UW Track and Field Teams Take Third Place at CU Twilight Invite

May 2, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

A small contingent of University of Wyomingtrack and field athletes competed at the Colorado University TwilightInvitational Thursday in Boulder, Colo. The UW men captured third place with87 points, while the women earned third place as well with 147 points.

Junior Andrea Batt improved her season marks in the shot put and discusthrow. Batt's mark of 48' 3.25" in the shot put and 158' 2" in the discusqualifies her for the NCAA Regional meet in both events. Kaylyn Doyle tooksecond place in the shot put with a season best mark of 46' 10", thedistance also qualifies her for the NCAA Regional.

Freshman Ingvild Carstens took first place in the 100 meter dash with apersonal best time of 12.64. Carstens also finished second in the 400 meterhurdles with a season best time of 1:03.36. Sophomore Ashley Mecham's 3000meter time of 10:41.47 was good for a second place finish. The Cowgirls hadgreat third place performances by Cheryl Collen in the 200 meter dash(26.34), Erin Knecht in the 400 meter dash (58.79), Jennifer Vessa in the1500 meter run (4:54.28), Lisa Throener in the high jump (5' 1.75"), AmberPerryman in the long jump (16' 6") and Courtney Schlegel in the triple jump(36' 5").

Freshman Blake Jackson jumped to a first place finish in the triple jumpfor the Cowboys. Jackson's mark of 48' .75" is a personal record for theCheyenne, Wyo. native. In the shot put UW took a 2nd-3rd-4th place sweep.Brad Vodicka took second for the Pokes with a mark of 52' 11". JohnGriffith followed in third place with his put of 52' 10", and Tyg Long tookfourth with his distance of 51' 11.25". Griffith also placed third in thehammer throw with an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 185' 6".

Freshman Robert Harris raced to a second place finish in the 200 meter dashwith a time of 22.20. Sophomore Eric Suter threw a distance of 152' 3" inthe javelin to earn a third place finish. In the 800 meter run sophomoreJeremy Thompson finished fourth with a season best time of 1:55.53, andfreshman Tom Hall recorded a season best mark in the high jump clearing aheight of 6' 4".

"Overall it was a good day for us," said UW assistant track and field coachPaul Barrett. "The kids are putting up some great marks and times. We are inthe final stretch of the season and it is good to see our athletes peakingat the right time."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will spilt up their squads this weekend to competeat two different meets. One group will travel to Columbus, Ohio for theJesse Owens Classic, and the other squad will compete at the UNC CowtownClassic in Greeley, Colo.