May 19, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's andwomen's teams are each in second place after Friday's action at theinaugural Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championshipsin Provo, Utah.
The Cowboys have 65 points, trailing only BYU who has 73 points. ThePokes are leading Air Force (60), Colorado State (34), New Mexico (26)and Utah (14). The Cowgirls finished with 66 points. BYU leads with94. Trailing the Cowgirls are UNLV (39), Colorado State (38), Utah(34), San Diego State (15), Air Force (15) and New Mexico (11).
Wyoming crowned four champions with some outstanding performancesacross the board. Jason Hammond and Mervin Swaby were champs on themen's side while Robin Lyons and Mandy Kinney won events for the women.
Hammond won the hammer throw with a distance of 208-5, narrowlydefeating teammate Jason Gervais, who threw 204-6. Sophomore JustinCavinee placed fourth in the hammer (197-8) and John Griffith was eighth(153-6), giving Wyoming a total of 24 team points in the hammer.
Swaby won the long jump with a season-best leap of 25-0. Swaby wasalso the MWC indoor long jump champion. In his two years at Wyoming,Swaby has won four conference long jump titles. He was followed up byQuincy Howe who finished third (23-8) and Shane Rasby who was fourth(23-2 3/4).
Senior Robin Lyons easily won the women's hammer throw with a mark of204-10. That distance was over 14 further than teammate Julie Thomas,who finished second with a throw of 190-2. Also in the hammer seniorDana Dillon was fourth (185-8) and Marie Le Jour was sixth (182-6).
In the women's shot put, true freshman Mandy Kinney won a championshipfor the Cowgirls. Kinney had a put of 50-5 1/2, beating out BeckyBeachler of BYU. This was a strong event for Wyoming, with Marie LeJour finishing fourth (47-1 3/4), Robin Lyons sixth (45-1/4) and DanaDillon seventh (43-1 3/4).
The Cowgirls also scored team points in the long jump and the javelin.In the long jump junior Tomeca Brown placed fifth (18-3 1/4) andsophomore Davina Strauss was sixth (18-2 1/4). In the javelin, JorahRoylance was second (149-0) and Marie Le Jour was fifth (132-8).
The Cowboys also received strong performances in the shot put and10,000-meter run. In the shot put, Gervais placed second (63-0) andHammond was third (60-8 1/2). Both throwers placed behind Jim Robertsof BYU, who had a huge throw of 65-3 1/4. Buffalo, Wyo., native JoeHall finished fifth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:08.79,earning the Pokes four team points.
"We had a real solid day on both sides," said Wyoming head coach LarryJudge. "We are in strong position heading into the final day. Ourthrowers and jumpers had an excellent day with lots of balance up anddown the lineup. I'm very pleased with our performances, everyone onthe team has contributed. Those performances have us in good shape. Westill have some big events left and have a number of athletes in thefinals tomorrow."
The meet will conclude on Saturday with a full slate of actionscheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.