June 2, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming throwers, senior Kevin Mannon and junior Robin Lyons, each earned All-American honors during the first day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Boise, Idaho.
Lyons placed fourth in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 198' 11 1/2", while Mannon placed 12th in the men's discus, eighth among American athletes, with a throw of 183' 4". The top eight Americans in each event earn All-American honors.
Lyons was seeded fifth entering the NCAA Championships, and improved one spot by finishing fourth. For Mannon, this marked the 11th time he has earned All-American status. Last season Mannon placed 11th in the hammer and seventh in the shot put, both All-American finishes, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Also competing for the Cowgirls in the hammer were junior Dana Dillon and sophomore Tamara Hawkins. Dillon finished 18th with a throw of 168' 8 1/2", while Hawkins placed 20th with a throw of 164' 4 1/2".
"Overall I was very pleased with the day for our Wyoming team," said head coach Larry Judge. "It was a nice start for us.
"Robin came out and had a very competitive performance for us, moving up one spot from where she was seeded. She now has a chance to come back on Saturday and get a nice double in the discus.
"It was raining the entire time during the women's hammer and I think that affected our throws. The rain made them a little nervous. But it was great to have three qualifiers in that event and it was good to get them that experience. I feel really good about the year they've all had and I feel like Wyoming is really developing a good tradition in this event.
"I was also very excited about Kevin's day and the way he competed. He's been hampered all season by a small fracture in his throwing hand and has really battled through that. He now has a chance to earn three All-American honors at this meet, which is something that very few track and field athletes have ever done."
The NCAA Outdoor Championships will continue through Saturday, with two UW athletes still scheduled to compete in events. Mannon will throw in the hammer and shot put competitions on Saturday, while Lyons will also compete in the discus on Saturday.