Smith Advances to Semifinals at 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships

June 12, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming track and fieldprogram saw two of its athletes compete on day one of the 2003 NCAA OutdoorTrack and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. on Wednesday.

Sophomore Shauna Smith took the spotlight for UW by winning her heat of the400 meter hurdles. The Sheridan, Wyo. native broke her own school record inthe event for the second time in less than a month clocking in at 57.31. Hertime ranked second on the day and advances her to the semifinals onThursday.

"Shauna looked really good today," said UW head track and field coach DonYentes. "We are all very excited too see her race tomorrow in thesemifinals."

John Griffith closed out his Cowboy career by finishing the day 22nd in thehammer throw. Also a native of Sheridan, Griffith recorded a mark of 190'10.5", his second best throw of the year.

"John came into the championships seeded 27th and he stepped up and made areally nice throw that placed him 22nd. He did a great job this season andwill be sorely missed next year."

Action continues for UW at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and FieldChampionships in Sacramento, Calif. on Thursday as sophomore Jessica Foxcompetes in the first round of the 400 meter dash, senior Quincy Howe jumpsin the qualifying round of the triple jump and Shauna Smith runs in thesemifinals of the 400 meter hurdles.