April 18, 2004
Walnut, Calif. (April 18, 2004)-- University of Wyoming track andfield athletes completed their second day of competition Saturday atthe 2004 Mount San Antonio College Relays. The Mount SAC Relays is oneof the best track and field meets of the outdoor season and featurestop collegiate programs from the Big 12, Big Sky, Mountain West,Southeast, Pac-10 and West Coast conferences.
Senior Andrea Batt, from Six Mile, Mont., highlighted the Cowgirls onSaturday. Batt placed second out of 22 competitors in the women'sdiscus throw. Her distance of 160' 4" is an NCAA Regionalqualifying mark and is her best distance of the season.
Kima Wells, a senior from Alpine, Wyo., won her heat of the women's400 meter dash. Wells crossed the finish line in 54.81 seconds, aseason's best time, and claimed fifth place overall in the timedsection final.
Junior Zack Schaefer, a native of Battle Ground, Wash., was theCowboy top placer on Saturday. Schaefer's distance of 204' 5" inthe men's hammer throw was good enough for sixth place out of 19competitors.
Cowboy Matt Hudson, sophomore from Signal Mountain, Tenn., recorded anew career best time in the 1,500 meter run. Hudson finished 80th outof 130 runners with a time of 3:53.24.
Late on Friday, three Cowgirls, all natives of Cheyenne, Wyo., ranto personal best times in the women's 5,000 meter race. SophomoreJennifer Thompson finished with the third best time in Cowgirlhistory, 16:59.77, to place 27th. Junior Natalie Kean and sophomoreEmerald Reid finished 40th and 41st, respectively, with times of17:19.88 and 17:20.15.
"Those three girls (Thompson, Kean and Reid) raced their heartsout," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "Theycompeted against a stacked field of All-Americans and other greatathletes. They stepped up."
"Saturday was up and down," added Yentes. "We are makingprogress, but Sunday will be a big challenge for some of our kids andwe will see where we are as a team."
The Mount SAC Relays continues on Sunday, for complete results, go towww.sportsinfo.mtsac.edu.