Wyoming Track Teams Face Tough Competition in Nebraska

May 4, 2002


Cowboy juniors Seth Billy and QuincyHowe gave their best performances of the season Saturday to pace theUniversity of Wyoming track and field teams efforts at the NebraskaQuadrangular/Triangular track meet. Billy ran an all-time personal besttime of 50.96 in the 400-meter hurdles, making him the sixth Wyomingathlete to provisionally qualify for the 2002 NCAA Championships. Howebroke his own school and conference record in the triple jump with aleap of 53-00, breaking his old record of 52-9 1/4 he set in 2000.Howe went on to win the triple jump while Billy placed second in the400-meter hurdles.

The meet, which was held at the Ed Weir Track in Lincoln, Neb., matchedWyoming's men and women against some of the top teams in the nation.The Wyoming men competed against fourth-ranked Nebraska and Kansas Statewhile the Cowgirls faced 13th-ranked Nebraska, sixth-ranked Oregon andfifth-ranked Kansas State. Both Wyoming teams finished last in theirrespective team competitions.

"We gave some real solid performances today against very toughcompetition," said Wyoming head coach Don Yentes. "The team looked tobe more focused today and I was pleased with how they all came here andperformed."

Wyoming's women had many strong performances highlighted by juniorStephanie Hanks' school record breaking time in the 3000-metersteeplechase of 11:20.67, breaking the mark she previously set of11:24.01. Kim Demers picked up Wyoming's only other winning performanceby placing first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.93.Freshman Jessica Fox took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of54.07, junior Adelaide Harper was second in the 200-meter dash with aseason best time of 24.25 and third in the 100-meter dash (12.07),junior Kelly Ann Charles placed third in the 100-meter hurdles (14.07),senior Julie Thomas placed third in the hammer with a toss of 179-7 andsophomore Andrea Batt finished third in the shot put with a lifetimebest throw of 51-9, to round out the Cowgirls' top performers.

The Cowboys received solid outings from junior Cody Millemon, whoplaced second in the 400-meter dash (49.08), junior Dan Williams, whoplaced second in the hammer with a career best toss of 180-6, sophomoreDarren Niedermeyer, who placed second in the pole vault with a lifetimebest mark of 16-00 3/4, junior Craig Suter, who finished third in theshot put (54-4 1/2) and junior Mervin Swaby, who placed third in thetriple jump (48-1 3/4) and fourth in the long jump (23-3 1/2).Niedermeyer's mark in the pole vault moves him into third all-time inWyoming's record books.

"We're trying to get to that point in our program where we can raise itup to another level and compete with some of the better teams in thenation. At times it's painful to achieve that goal but I feel the kidsare getting closer." Yentes said.

Wyoming will have two weeks to prepare for the Mountain West ConferenceTrack and Field Championships which are being held at the Air ForceAcademy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 15-18. The Cowboys will betrying to improve on their fifth place finish from last season while theCowgirls will try to better their fourth place showing from a year ago.