UW Track and Field Teams End a Tough Third Day at 2003 MWC Outdoor Championships

May 16, 2003

Albuquerque, N.M. (May 16, 2003)-- University of Wyoming track and fieldteams wrapped up competition on day three of the 2003 Mountain WestConference Friday in Albuquerque, N.M. The Cowboys are in fourth place inthe overall team standings with 19 points while the Cowgirls are in seventhplace with 14 points.

Senior Mervin Swaby earned all-conference honors in the long jump with asecond place finish. His distance of 24' 3.5" is a season best mark, Swabyalso qualified to compete in the finals of the 100 meter dash tomorrow withhis time of 10.69.

Two Cowboy tracksters qualified for finals competition tomorrow in theirrespective events. Freshman Robert Harris qualified in the 400 meter dashwith a time of 47.92, the fourth best time on the day. Fellow freshmanJeremiah Johnson qualified as well, his time of 1:51.79 in the 800 meterswas the seventh best time in the event.

Senior Adelaide Harper highlighted the Cowgirls on Friday. Harper tookfourth place in the long jump with a leap of 18' 11.75". She also qualifiedfor tomorrows finals competition in the 100 meter dash, with a time of11.83, and the 200 meter dash, with a NCAA Regional Qualifying time of23.93.

Junior Andrea Batt took all-conference honors in the discus throw. Batt hada disappointing finish in the hammer throw Friday but came back later in theday to take second place in the discus with a mark of 154' 9".

Five other Cowgirls will be competing in the finals of their respectiveevents on Saturday. Sophomore Jessica Fox set a new Great Friends of NewMexico track record with a time of 52.64 in the prelims of the 400 meters.Sophomore Tanice Barnett ran an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 4:36.84 inthe 1,500 meters to move on to the finals. Sophomore Shuana Smith qualifiedfor the finals in two events on Friday. Her time of 13.76 in the 100 meterhurdles was the third best time of the day and she also had the second besttime in the 400 meter hurdles crossing the finish line in 59.67. SeniorKelly Ann Charles followed Smith in the 100 meters to finish with the fourthbest time of 13.93 and freshman Ingvild Carstens ran a personal best 1:01.74in the 400 meter hurdles to move on to the finals as well.

"We had some ups and downs today," said UW head track and field coach DonYentes. "Adelaide Harper had a great day and it was good to see Mervin Swabyend his long jump career with an all-conference finish. We had some greatperformances today and our kids are going to keep battling tomorrow."

The MWC Outdoor Track & Field Championships conclude Saturday, May 17,following the men's 4x400m relay at 3:05 p.m. MDT and the announcement ofthe individual and team awards.