Wyoming Athletics Closes a Chapter of History

May 22, 1999


Saturday, May 22, 1999.

The final day of competition at the 1999 Outdoor WAC Track and Field Championships came to a close on Saturday in Ft. Collins, Colo., marking the final WAC Championships for UW as a conference member.

Both Wyoming teams finished on a positive note as the Cowboys placed fifth with 80 points, while the Cowgirls stood in 11th with 32 points. BYU won both the men's and women's team titles.

"Our finishes were both big improvements over last year," said head coach Larry Judge. "Last year the men scored 60 and the women 14 1/2, so we are taking large strides in the right direction. We aren't satisfied, but I feel real good about what we've done. Now our concentration is on nationals, with six athletes qualified."

For the Cowboy team, senior Jason Medearis had an excellent showing in the hurdle finals, finishing second in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 13.83. Medearis also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a season-best time of 50.82, which earned him third-place.

Junior Carlington Duncan finished seventh in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, running 53.20.

The triple jump was a highlight for the men's team, as freshman Quincy Howe earned the title of WAC Champion with his personal-best jump of 50' 9 1/2". Freshman Mervin Swaby also provided some much-needed team points with his fourth-place finish in the event, jumping 49' 1/4".

Senior Kevin Mannon set a new school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 226'6". That mark was good enough for fourth-place in a field that included four of the top five throwers in the country. Mannon then followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the shot put, throwing 60'8 1/2".

The 4x400-meter relay team of Duncan, Medearis, Cody Millemon and Gregg Sawyer finished the meet strong with a new school record in the event, running 3:12.04 and placing sixth. Sawyer also placed seventh in the pole vault, with a vault of 16' 1 1/4".

For the Cowgirl team, the top athlete was junior Robin Lyons. Lyons had a good day on Friday, placing eighth in the shot put and second in the hammer throw, and topped that off today by placing third in the discus, with her second-best throw of the year, 172'4".

Sophomore Darby Goodspeed ran a good race in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, placing fifth in 1:01.30, despite a leg injury.

Junior Tomeca Brown also placed eighth in the 100-meter high hurdles, 16.59.

The next meet for Wyoming will be the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Boise, Idaho, June 2-5.

Friday, May 21, 1999.

The third day of competition at the 1999 WAC Track and Field Championships came to a close on Friday in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Kevin Mannon, the leader in the throws for the Cowboys, was the top finisher in the Discus with a mark of 184' 3".

"I felt really good about Kevin's performance today," said Larry Judge, Wyoming head track and field coach. "His throw of 184' 3" was his second best of the season, and I thought he really got the momentum going for us."

The finals of the long jump were also held on Friday. Freshman Mervin Swaby finished third with a jump of 23' 8". Quincy Howe also earned points with his sixth place finish, and a jump of 23' 0".

Cowboy decathlete Justin Smith had a sixth place finish in the high jump with a mark of 6'5".

"Once again, the jumps and the throws have been a strong area for us all year, and it has continued to be throughout these championships."

Qualifying for the 110-meter hurdle and 400-meter hurdle finals on Saturday were senior Jason Medearis and junior Carlington Duncan. Medearis finished the day with a time of 14.33 in the 110-meter hurdles and 51.42 in 400-meter hurdles. Duncan finished with a time of 51.64 in the 400-meter hurdles. Both Medearis and Duncan had season best marks in the 400-meter hurdles.

"I feel like were going to have a good second day of competition," said Judge. "We have Kevin Mannon in the shot put and hammer, and we think he is a very strong entry there. Also, Gregg Sawyer will be participating pole vault, along with Quincy Howe and Mervin Swaby in the triple jump. I think we're in a position to accomplish our goal, and that is to get into the top three of the WAC Outdoor Championships.

On the women's side, junior Robin Lyons set a school record in the hammer with a throw of 206', breaking her own school record of 201' 8". Her mark of 206' feet in the hammer currently places her third in the nation. Lyons also finished eighth in the shot put (44 3 1/2"). She will compete tomorrow in the discus.

Dana Dillon finished fourth in the hammer competition with a mark of 179' 10". Sophomores Julie Thomas and Marie LeJour finished eighth and ninth respectively in the competition.

Junior Tomeca Brown and sophomore Darby Goodspeed qualified for the finals Saturday in the hurdles. Brown had a season best time of 14.31 in the 100-meter hurdles. Goodspeeds time of 1:00.36, a season best mark, moves her into tomorrow's 400-meter hurdle final.

"A real good day on the women's side," said Judge. "We've made progress, obviously in already eclipsing last years point total, just on the first day. Tomorrow we have some strong events in the women's discus, womens javelin, the finals in the hurdles and our relay teams. With these events left, I feel we're in good contention to finish in the upper half of the competition."