May 31, 2003
Lincoln, Neb. (May 31, 2003)-- Four University of Wyoming track and fieldathletes qualified for the NCAA Championships with their performancesSaturday at the 2003 NCAA Midwest Regional in Lincoln, Neb. Cowgirls JessicaFox and Shauna Smith along with Cowboys John Griffith and Quincy Howe placedin the top five in their respective events to earn a trip to the 2003 NCAAChampionships in Sacramento, Calif., June 11-14.
Jessica Fox finished third in the finals of the 400 meter dash breaking hertwo-week old record with a time of 51.93 to qualify for the NCAAChampionships. The sophomore from Burns, Wyo. has now surpassed her own 400meter record three times this season.
Sophomore Shauna Smith earned a trip to Sacramento by placing fourth in the400 meter hurdles. Smith crossed the finish line in 57.54 breaking her ownrecord she set yesterday. She also placed eighth in the finals of the 100meter hurdles with a time of 13.91.
Cowboy Quincy Howe earned his third trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track andField Championships with his third place finish in the triple jump with adistance of 52' 5". Howe will now try for All-American honors for the thirdtime in his collegiate career.
John Griffith, a native of Sheridan, Wyo., qualified for the NCAAChampionships by throwing a personal best distance of 195' 4" in the hammerthrow yesterday. Griffith's fifth place finish was one of the best underdogperformances of the meet.
"We were confident that at least four of our athletes could earn a trip tothe championships," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "I amvery proud of our efforts at our first regional. We had three school recordsand many personal records broken this weekend. I think our program is goingto be represented very well at the NCAA Championships."
Fox, Smith, Howe and Griffith will compete next at the NCAA Outdoor Trackand Field Championships June 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif.