Track & Field Competes at Mt. Sac Relays and Cowtown Classic

April 19, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track and field team sent a number of athletes to the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays, held in Walnut, Calif., this past weekend.

Leading the way for Wyoming was senior Kevin Mannon, who provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put (60' 8") and the discus (182' 4"). Mannon has already automatically qualified in the hammer, and he won the event at the Mt. Sac Relays.

In the women's discus event, Wyoming assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe won the event with a throw of 177' 3". Ellerbe was followed up by graduate assistant Jesseca Cross (2nd, 175' 4") and current Cowgirls Robin Lyons (fourth, 168' 8") and Mary LeJour (seventh, 160' 3"). With those marks, both Lyons and LeJour provisionally qualified in the event.

Cross recorded a personal best mark in the shot put with an effort of 58' 6" to take third. In the womens hammer throw, Ellerbe was third at 209' 9". Lyons, Cross, Dana Dillon and Tamara Hawkins also competed in the hammer, but didn't make the finals.

Three Wyoming athletes ran in the hurdle events. Senior Jason Medearis was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles (14.35), Carlington Duncan was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles (52.58) and Darby Goodspeed was seventh in the womens 400-meter hurdles (1:02.75).

"This is one of the biggest events of the year," said Larry Judge, UW head track and field coach. "It is an elite invitational, and we were well represented. Overall, we had a good weekend. The weather was outstanding, and it offered our athletes some great competition. The best competitors in the country were here.

"With Kevin (Mannon), he continues to improve and hopefully we can get him into the nationals in the shot put. Now we can go back and prepare for next week, when we compete in another elite meet at the Penn Relays."

Wyoming also took a small number of athletes to Greeley, Colo., to compete in the Cowtown Classic on Saturday, April 17. Gregg Sawyer won the pole vault and provisionally qualified by vaulting 16' 1". Saywer won the event by a foot over the rest of the field. Freshman Quincy Howe won the triple jump with a mark of 48' 5". Competing unattached, Jason Gervais won both the hammer and discus, as did Hope Harris on the women's side. Freshman Melanie Brunko took second in the triple jump (36' 9 1/2") and third in the long jump (17' 9 1/2"), while senior Renee Guy-Garth was second in the long jump (17' 10 1/2") and third in the triple jump (36' 5").

The next action for Wyoming is on April 23-24 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Penn. Also, Wyoming will be represented at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Ft. Collins, Colo., on April 24.