Wyoming Team Has Strong Showing at Air Force Quadrangular

April 13, 2002


The University of Wyoming track andfield team was well represented on the winners podium Saturday at theAir Force Quadrangular, combining to win 16 of the 36 events contested.Wyoming also had two multi-winners, one school record broken and fiveperformances in the UW top-five all-time records list on a verysuccessful day of competition in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Competing against Air Force, Colorado and Northern Colorado, theWyoming women placed second with 172.50 points and the UW men placedthird overall with 128 points. Colorado won the women's team race with200 points and host Air Force won the men's team standings with 215.50points.

"We had a very good meet," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "It'sobvious that we have some very strong individuals and some others whoare trying to get up to that level."

The Wyoming women had an outstanding day led by the performance ofCowgirl freshman Jessica Fox, who broke the school record in the400-meter dash. Fox, from Burns, Wyo., blazed to a personal best timeof 53.31, winning the 400 by nearly four seconds. She shattered theprevious UW school record of 54.64 set by Kima Wells in 2001. Fox wasalso a member of the Cowgirls' winning 4x100-meter relay team (Kelly AnnCharles, Kim Demers, Shauna Smith) who ran to the second-best time inschool history (46.10).

Sophomore Andrea Batt (Huson, Mont.) continued her success this seasonin the throw events, winning both the shot put with a personal bestmark of 50- 3/4 and the discus with a toss of 160-9. Batt's throw inthe shot put moved her to third all-time in the Wyoming record books.She also placed third in the hammer.

Other Cowgirls who turned in winning performances were freshman ShaunaSmith, who placed first in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.26) and third inthe 100-meter hurdles (14.20), senior Enioma Haynes in the triple jump(37-9 1/2), senior Julie Thomas in the hammer throw (177-10), sophomoreChan Johnson in the high jump (tied for first, 5-5) and the 4x400-meterrelay team (3:50.63). Cowgirl junior Kelly Ann Charles moved into thetop five all-time in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of14.11, placing second in the event.

UW's men won seven of 18 events contested, led by the performances ofjunior Mervin Swaby (Kingston, Jamaica) who placed first in the longjump with a mark of 24-9 1/4 and second in the 100-meter dash with atime of 10.80. Junior Seth Billy recorded his personal best time in the400-meter intermediate hurdles of 51.04 on way to his first-placeshowing in that event. Junior Quincy Howe made it a sweep of the jumpevents by winning the triple jump with a leap of 52-5 1/4. Senior CopyMillemon picked up Wyoming's only victory in the sprint events bywinning the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.84. In the throwing eventsjunior Dan Williams took the discus with a winning mark of 152-00 andjunior John Griffith won the hammer throw in his first competition ofthe outdoor season with a mark of 180-8. UW's 4x100-meter relay teamplaced first with a time of 41.07, placing it fifth all-time in schoolhistory.

The Cowboys also placed five athletes in the top eight of the shot put,led by junior Craig Suter who placed second with a toss of 50-1 3/4.The Poke throw crew also took three of the top four places in thediscus.

"The team looked a little tired and a little sluggish today and Ithink that's because we had a hard training week last week. However, wecame down here and really performed well, things are slowly comingaround for us." Yentes said.

Wyoming will next compete at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut,Calif., April 19-21.