UW Track and Field Closes Team Season at MWC Outdoor Championships

May 17, 2003

Albuquerque, N.M. -- University of Wyoming track and fieldteams closed the door on the 2003 outdoor season with 4th and 5th place teamfinishes at the 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

Senior Quincy Howe closed out his career with his eighth conference titlein the triple jump. His mark of 52' 7.5" took the top spot while teammateMervin Swaby jumped to a third place finish in the event with a distance of50' 8.25". Howe's championships marks his sixth consecutive Mountain Westtriple jump crown (indoor and outdoor), he also won two WAC titles as afreshman.

"Quincy's accomplishments in the triple jump is something that probablywon't ever be repeated again," said UW head track and field coach DonYentes. "He truly is an amazing athlete."

Other Cowboys that turned in solid performances on the last day of the meetwere Cody Millemon and Robert Harris, who finished fourth and fifth in the400 meter dash with times of 47.87 and 47.96, respectively. Mervin Swabytook seventh place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.52 and Tom Halltied for fourth in the high jump clearing the bar at 6' 5.5".

For the first time in school history two Cowgirl relay teams wonall-conference honors. The Cowgirl 4x400 relay team of Shauna Smith, KimDemers, Erin Knecht and Jessica Fox took third place with a time of 3:44.48,a new UW record. The women's 4x100 relay team Shauna Smith, Adelaide Harper,Kelly Ann Charles and Jessica Fox took second place with a time of 45.57.

Wyoming sophomore Jessica Fox took first place and set a new Mountain WestConference all-time record and UW school record in the women's 400 meterdash with a time of 51.92. The previous record was 52.16 by Michele Davis,UNLV, in 2002.

Sophomore Shauna Smith took home all-conference honors in two events onSaturday. Her time of 13.66 in the 100 meter hurdles placed second and shealso placed second in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 59.15.

Senior Adelaide Harper raced to a third place finish in the 200 meter dashwith a time of 23.77. Harper also took fifth in the 100 meter dash with atime of 11.78, setting a new UW school record.

The three school records set by UW on Saturday marks the 53rd broken recordby the team in the past three years.

"Our women improved one place from last year," added Yentes. "The ladiescut a 40 point lead CSU had on us to just four, but they ran out of gas. Ourguys finished really strong and gave it their all. Some our kids haveanother month left with the NCAA Regionals and the NCAA Championships so theseason is not over."

Several Cowboys and Cowgirls will be competing at the NCAA Regional meet inLincoln, Neb. May 29-31.