Shauna Smith Highlights UW At Day Two Of Drake Relays

April 24, 2004

Des Moines, Iowa -- For the second consecutive day, amember of the Cowgirl track and field program set a new UW record atthe 2004 Drake Relays, Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. Senior Shauna Smithposted a new top time in the 400 meter hurdles on Saturday, and alsohelped the Cowgirl 4x400 meter relay team to a first place finish.

Smith, a native of Sheridan, Wyo., took first place in the SpecialDivision of the women's 400 meter hurdles with a career best time of56.80 seconds. The time breaks her previous UW school record in theevent, 57.24 seconds, which she set earlier this year. The time isalso the second fastest time in Mountain West Conference history.

Cowgirl senior Kima Wells, a Alpine, Wyo. native, finished first inher heat of the prelim's of the women's 100 meter dash on Fridaywith a new UW school record time of 11.70 seconds. Saturday, Wellsplaced fourth in the finals of the race, finishing with a time of11.75 seconds.

Junior Jessica Fox, a native of Burns, Wyo., placed second in theSpecial Division of the women's 400 meter dash. Her time of 53.09seconds was runner-up to Shellene Williams of Iowa, who turned in atime of 52.95 seconds.

Wells, Smith, Fox and Casper, Wyo., native Amanda Hopper raced to afirst place finish in the finals of the women's 4x400 meter relay.Their time of 3:39.11 was well ahead of second place of EasternMichigan's time of 3:46.17. The squad qualified for the finals ofthe race Friday when they set a new UW record in the event, clockingin at a 3:33.01. The time is also a new MWC record.

"All four girls ran very well," said UW head track and fieldcoach Don Yentes. "They battled through a cold, rainy day and put upsome great performances. This is our program's first ever win at theDrake Relays, that shows how well these girls and our program isdoing."

Now in its tenth decade, the 2003 Drake Relays had its 38th straightsellout this weekend in the 18,000 seat Drake Stadium-the longeststreak in U.S Track History.