Track and Field Hosts Cowboy/Cowgirl Open

May 16, 1999


The University of Wyoming track and field team hosted the Cowboy/Cowgirl Open, its only outdoor meet of the year, this weekend in Laramie.

Four events were held on Saturday; the men's and women's javelin, the women's invitational hammer and the men's invitational discus. The remaining events took place on Sunday. Athletes from Colorado State and Northern Colorado also competed.

Cowboy decathlete Justin Smith won the javelin with a mark of 173' 0". Marie LeJour won on the women's side (127' 9"). Wyoming redshirt Jason Gervais won the discus with an outstanding mark of 208' 10". Senior standout Kevin Mannon had a mark of 191' 9", a good effort as he approaches the WAC Championships.

Along with winning the javelin Smith had his best mark of the year in the discus (118' 1"). Both events are included in the decathlon, where Smith is strong for Wyoming.

Joe Hall won the mens 1500-meter (4:05.8) and 800-meter (1:58.2). Tanisha Shatto broke the outdoor school record in the pole vault with an effort of 8' 6".

"It was really nice for us to be able to compete at home," said Larry Judge, University of Wyoming head track and field coach. "One of the things that is tough for us is being on the road every weekend, so it was nice to stay home, just relax and compete here in Laramie.

"I was really impressed with Kevin Mannon on the men's side. He was just a couple of inches off of the school record in the discus with a throw of 191' 9". That throw should get him into nationals in the discus. He's looking like a three-event qualifier for the third year in a row, (hammer, shot put, discus).

"Jason Gervais, who is a redshirt, threw the discus 208' 10". That distance qualifies him for the World Championships later this summer. It also surpasses the Olympic qualifying distance. He would have the best throw in the NCAA if he wasn't redshirting. I like his future with two seasons left.

"Dana Dillon has had a string of four consecutive personal records in the hammer. With her throw of 192' 1", she should make it into the NCAA's.

"The snowy conditions weren't ideal for us, but with the WAC Championships in Ft. Collins, it could be the same case down there. I felt like we were able to sharpen up our skills for the conference championships."

The WAC Championships will take place in Ft. Collins, Colo., and will be hosted by Colorado State University. The meet will take place on May 19-22.