weshould be able to get some more times to drop down."

Wyoming will travel back to Greeley this weekend to compete in theCowtown Classic.

Wyoming Individual Resultsfrom the Tom Benich Classic:

Men's Results

200-Meter Dash4. Karal Davis 21.83

400-Meter Dash5. Karal Davis 48.78

800-Meter Run16. Kevin Salverson 2:00.1320. Cody Brown 2:00.97

400-Meter Intermediate Hurdles3. Seth Billy 52.414. Shane Rasby 53.6116. Jay Olson 59.10

3000-Meter Steeplechase5. Jason Delaney 10:32.22

4x400-Meter Relay4. Wyoming 3:20.71

Shot Put1. Jason Hammond 54-9 1/4

Hammer1. Jason Hammond 217-6@2. Derek Woodske 204-7*@5. Dan Williams 179-0

Pole Vault7. Darren Niedermeyer 14-1 3/4

Discus2. Jason Hammond 165-25. Dan Williams 155-11

Cowboys Competing Unattached:100-Meter Dash3. Carlington Duncan 10.644. Mervin Swaby 10.65

Shot Put8. Will Moman 46-3 1/4

Long Jump1. Mervin Swaby 25-1

Triple Jump1. Quincy Howe 53-0

Women's Results

100-Meter Dash1. Kima Wells 11.926. Misha Piper 12.427. Kelly Ann Charles 12.4716. Gelsey Polson 13.21

800-Meter Run7. LeeAnn Forbes 2:23.059. Jennifer Mansell 2:24.62

1500-Meter Run13. Leslie Jackson 5:05.2716. Stephanie Hanks 5:15.14

100-Meter High Hurdles3. Kelly Ann Charles 14.327. Kim Demers 15.04

400-Meter Intermediate Hurdles3. Kim Demers 1:01.92*5. Melissa Laycock 1:06.46*7. Liz Mickelson 1:08.99*

4x100-Meter Relay3. Wyoming "A" 47.378. Wyoming "B" 54.14

4x400-Meter Relay2. Wyoming 4:01.78

High Jump3. Dakota Smith 5-3 1/48. Chan Johnson 5-1 1/411. Lisa Throener 5-1 1/4

Pole Vault2. Stephanie Anderson 11-6 1/2*#4. Jody Sanborn 10-2 3/4*8. Cyrena Undem 9-3

Long Jump1. Davina Strauss 18-113. Amber Perryman 15-2 1/4

Hammer1. Julie Thomas 176-77. Andrea Batt 146-5

Discus2. Andrea Batt 150-77. Julie Thomas 139-8

Javelin1. Andrea Batt 143-10

Cowgirls Competing Unattached:200-Meter Dash1. Adelaide Harper 24.56

* New Personal Record# New School Record@ NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark