Track & Field Well Represented at Penn Relays

April 24, 1999


The University of Wyoming was well represented both Friday and Saturday at the Penn Relays, held in Philadelphia, Penn. As one of the elite invitationals in the country, the Penn Relays attracts the best athletes the United States has to offer.

Junior Robin Lyons broke the school record in the discus on Friday with a mark of 169' 6". The previous record was held by former Cowgirl and current graduate assistant Jesseca Cross at 167' 8 1/2". Lyons took second overall in the "Championship" field. The throw also provisionally qualifies Lyons for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kevin Mannon maintained his status as one of the top male throwers in the nation with a third-place finish in the discus and a seventh-place finish in the shot put. In the discus, Mannon threw 176' 11" in a rainstorm. The senior from West Jefferson, Ohio marked 56' 8" in the shot put.

Also competing for Wyoming Friday was senior Jason Medearis, who placed eleventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.30. There were a total of three heats in the hurdle event with ten athletes in each heat. Medearis was in the first heat of the day.

Freshman Mervin Swaby was also scheduled to compete in the long jump, but results were not available.

"It was a rain-soaked day," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head track and field coach. "Robin Lyons probably had the best performance of the meet for us. She set her own personal record and broke the school record. Mannon had a good performance in the discus, he beat some guys who had thrown further than him this season. All of our athletes competed in very high-quality, highly-competitive fields. It offers some outstanding experience and Wyoming was well represented."

On Saturday, assistant coach Dawn Ellerbe set a new Penn Relays record in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 220-7. Ellerbe won the event over former South Carolina teammate Lisa Misipeka. It was the third-best mark of Ellerbe's throwing career. Graduate assistant Jesseca Cross placed sixth in the same event with a throw of 199-2.

Senior standout thrower Kevin Mannon placed third in the mens "championship" hammer throw. Mannon threw 215' 10" in a highly-competitive field.

Wyoming had two athletes in the men's triple jump. Freshmen Quincy Howe and Mervin Swaby placed ninth and tenth, respectively. Howe jumped 47' 8" and Swaby leaped 47' 7". There were 14 athletes in the triple jump competition.

Swaby also competed in the long jump, where he took seventh. Swaby marked 23' 4" in a field of 13 jumpers.

"This was a great experience for us," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head track and field coach. "This was our first trip here, and to compete in front of 43,000 people is incredible. It creates a really exciting experience for our athletes.

"I think that our team definitely made an impact on this meet. We gained a lot here and can bring what we gained to the table with us in the future. We had a very good overall effort, from everybody. I'm getting a really good feeling about our team, especially as we start to get healthy."

The next action for Wyoming is at the Washington State Quadrangular on May 1 in Pullman, Wash. Also competing in the meet will be Washington State and Purdue.