Jeremiah Johnson Races to First Place at Jesse Owens Invite

May 2, 2003

Columbus, Ohio. (May 2, 2003)-- Several University of Wyoming track andfield athletes competed on the first day of action at the Jesse OwensClassic Friday on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Themeet is named after the legendary Olympic and Ohio State athlete, andfeatures top collegiate track and field teams from across the country.

Freshman Jeremiah Johnson stole the show by taking first place in the 800meter run. The Laramie, Wyo. native crossed the finish line in 1:52.58,surpassing his competition by over half -second. Senior Quincy Howe leapedhis way to a second place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 50' 4.5".In the 5,000 meter run freshman Brian Knight posted a Cowboy season best andpersonal best time of 14:32.82 to finish fifth. Freshman Michael Huntingtonalso ran a personal best time in the event, 15:18.91, finishing 23rd. OtherCowboy's that ran in the meet were freshman Matt Hudson who finished ninthin the 1500 meter run with a time 4:02.39 and senior Mervin Swaby who ran aCowboy season best time of 10.68 in the 100 meter dash to place eighth.

Wyoming's Jennifer Thompson and Natalie Kean were the only Cowgirls tocompete on Friday. The two sophomore's both set personal records in the5,000 meter run. Thompson ran a time of 17:42.86, which is a Cowgirl seasonbest time in the event. Kean finished 12th with a time of 18:11.90.

"We traveled 15 hours to get here and our kids ran today as if they hadbeen here for a week," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "Ourdistance runners did an outstanding job. Tomorrow some of our athletes willbe competing in the Invitational division of the meet, which is the highestdivision. Our kids have to step it up because they will be seeing some veryfast athletes tomorrow."

UW concludes its competition at the Jesse Owens Classic tomorrow, whileanother group of Cowboy and Cowgirl track and field athletes will becompeting at the UNC Cowtown Classic in Greeley, Colo.