UW Track & Field Competes at Purdue Invitational

April 10, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track and field teams traveled to Purdue University to compete in the Purdue Invitational today in West Lafayette, Ind.

Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls placed fourth in the four-team competition, which also included Purdue, Notre Dame and Central Michigan. On the mens side, Central Michigan won the team title with 206 team points. Central Michigan was followed by Purdue (186), Notre Dame (173) and the Cowboys (98). Purdue took home the team title for the women. The Boilermakers were trailed by Notre Dame (168.5), Central Michigan (165.5) and Wyoming (108).

Wyoming was hampered by a number of injuries to some of its top athletes. Gregg Sawyer, Justin Smith, Jason Hammond and Mervin Swaby were all held out due to injury. All had been instrumental to the early success of the Cowboy squad.

Senior Kevin Mannon once again led the Cowboys by winning both the discus (177' 9") and the hammer (216' 4"). Mannon's discus mark was a season best for him. Mannon took second in the shot put with a throw of 58' 4 1/2", narrowly falling to Chris Spurrier of Purdue (58' 8").

In the 110-meter high hurdles, Jason Medearis took second and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 13.94. Medearis also was second in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (52.34) behind teammate Carlington Duncan (52.33). Freshman Quincy Howe took second in the long jump with a mark of 48' 7 1/4".

The Cowgirls were led by Robin Lyons, who won the shot put (47' 3") and discus (165' 5"). Lyons won the two events after finishing seventh in hammer, where she owns the top mark in the country.

Perhaps the top individual effort on the day was put in by Dana Dillon. Dillon recorded a personal best in the hammer with a mark of 182' 4" to place third and provisionally qualify. Also performing well for the Cowgirls in the throws were Tamara Hawkins and Julie Thomas.

"There were some bright spots for us," said Larry Judge, UW head track and field coach. "With so many key injuries, it was hard for us to have any type of depth. That makes it really difficult in a meet like this one. It's hard when you are shorthanded, you need all of your big guns.

"I believe that if we would have been at full strength on the men's side, we could have given the leaders a run for their money. But it provided us with some good experience. It showed us some different competition, and that's good. Now we can just go back and prepare for next week at the Mt. Sac Relays."

The next action for Wyoming is next week at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. Action will take place on Apirl 16-17 and will be invitational in format.