Sophomore Thrower Andrea Batt Paces Wyoming Tracksters at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational

April 20, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Cowgirl sophomore Andrea Batt had asolid day of competition Friday at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational inClaremont, Calif., finishing among the top-five in her two events.Batt, from Huson, Mont., finished third in the discus with a throw of167-1 and placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 49-10, whichmoved her into third all-time in the Wyoming record books.

Another Cowgirl school record fell when junior Stephanie Hanks set anew standard in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:24.01,breaking her old school record of 11:33.70. Hanks placed eighth in theevent. Junior Kelly Ann Charles placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdleswith a time of 13.97, senior Kim Demers placed fifth in the 400-meterintermediate hurdles in a time of 1:01.20, sophomore Stephanie Andersontied for sixth in the pole vault clearing a height of 10-11 3/4 andsenior Julie Thomas placed ninth in the hammer with a mark of 183-5 toround out the top-ten finishes for the Cowgirls.

The Cowboys were led by the performance of junior Craig Suter (RockSprings, Wyo.) who placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 55-61/4. Junior Dan Williams was the only other Cowboy to place in the topten, finishing 10th in the shot put with an all-time personal best markof 51-2 3/4. Williams also finished 14th in the discus with a toss of158-7.

"This was a very good meet for everyone of our athletes," said UW headcoach Don Yentes. "We had some kids really step it up and we'restarting to see some of our younger kids start picking it up a bitmore."

Wyoming will next compete at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut,Calif., Saturday and Sunday. Most of UW's top track and field athleteswill compete at Mt. Sac including triple jumper Quincy Howe, long jumperMervin Swaby, sprinter Jessica Fox and hurdler Shauna Smith.

Complete Wyoming Results from the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational:

WOMEN MEN

800-meter Dash 400-Meter Dash Jennifer Vessa 60th 2:22.57 Bret Zowada 43rd 52.491500-Meter Run 110-Meter Hurdles Jenniver Vessa 19th 4:44.80 Brandon Inman 27th 15.43100-Meter Hurdles Bret Zowada 35th 16.62 Kelly Ann Charles 4th 13.97 Long Jump Enioma Haynes 11th 14.51 Brandon Inman 19th 20-10 1/2400-Meter Hurdles Shot Put Kim Demers 5th 1:01.20 Craig Suter 4th 55-6 1/43000-Meter Steeplechase Dan Williams 10th 51-2 3/4 Stephanie Hanks 8th 11:24.01 Brad Vodika 16th 47-9 1/44x100-Meter Relay Discus Wyoming 9th 47.29 Dan Williams 14th 158-7Pole Vault Craig Suter 21st 155-00 Stephanie Anderson T6th 10-11 3/4Shot Put Hammer Andrea Batt 4th 49-10 Dan Williams 18th 168-11Discus Javelin Andrea Batt 3rd 167-1 Bret Zowada 25th 133-9Hammer Julie Thomas 9th 183-5 Melissa Vallejos 42nd 150-6 Heather Carpenter 44th 149-9