Track & Field Teams Take Third Place at Washington State Triangular

May 1, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track and field teams each placed third at the Washington State Triangular, held in Pullman, Wash. Also competing in the meet were Purdue and Washington State.

On the men's side, Washington State was the team champion with 169 points, Purdue followed with 128 and the Cowboys finished with 93.

Joe Hall, Jason Medearis and Kevin Mannon all won events for the Pokes. Hall, a junior from Buffalo, Wyo., won the 5000-meter run with a time of 14:47.70. That time is the best of the season for any Cowboy in the event.

Medearis won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. He clocked in with a time of 52.25, ahead of Eric Dudley of WSU. Medearis, a senior, also took second in the 110-meter high hurdles, finishing in a time of 14.28.

Mannon continued to be a major force for Wyoming by winning the hammer and taking second in both the shot put and discus. Mannon marked 209' 2" in the hammer, giving the Pokes seven team points. Mannon narrowly missed winning the shot put (59' 1 1/2") and discus (176' 5"). He was only six inches behind the champion in the shot put and nine inches in the discus. In total, Mannon scored 17 of Wyomings 93 points.

Washington State also won the women's competition, scoring 175 points. Purdue was second with 137 and Wyoming finished with 78.

Leading the way for the Cowgirls was junior thrower Robin Lyons. Lyons shattered the school record in the discus with a mark of 177' 4". That mark broke her own school record of 169' 6" by almost eight feet. Lyons also won the shot put (46' 2 1/2") and hammer (189' 5"). She wound up contributing 19 team points.

Also helping in the throws was sophomore Tamara Hawkins, who placed second in the shot put (45' 9") and third in the hammer (172' 7").

Tomeca Brown also had an outstanding performance for the Cowgirls. Brown broke the school record in the triple jump with a mark of 41' 2 1/4". That distance was good for second-place in the event. The previous school record of 40' 2 3/4" had been in the books since 1989. Brown also had a season-best mark in the long jump by leaping 18' 7 1/4", taking fourth overall.

"We had some great individual efforts," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head track and field coach. "That was our goal for this competition, we just didnt have the numbers here to win the event. But we got what we wanted.

"Robin was definitely the athlete of the meet for us. She had an outstanding triple performance and solidified her national standing in the discus. Tomeca Brown also broke a school record for us. She also just missed out on provisionally qualifying in the long jump.

"Kevin Mannon also had a good triple for us, with his strong finishes in the throws. I was very impressed with our hurdlers, they did a very nice job.

"We accomplished some of our goals here. It was a cold, windy day, so to have the performances we did, our athletes were very focused. Washington State is a top ten program, and Purdue is one of the best in the Big 10, so we had some very formidable competition. We are still a little thin in some areas, but our big guns came through for us."

Also, on Thursday and Friday, Wyoming had two competitors compete at the Jack Christiansen Decathlon, held in Ft. Collins, Colo. The meet, which was originally scheduled for April 23-24, gave senior Gregg Sawyer an opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Given the opportunity, Sawyer did just that. He scored 7250 total points, surpassing the 7100 necessary to provisionally qualify. Saywer also took first overall in the meet, which had a field of six men and two women.

Shelly Wedemeyer took second on the womens side, with 4034 points. Wedemeyer entered the second day in the lead, but fell to Lindsey Malmgren of Colorado State (4182).

The next action for the Wyoming track and field team will be May 7 at the Falcon Twilight Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.