Wyoming Track Team Has Solid Outing at Jack Christiansen Invitational

April 27, 2002


Yet another Wyoming Cowgirl trackand field record was set Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Invitationalin Fort Collins, Colo., as junior Adelaide Harper tied the all-timeschool record in the 100-meter dash blazing her way to a winning time of11.80 seconds. With her tie breaking performance, Harper became thefourth Cowgirl to either break or tie a school record this outdoorseason. Harper, from Kingston, Jamaica, swept the short sprint eventson the women's side by also winning the 200-meter dash with a seasonbest time of 24.29.

Cowgirl sophomore Andrea Batt had a huge day of her own by winningthree throwing events. Batt, from Huson, Mont., won the shot put with apersonal best mark of 50-9 1/2, the discus with a toss of 157-3 andjavelin with a NCAA Championships provisional distance of 152-5. Hertoss in the shot put was the second-best mark in school history.

Wyoming's women won three more events giving them a total of eightvictories out of the 19 competed. Freshman Jessica Fox won the400-meter dash (53.78), sophomore Chan Johnson took the high jump (5-8)and the Cowgirls took the 4x100-meter relay (46.32).

Junior Kelly Ann Charles ran a personal best time in the 100-meterhurdles, placing second with a time of 13.85, junior Kim Demers tooksecond in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.65), senior Enioma Haynes placedsecond in the triple jump (37-8) and third in the 100-meter hurdles(14.56), sophomore LeeAnn Forbes placed fifth in the 800-meter run(2:21.77), senior Julie Thomas finished second in the hammer (183-1),junior Crystal Smith took third in the hammer (177-11) and sophomoreAmber Perryman placed third in the long jump (17-00) to round out theCowgirls' top efforts.

The Wyoming men swept the long and triple jump events with juniorQuincy Howe winning the triple jump with a mark of 52-1 3/4 and juniorMervin Swaby taking the long jump with a leap of 24-3. Swaby alsoplaced second in the triple jump with a career best mark of 50-8, whichmoves him into second place all-time in UW's record books.

Wyoming's men would receive solid outings from junior Seth Billy, whoplaced second in the 400-meter hurdles (51.20), junior Dan Williams, whofinished third in the hammer (181-8), junior Craig Suter, who placedfourth in the shot put (52-6 3/4) and freshman Brandon Inman, who tookfifth in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.63).

"On the whole it was a pretty solid day for us," said UW head coachDon Yentes. "Just like ever meet we've had this season we had some verygood performances and we had some performances that just are missingthat one little element to put them over the top. We are getting somethings accomplished though and we're getting closer to getting everyoneon the same page."

The Cowboy and Cowgirl track and field teams will have one finaltune-up meet before the conference championships when they travel toLincoln, Neb., May 4, to compete in the Nebraska Triangular against BigTwelve Conference schools Nebraska and Kansas State.