UW Track and Field Teams Turn In Solid Performances at Wildcat Invite

April 12, 2003

Ogden, Utah - The University of Wyoming men's and women'strack and field teams competed at the Wildcat Invite on the campus of WeberState University on Saturday. The Cowboys and Cowgirls did not send theirfull squads, but the athletes that did participate performed very well.

Seniors Mervin Swaby and Quincy Howe highlighted the Cowboys as they tookfirst place in their events. Swaby grabbed the top spot in the long jumpwith a leap of 24' 4", he also took third place in the 100 meter dash with atime of 10.68 seconds. Howe won the triple jump crown with a mark of 51' 1".

Senior thrower John Griffith also performed well. Griffith took third placein the hammer throw, with a toss of 179' 11", and the shot put, with a markof 51' 9". Other Cowboys that put up good marks were freshman JeremiahJohnson who earned second place in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.50seconds, freshman Robert Harris who took fourth place in the 400 meter dashwith a time of 49.49 seconds and the Cowboy 4x400 relay team that finishedwith a time of 3:18.30 seconds for third place.

Sophomore Shauna Smith qualifed for the NCAA Regional meet with her firstplace finish time of 13.81 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles for theCowgirls. Smith also qualified for the NCAA's in the 400 meter hurdles withher time of 1:00.89 seconds. Fellow sophomore Jessica Fox took first placein the 200 meter dash for the UW women with a time of 23.62 seconds. AnotherCowgirls that performed well was senior Adelaide Harper who took third placein the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.95 seconds. Both of the Cowgirlrelay teams turned heads on Saturday. The 4x100 relay team raced to firstplace with a time of 46.39 seconds, third fastest in UW history, while the4x400 relay team took second place with a time of 3:57.24 seconds.

"We had a very nice meet," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes."The wind made it tough for some of our athletes, but we still competed verywell. It was good to see our kids perform well against this competition thislate in the season."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will send both full squads next weekend to theMount Sac Relays April 17-19 in Walnut, Calif.