UW Track and Field Team Takes Advantage of Northern Colorado Last Chance

May 13, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

At the Northern Colorado Last Chance Meet, held in Greeley, Colo., the University of Wyoming track and field team took advantage of the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and prepare for next week's WAC Championships.

Senior Jason Medearis tied the school record and provisionally qualified in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.81. That is the best mark of the season for Medearis, who inched closer to the NCAA Championships.

Freshman Quincy Howe had his best mark of the year in the triple jump at 50' 8 1/2". That mark easily won the event for Howe, and shattered his previous personal best of 48' 7".

Kevin Mannon, the leader in the throws for the Cowboys, set the field record with a throw of 220' 5" in the hammer. Mannon also took third in the discus (181' 10").

On the women's side, junior Robin Lyons set the school record in the hammer with a mark of 198' 1", breaking her own school record of 196' 7". Lyons also finished second in the discus (173' 6").

Dana Dillon had her best mark of the season in the hammer with a toss of 185' 7", giving her a much better chance of making the nationals.

"I felt like we had some really good individual performances," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head track and field coach. "As we start to taper for the conference championships, some of our kids are really starting to step up and sharpen their skills.

"This was a good meet for us as we prepare for next week's WAC Championships. We have one more meet this weekend, where we will have the opportunity to finalize our preparations.

"The home meet will be a good situation for us, and it is our only outdoor home meet of the year."

This weekend's Cowboy/Cowgirl Open will take place on Sunday. Field events will be at the Wyoming track stadium and running events will take place at Laramie High School. Field events begin at 10:00 a.m., while running events are set to start at 11:00 a.m. Athletes from Northern Colorado and Colorado State are expected to attend.