Wyoming's Gervais and Batt Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Meet

June 1, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming senior JasonGervais finished seventh in the discus, while freshman Andrea Battplaced fifth in the javelin on Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Championshipsin Eugene, Ore., earning them both All-America honors.

Gervais had a throw of 191'11", placing him in the top eight. The topeight placers in each event earn All-America status. The honor givesGervais his seventh All-America honor in his Wyoming career.

Gervais, from Timmins, Ontario, entered the event seeded fourth with athrow of 201' 9". The winner of the discus was Toga Koseoglu of TexasA&M, who had a throw of 204'10".

"It was a frustrating day for Jason," said throw coach Paul Barrett."The weather conditions weren't ideal, so it made it tough. Despite thathe still placed seventh in the competition and is once again anAll-American."

Batt notched a mark of 167'10" to place fifth in her first NCAA OutdoorChampionships. This is the first ever All-America award for Batt.

Batt, from Huson, Mont., broke a Mountain West Conference and schoolrecord in the javelin with a mark of 168' 8" to enter her event seededsixth. Inga Stasuilionyte of Southern California won the javelin throwwith a mark of 172'4".

"Andrea came up huge in this track meet," added Barrett. "She was closeto the leaders the entire way, and was less than a foot from therunner-up spot. We're extremely pleased with a freshman coming throughlike that, and it really shows signs of her potential down the road."

"Overall, it was a good weekend for us with three All-Americans. It'sunfortunate we lose both Jason Hammond and Jason Gervais, but it was agreat way for them to end their careers."

The Cowboys currently have three points and the Cowgirls have fourpoints in the competition.

Distance runner Joe Hall finished 18th in the 10,000-meter run onWednesday and Jason Hammond placed eighth in the hammer throw onThursday.