UW Tracksters Complete Successful Meet At UNC Cowtown Classic In Greeley

April 22, 2000


University of Wyoming graduateassistant coach Kevin Mannon broke his own stadium record in the hammerthrow to highlight UW's participation in the Cowtown Classic, hosted by theUniversity of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., on Saturday. Mannon,competing unattached, threw the hammer 234' 7" to break the stadium recordhe held at UNC of 226' 4".

Also in the men's hammer, current Cowboy sophomore Justin Cavineeplaced third with a throw of 185' 8", and current Cowboy John Griffithfinished fifth in the field of 13 throwers with a toss of 158' 8".

In the women's hammer throw, current Cowgirl assistant coach DawnEllerbe, who is the American recordholder at 230' 2", won the hammer eventat UNC with a throw of 219' 4". Ellerbe competed as a member of the NewYork Athletic Club. Former Cowgirl and current Wyoming graduate assistantcoach Jesseca Cross finished second with a throw of 200' 1". Cross also isa member of the NY Athletic Club squad. Also competing in the women'shammer, were UW freshmen Sarah Blanton and Kim Knight. Blanton finishedfifth with a toss of 156' 1". Knight placed seventh, throwing a distance of151' 11".

Ellerbe also won the women's discus with a 186' 9" mark, breakingthe stadium record of 185' 6" previously set by Shelley Boorman of ColoradoState. Cross finished fourth in the discus (165' 2").

Cross captured the women's shot put title with a put of 56' 5.25".UW freshman Blanton took fifth in the shot put, recording a put of 41'6.25".
Other individual champions for the Cowboys and Cowgirls included:
*Sophomore Davina Strauss, who won the women's long jumpwith a leap of 18' 3.75" -- a season best for Strauss,
*And Cowboy junior Shane Rasby, who ran to victory in themen's 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 53 seconds flat.
Recording second-place finishes at the Cowtown Classic were:
*UW junior Jorah Roylance in the women's javelin. Roylancethrew the javelin 141' 7",
*Kelly Ann Charles in the women's 100-meter high hurdleswith a personal best of 14.21 seconds,
*And the Wyoming women's 4 x 100 meter relay team, whichfinished second with a time of 48.80 seconds.
Other highlights for the Wyoming men's and women's teams included:
*Lisa Throener, placing third in the women's high jump witha leap of 5' 3.25", beating her season best by two full inches,
*Cowboy Karal Davis, finishing third in the men's 200-meterdash at 21.87 seconds,
*Rashida Green captured third in the 100-meter high hurdles,running a season best for her of 14.82 seconds,
*And Jason Pendleton placing fifth in the men's 800-meterrun, also recording a season best time of 1:57.30.

"We had some outstanding individual performances this weekend," saidUW head track and field coach Larry Judge. "It was a good tuneup for one ofthe top national meets of the year, the Drake Relays, coming up nextweekend."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls are scheduled to return to Greeley for adual with Northern Colorado on April 25. UW will then participate at theDrake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 28-29.