Wyoming's Hammond Earns All-America Honors

May 31, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming senior JasonHammond finished eighth Thursday in the hammer throw at the NCAA OutdoorTrack and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., earning All-Americahonors.

Hammond had a throw of 217-11, placing him in the top eight. The topeight placers in each event earn All-America status. The honor givesHammond his fourth All-America honor in his UW career. The finish alsogives Wyoming one team point, which puts the Cowboys in a tie for 25thplace overall.

Hammond, from Fresno, Calif., entered the event seeded tenth with aseason-best throw of 221-1. The winner of the hammer throw was AndrasHaklits of Georgia who had a throw of 247-8.

"This is an outstanding way for Jason to end his Cowboy career," saidWyoming head coach Don Yentes. "He moved up a couple of notches fromwhere he was seeded to earn All-America status. Jason has worked veryhard to reach this level and he performed very well when the pressurewas on."

Wyoming has two more individuals who will compete at thechampionships. Jason Gervais will compete in the discus and Andrea Battwill compete in the javelin on Friday. Distance runner Joe Hallfinished 18th in the 10,000-meter run on Wednesday.