May 20, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's andwomen's track and field teams each finished third at the inauguralMountain West Conference Outdoor Championships in Provo, Utah.
The Cowgirls finished with 121.5 team points, trailing only BYU (236)and UNLV (129). The Pokes wound up with 148 points, behind BYU (286.5)and Air Force (152). Eight teams competed on the women's side while sixteams were on the men's side.
Wyoming had one individual champion and one relay champion onSaturday. Sophomore Quincy Howe won the men's triple jump with aseason-best jump of 52-9 1/4. That is Howe's fourth conference triplejump title in two years. Wyoming went 1-2 in the triple jump withfellow sophomore Mervin Swaby finishing second (49-1). The men's 4 X400-meter relay team notched a convincing victory with a time of3:09.48. The second-place team from Air Force finished in 3:14.68.
The Cowboys received a strong performance in the 400-meter dash,finishing 2-4-7. Maxime Charlemagne finished second with a season-besttime of 46.99, giving Wyoming eight team points. Cody Millemon placedfourth (47.74) and Karal Davis was seventh (48.68). Another strongevent for the Cowboys was the discus, where Jason Gervais finished third(190-7), Jason Hammond was fifth (174-1), Justin Cavinee was seventh(160-10) and John Griffith was eighth (155-1).
Seth Billy earned a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles byclocking in at 51.21, his fastest time of the season. In the sameevent, Shane Rasby placed sixth with a time of 53.25. In the5,000-meter run, standout Joe Hall finished fourth with a time of15:09.91 and senior Carlington Duncan placed fifth in the 100-meter dashby finishing in 10.63.
The Cowgirls also had an excellent showing in the discus, finishing2-3-5-8. Robin Lyons had a throw of 167-3, good for second. Lyons wasfollowed up by Marie Le Jour (159-5), Mandy Kinney (155-4) and JulieThomas (143-11).
Sophomore Adelaide Harper also had an outstanding day for theCowgirls. In the 100-meter dash Harper placed third with a time of12.04 and in the 200-meter dash she was fourth coming in at 24.15. Alsorunning well for the Cowgirls was Fiona Lindo-Jeffrey, who placed fifthin the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.31. Wyoming also scored teampoints in the triple jump, where Tomeca Brown placed third with a leapof 39-3, her best mark of the season.
"I was very proud of the way we competed," said Wyoming head coachLarry Judge. "We had good performances up and down the board. I'mreally pleased with our improvement. Our point totals show the dramaticimprovements we've made.
"With the number of athletes we brought to the meet, we definitely hadmore quality than depth. But we had a total team effort, and competedvery well. Now we can look forward to the NCAA Championships."
The next action for the Wyoming team will be the NCAA OutdoorChampionships, held May 31-June 3 in Durham, N.C. Wyoming will learnhow many athletes will be competing when the official participants areannounced on Thursday.