Shauna Smith Shines At Jesse Owens Invite

May 4, 2003

Columbus, Ohio. - Members of the University of Wyoming trackand field teams concluded competition at the Jesse Owens Classic Saturday inColumbus, Ohio. Athletes had to battle the conditions as rain hammered theColumbus area for the majority of the meet.

Sophomore Shauna Smith highlighted UW by breaking her own Cowgirl record inthe 400 meter hurdles. The Sheridan, Wyo. native crossed the finish line in58.46 to take first place in the event. Her time is the fourth fastest markin MWC history. She also was a member of the Cowgirl 4x100 meter relay teamthat finished in second place with a time of 46.50.

Other solid performances were turned in by sophomore Tanice Barnett who rana personal best time of 4:33.55 seconds in the 1500 meter run and seniorAdelaide Harper who took seventh in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.56.

Senior Mervin Swaby turned heads Saturday by placing second in the longjump with a leap of 24' 5.5" for the Cowboys. Senior Cody Millemon finishedninth in the Invitational division of the 400 meter dash with his time of48.49.

"We did some great things today. The conditions were horrible today but ourkids really sucked it up and got after it," said UW head track and fieldcoach Don Yentes. "They fought hard and I am really proud of them. Hopefullywe can see some good weather so the kids can let it loose."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls now look to prepare for the 2003 Mountain WestConference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 14-17 in Albuquerque,N.M.