Wyoming Track and Field Takes All-MWC Honors in 11 Events

May 16, 2004

Las Vegas, Nev. - The University of Wyoming trackand field program closed the 2004 outdoor season with a fourth placefinish on the women's side and a fifth place finish for the men atthe Mountain West Conference Championships in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Cowgirls championship was highlighted by the first MWC relaytitle in UW history. The 4x400 team of freshman Amanda Hopper, seniorKima Wells and juniors Tanice Barnett and Jessica Fox raced to a firstplace time of 3:41.07. The 4x100 relay team of junior Shauna Smith,Wells, Hopper and Fox placed second with a time of 44.63.

Individually, Fox led the way for the Cowgirls racing to second placefinishes in both the 200 and 400 meter dashes. She ran respectivetimes of 23.70 and 52.92 in the events. Junior Tanice Barnett placedsecond in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:10.39. Smith placedsecond in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 13.56.

A pair of Cowboys came home with conference championships in juniorZack Schaefer and sophomore Jeremiah Johnson. Schaefer won the hammerthrow with a throw of 213 feet 10 inches and was awarded theco-outstanding male performance of the championships. Johnson claimedthe 800 meter run championship with a time of 1:48.80.

The Cowboy 4x400 relay team of freshmen Dominic Baysinger, Johnsonsnd sophomores Robert Harris and Jermaine Kelly placed second in theevent with a time of 3:11.32. The 4x100 relay team of junior BretZowada, freshmen Dwight Neptune and Adam Kelly and Harris ran to athird place time of 40.82.

In Friday's high jump competition, freshmen Phillip Thomas andJared Grant finished in second and third place with respective heightsof 6 feet 7 inches.

"The kids competed really hard," said UW track and field coachDon Yentes. "We had some really good things happen and had somethings that didn't go as well as we had hoped."