UW Closes Out at 1999 NCAA Track and Field Championships

June 5, 1999


University of Wyoming thrower, senior Kevin Mannon, earned All-American honors in the final day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Boise, Idaho.

Mannon placed 11th in the men's hammer throw, in the top eight among American athletes, with a throw of 212' 9". He would also place 15th in the shot put, just short of an All-American honor, with a toss of 58' 4 3/4".

Mannon was seeded sixth in the hammer and 20th in the shot put entering the competition. For Mannon, this marked the 12th time he has earned All-American status. Mannon finished 12th in the men's discus earlier in the week to receive All-American honors.

Junior Robin Lyons fell just short of earning her second All-American honor of the week. With a toss of 170' 11" in the discus, she missed qualifying for the finals by one place. Lyons earned honors earlier in the week with a fourth place finish in the hammer throw.

"Obviously, it was a good meet for Kevin in picking up two NCAA All-American honors," said head track and field coach Larry Judge. "It's unfortunate that his last nationals meet was a bit anticlimactic. I think the broken hand really hampered him throughout the meet, and not to take anything away from his accomplishments, but I feel he is the greatest track and field athlete in Wyoming history. He picked up All-American honors seven times while at Wyoming, the other five at South Carolina before transferring, and I think he's helped put our program on the map."

"A very heartbreaking performance for Robin Lyons," added Judge. "I thought she threw well, and it was consistent with what she had been throwing throughout the season. She just missed the finals, and if she would of had three more throws I think she would have been in the finals."

"I thought she had a good meet, earning All-American honors in the hammer throw, and a solid showing in the discus. Were looking forward to Robin coming back next year and making a move up in all the events."

"Overall, I thought it was a successful nationals for Wyoming. We had three All-Americans total, and had a very respectable showing in the events by all of our athletes. I felt like our kids got in there, competed and can walk away with a good feeling about the meet."