Wyoming Tracksters Look Strong At Don Kirby Invitational

May 7, 2000


The University of Wyoming track andfield team received some solid performances over the weekend at the DonKirby Invitational, held in Albuquerque, N.M.

Junior thrower Jason Gervais was outstanding for the Cowboys, winningboth the discus and hammer on Saturday. Gervais had a season-best markof 217-3 in the hammer, winning the event by five feet. In the discus,Gervais marked 203-6, setting a UNM Track and Field Stadium record. OnFriday, Gervais also won the shot put competition.

Quincy Howe won his second event of the meet when he won the triplejump. With a jump of 50-7 1/2, Howe finished ahead of teammate MervinSwaby who marked 48-10. Swaby was the winner of the long jump with aleap of 23-11.

Wyoming went 1-2 in the 400-meter hurdles, with Seth Billy placingfirst (51.99) and Shane Rasby finishing second (52.86). The Cowboysalso swept the relay events, winning the 4 X 100-meter relay with a timeof 40.98 and the 4 X 400-meter relay by clocking in at 3:16.66.

The most outstanding performance for the Cowgirls came from RobinLyons, who broke her own school record in the hammer. Lyons had a throwof 211-5, which is over five feet further than her previous schoolrecord of 206-4. Lyons was also the top collegiate placer in the discuswith a throw of 167-6.

In the 200-meter dash, Adelaide Harper placed second with a solid timeof 23.98. Harper is second on the all-time Wyoming list in the event.In the high jump, freshman Lisa Throener had her best jump of the seasonwhen she cleared 5-6. That mark was good for second-place.

"Our men's team is shaping up pretty well for the conference meet,"said Wyoming head coach Larry Judge. "We have two weeks left to prepareand I'm pleased with where we're at. Our women's team doesn't quitehave the depth that our men's team does, but they still had some goodperformances this weekend. There were a lot of positives at this meet.I feel good as we head in the conference championships."

The next action for the Cowboys and Cowgirls is May 13 in ColoradoSprings, Colo. Wyoming will face Air Force and Colorado State at thatcompetition. The Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and FieldChampionships take place May 17-20 in Provo, Utah.