May 13, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming junior Jason Gervais shatteredthe school record in the discus with an outstanding performance at theAir Force Twilight Meet, held Friday in Colorado Springs, Colo. Gervaisthrew the discus 210-10, breaking his own previous school record of205-1.
Gervais was also the top collegiate placer in the shot put (60-0) andthe hammer (198-4). The Timmons, Ontario native is automaticallyqualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in allthree events. His discus throw is the third-best throw in the countrythis season, while his shot put and hammer marks put him in elitecompany.
Jason Hammond threw well for UW as well. Hammond placed second in theshot put (56-1), third in the hammer (189-4) and fourth in the discus(163-5).
Also performing well for the Cowboys were sophomore Mervin Swaby andjunior Seth Billy. Swaby won the long jump with a leap of 24' 1" andBilly won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.00.
The Cowgirls also had some solid performances. Freshman Mandy Kinneywas the top collegiate placer in the shot put with a put of 46-9.Kinney also placed second in the discus (149-4). Marie Le Jour was thetop collegiate in the discus with a throw of 156-0 and placed third inthe javelin (117-4).
"This meet served as a tune-up for us as we prepare for the conferencechampionship," said Wyoming head coach Larry Judge. "We had a number ofkids finishing up finals, so we competed with a partial team. I washappy with Gervais' performance in the discus, especially consideringthe weather conditions, with the cold and the wind. We did have somepersonal bests, so it was a good meet for us."
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete in the Mountain West ConferenceOutdoor Championships this Wednesday-Saturday in Provo, Utah. The meetis hosted by Brigham Young University.