June 10, 2004
Austin, Texas -- Day two of competition at the 2004NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas ended on a sournote for the University of Wyoming Track and Field program. TheCowgirl 4x400 meter relay team, along with Cowboy thrower ZackScheafer, failed to advance to the finals in their respective eventsThursday at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The Cowgirl 4x400 meter relay team consisting of junior Shauna Smith,senior Kima Wells, freshman Amanda Hopper and junior Jessica Fox, allWyoming natives, finished third in their heat of the event crossingthe finish line in 3:31.83 seconds. The time ranked ninth on the dayand set a new UW and Mountain West Conference record. However,Arizona State beat out the Cowgirls by .02 seconds, finishing eighthon the day with a time of 3:31.81 seconds to eliminate Wyoming fromSaturday's final.
"A school record is not what we came here for," said UW headtrack and field coach Don Yentes. "The girls ran great, the besttime of the year and to get beat out by two hundredths of a second isextremely disappointing. They wanted to be the first All-Americanrelay team in school history and it came down to that close of amargin."
UW's Zack Scheafer closed out his competition Thursday at theNCAA's with a 15th place finish in the preliminary round of themen's hammer throw. Scheafer's distance of 201' 10" was notenough to advance to the final round, scheduled for Saturday.Defending champion Lucas Mckay of Georgia leads the field with a markof 221' 3".
Fox and Smith will now prepare for Friday's preliminary action ofthe 400 meter dash and 400 meter hurdles. Fox is seeded 21st in the400 meter dash (52.65), while Smith is seeded eighth in the 400 meterhurdles (56.73).