April 19, 2004
WALNUT, Calif. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl 4x100 meter relay team took home first place honors Sunday at the 2004 Mount San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif. The relay team of junior Shauna Smith, senior Kima Wells, sophomore Amanda Hopper, and junior Jessica Fox crossed the finish line in 45.12 seconds to set a new UW record in the event. They edged out the relay team from California who finished in 45.47 seconds.
"This marks the first time our program has ever won a relay event at this meet," said head track and field coach Don Yentes. "Our girls really surprised a lot of people today and proved that they are among the best in the nation."
After suffering a strained muscle in the 4x100 meter relay, Smith managed to muster up enough strength to compete in the women's 400 meter hurdles. She turned in a solid performance of 57.78 seconds to take fourth place. Sophomore Ainsley Thraikill, a native of Laramie, Wyo., also competed in the race, finishing 30th with a time of 1:02.34.
Wells, from Alpine, Wyo., also performed well in the women's 100 meter dash. She placed sixth overall with a lifetime best performance of 11.79 seconds, the second fastest time in Cowgirl history.
In the women's 200 meter dash, Hopper, a Capser, Wyo. native, finished seventh in her heat with a time of 24.55 seconds. She finished 25th overall, and the time was a personal best performance for the freshman.
Fox, who competed in the invitational division of the women's 400 meter dash, raced to a third place finish with a season's best time of 52.65 seconds. She was defeated by Monique Henderson of UCLA(51.49) and Kia Davis of Elite Athletes International (52.65).
Cowboy Jeremiah Johnson battled back from a disappointing finish in the university division of the 800 meter run on Saturday to post his second best time of the season in the Olympic Development division on Sunday. Johnson, a Laramie, Wyo., native finished tenth against a tough field of competitors with a time of 1:50.21.
"We had some good and some bad," said Wyoming's head track and field coach Don Yentes. "We are concerned about the injury Shauna(Smith) suffered, but we will just have to wait and see. Overall, our kids battled against some very good competition, which is only going to make us better."
Wyoming's track and field teams will be back in action next weekend as they plan to spilt their squads to compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa and at the Jack Christensen Invite in Fort Collins, Colo.