April 29, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming All-American Robin Lyons wonthe women's discus title at the Drake Relays Saturday, also breaking theUW school record in the event. Lyons also broke the school record inthe hammer, finishing second overall.
With a throw of 179' 5" in the discus, Lyons broke her own schoolrecord and won the event by almost eight feet at the Drake Relays heldin Des Moines, Iowa. The throw is a provisional qualifying mark for theNCAA Outdoor Championships. In the hammer, Lyons finished a closesecond behind Melissa Price of Nebraska. Lyons' distance of 206' 4"breaks her own school record of 206' 0", and also betters her automaticqualifying mark. Lyons was leading the event with one throw remaining,but Price came up with her big throw to win the event.
Also in the hammer, Lovell, Wyo., native Dana Dillon had a season-bestthrow with a mark of 192' 5", moving her up on the NCAA provisionallist. Julie Thomas placed 11th with a throw of 181' 0". Wyoming hadtwo individuals in the shot put, where freshman Mandy Kinney placedninth (46' 9") and Marie Le Jour was 13th (44' 6").
The Cowboys were led by junior Jason Hammond, who placed sixth in theshot put with a throw of 58' 3". Hammond also competed in the hammer,and finished 10 with a distance of 181' 5". Sophomore Quincy Howeplaced fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 51' 9 1/4". Howe wasless than one foot out of first place. The men's 4 X 100-meter relayteam of Max Charlemagne, Carlington Duncan, Mervin Swaby and Karal Davisfinished fourth with a time of 41.23.
"I was real pleased with Robin's outstanding double," said head coachLarry Judge. "It was an excellent all-around day for Robin. There wassome top-notch competition with some of the best throwers in the nationhere.
"It was nice for our kids to be able to come here and compete in frontof 18,000 fans," said Judge. "The excitement of the environment wasgreat to compete in. It lets our kids perform in a different atmospherethan they are used to. This was a very good trip for us. The number ofkids we brought here shows our depth and quality have improved. Weshowed well as a program."
The next action for the Cowboys and Cowgirl is May 5-6 at the LoboInvitational in Albuquerque, N.M.